Calgary Bay Beach Blitz

Sunday 12th saw our bi-annual beach blitz at Calgary Bay,

Calgary Bay

Calgary Bay

As ever we had a wonderful turn out from locals and visitors including campers in the campsite. With an added incentive of their being cream eggs to find, the ‘blitzers’ heading out in cheery groups across the bay to gather the residue of the storms.
As ever, there was a horrific amount of fisherman’s twine and residue, which left in the sea, would have taken over a 100 years to decompose and by then potentially having threatened the life of many of our sea creatures. Below is an image from the North Atlantic Garbage patch.

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The North Atlantic Garbage Patch

It is an area of man-made debris found floating in the middle of the Atlantic and estimated to be hundreds of kilometres across in size, with a density of over 200,000 pieces of debris per square kilometre. So next time you think of throwing something out and not into a bin and disposing of it responsibly think of the effect it is having on our environment and our wildlife, whether it be land or sea and lets not make the North Atlantic Garbage patch any bigger.

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So for our efforts at Calgary, we managed to gather 2 trailer loads of rubbish, upgrade some of the picnic tables, clear the camping area of some of the seaweed brought in by the storm tides and find the hidden cream eggs. I did hear an adult whom had found a small glove belong to small child (also beach cleaning), well a 9 year old, trying to bribe him to give him his glove back for a cream egg, thankful said small child held onto his egg and got his glove back.(All  in good fun!)

The afternoon ended with a very sociable refreshment session, with tea, coffee, juice, biscuits, crisps and home baking, very much enjoyed by all.

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Tea time

Thanks everyone for all your hard work!

Watch out for more fun events during the summer months and visit our events calendar to see what is on.

: ) Jan And Tikka!

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Moth madness

What a week!

We’re definitely lucky to be in the ranger service with weather like this, who wouldn’t want to work outside? Unfortunately the guided walk on Ulva earlier this week didn’t go ahead but we’ve still been busy! 

We’re preparing for the Uisken Beach Games which is this Sunday from 2pm, come along to see us there. We’ve got lots of fun activities for kids to enjoy and to keep them busy from fishing and beach bingo, to the “rotten game” and wee beach critters to explore. The weather is forecast to stay pretty good too so pop down and say hello.

It’s also not long till both Bunessan and Salen shows, again with lots of fun outdoor activities for the children. Rachel, our eagle ranger will be there too with eagle activities, and interesting things for adults to have a look at too.

Moth Madness  

Next Monday morning we’re running an interesting event, join Rachel and Sian Scott for a morning of moth madness. We’ll run a moth trap over night to catch lots of lovely moths, we can then investigate, ID and enjoy the contents in the morning whilst enjoying a brew too. We have about 500 moths in Scotland, most of which you’ve probably never seen before, some are absolutely stunning. Come along to Craignure Village Hall at 10am – 12pm on Monday morning.

Everyone welcome and hot drinks are on hand.

£5 per adult

£3 per child

(Costs go towards the use of the hall and to the ranger service)

Call 07540792650 for more info!

Moth Trapping