Here up the north end of Mull we have been making the most of this fine weather.
The Lighthouse path, Tobermory is just about completed with the last of the steps signs and benches going in. All the feedback from visitors and locals has been so appreciate it makes all the marching along in 6 inches of mud this time last year seem so far away.
Calgary Bay and the machair are also looking good, Last year we had a donation page which allowed us to fence of the machair and thus regulate the grazing of the sheep in partnership with the grazier. Last year there were many more flowers but this year for the first time we have seen the reintroduction of orchids. Species seen so far this year are bird’s foot trefoil, buttercup, daisy, oxe-eye daisy, white and red clover, milkwort, lady’s bedstraw, thyme, stonecrop, hawkweed, yarrow and Northern Marsh Orchid. It is planned to do another transect survey in July to see what we have compared to when we did it this time last year. We had a beach clean and catch up a couple of weeks ago and it was lovely to see a mix of locals and visitors all helping to tidy up the beach and pull thistles – a rather prickly job left to those with heavy duty gloves.
I had a lovely morning in Aros Park with Tobermory P1 and 2. We did lots of environmental based running around games and then built a hedgehog home. The morning was finished off with a sausage sizzle and tent building on the lawn.
On the 20th of June we had a lovely guided walk around Ardmore and again the weather was kind to us. The flowers along the path edges were beautiful but all wildlife was lying low except the peacock caterpillars.
We have been so lucky with the weather so far this year so let’s hope it continues for a bit yet