Technology - From the North!

Saturday, July 1st 2017

Before I start the blog, on behalf of the Management Group, I would like to say a huge, sincere thank you to all the volunteers who are helping the reserve to get ready for Foxglove 25. The range of tasks is so varied. They include taking on Word and producing new labels, strimming around the orchids along the path sides, pruning wet branches, filling feeders, stock taking, washing up and supporting guided walks. Some volunteers must be tired of coloured paints as the marker posts have been repainted. Paths have been re-laid and net ride discs collected and cleaned ready for a new coat of bright red paint. Sugar, flour and butter has been purchased to make the cakes and tray bakes. The list is endless and all of the tasks are carried out with a smile, enthusiasm and great energy. Comments from two groups on guided walks were extremely complimentary and with an understanding of the amount of time and care taken by volunteers to keep Foxglove looking so good. Thank you.

Other volunteers, members of the ringing group, are now at Cape Wrath.  Technology, as I have said before, is amazing and we have photos flying through the ether to me, to go onto the blog! 

The photos are from Thursday and Friday as the signal has been a little variable.  Although a long journey ahead of them, if wader chicks are spotted then the landrovers stop for a ringing session.

Ringing

The rain kept pace with the journey as they neared Balmacara. 

The convoy near Balamamra

Some of the islands in the area of Ardheslaig, have to be reached by boat.

Boat journey to the islands

Boat journey

All the kit packed on Wednesday has a use, and much of it has to be taken with them on each excursion.

Waiting for the boat with kit

For several years the team have found a Barn Owl on one of the islands.  One year she had 14 eggs, this year she has chicks about 4 days old.  Our Barn Owls have fledged.

Barn Owl chicks

Thanks to Roger and Leanne for the update.  The email said that they were now at Cape Wrath and just setting out to visit the islands - but black clouds were looming! 


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