Cuil Bay walk Sat 19 April

Our next field trip is at Cuil Bay on Sat 19 April.  We meet at 10 a.m. at the roadside parking area towards the end of the Cuil Bay road (NM 9784 5528).

We will be looking at Marsh Fritillary sites to see how the caterpillars are doing this year and will also visit a site of the very rare White Script Lichen which is endemic to the Scottish west coast.

With Spring well underway there should be plenty more to see including early butterflies, bumblebees and other insects, flowers and perhaps the first Wheatear or other summer bird visitors.

Bring a packed lunch and stout waterproof footwear.  Lifts available from Connel and various other places, please ask.  Can pick up any Lismore folk from Port Appin.

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Photos from our last walk are at

Our midweek field trip will be on Tue 29 April, venue to be announced.

Advance notice: Our May midweek field trip will not be on the last Tuesday in May but will be on the following Tuesday 3 June and is a special visit to the Isle of Eriska with permission of the owners.

Our Species of the Month is the Hedgehog.  All sightings welcome including dead ones on the road.

With sunny springtime wishes


Mar 25 midweek field trip

ImageBarren Strawberry (Potentilla sterilis)

This month’s midweek recording field trip will be on Tuesday 25th March at 10 a.m.  Meet in the Appin Community Car Park opposite Appin Church and Appin Village Hall (NM 9387 4590).

From there we will head south-east along the Sustrans cycle track, continuing the survey of the track which we started in 2011 and which has now reached the incredible total of 354 plant species for the track as a whole.  The sections from Appin towards Inverfolla have only been done in July and August so we can hope to add some early season plants to the lists for these sections, such as Lesser Celandine and our species of the month Hairy Bittercress, and perhaps even Barren Strawberry, a very common plant which unbelievably has not yet been recorded anywhere along the length of the cycle track.

In addition, almost all lichens, birds etc that we see will be new records for the sections of track that we’re on, and we should find some that are new for the track as a whole.

Lifts available from various places, please get in touch if want to car-share.  Bring packed lunch.

Looking forward to seeing everyone.


Free swift nest-boxes

David Croucher has made some Swift nest-boxes which are free to anyone who wants to put them up.  There may also be help available with installing the boxes.  Swifts are losing their breeding sites due to modern roof renovations, so these nest-boxes can help them find a home.  They have to be placed as high as the eaves of a two-storey house.  A single-storey house is not suitable.  They are wonderful birds to watch.  Let me know if you’re interested in having any nest-boxes.


Sat 15 March River Avich walk

Our next walk is beside the River Avich on Saturday 15 March.  We meet at 10 a.m. at Barnaline Forestry Commission car park (NM 970 139), which is on the right as you drive south, about 4 miles after Inverinan and 1 mile before Dalavich.  From there we’ll walk to Loch Avich along the track beside the wooded river with its scenic waterfalls.  The birds will be building their nests and there may be some early spring flowers out.

Bring a packed lunch and stout waterproof footwear.  Lifts are available from Taynuilt and probably other places, please get in touch if you want to car-share.

Looking forward to seeing everyone.


Ballachuan Photos – February 15th 2014


Jan Hamilton’s photo of Hazel Gloves from our visit to Ballachuan on Feb 15.  Lots more pictures from the walk are at : -

LNHG visit to Ballachuan Hazelwood

Feb 25 midweek field trip

Our midweek recording field trip this month will be on Tue 25 Feb at South Creagan.  Meet at 10 a.m. at the car park just south of the Creagan Bridge (NM 9740 4382).  If coming from the south, after Sutherland’s Grove you pass a long stretch with no houses to the right, then as you get near the Creagan Bridge you see a house ahead of you on the right.  A bit before the house is a black and white chevron sign and immediately before the chevron sign is the entrance to a car park.

If coming from the north, after the South Creagan roundabout you pass two or three houses on your left and then you see a chevron sign ahead, with a A828 sign a bit beyond that.  Immediately after the chevron turn left into the car park.

There should be lifts available from both directions.  Please get in touch if interested in car-sharing.

We’ll be looking at seashore life and brushing up on our seaweeds, then as the tide comes in we’ll look at coastal lichens and anything we can find in the adjacent woods.  I’m not familiar with the spot so I don’t know what to expect but if the usual pairs of eyes are present we’re sure to find plenty of interest.

Photos from our last midweek field trip are at


Wildlife Calendar for 2014

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