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.
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.
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
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 http://www.lnhg.org.uk/2014-01-28.htm
- Samples (Click on image to enlarge)
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Our July talk is by Ed Tyler on the subject of “Permaculture: design using ecological principles”. It starts at 7.30 pm on Tue 9 July in the Seil Island Hall, Ellenabeich. Tea and biscuits after the talk.
On the night of Monday 10 June I set up the LNHG moth trap at Barcaldine School, and the next morning, with the help of Rosy Thomson and the staff and pupils, we examined the moths and worked out what they all were. We caught 49 moths of 29 different species (and a wasp). Photos here.