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!

Erraid & Kids Beach Day

Coming up this week we’ve got two lovely events!

Tuesday 12th – Erraid guided walk with Emily

A walk exploring the natural and cultural history of this tidal island (setting for Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Kidnapped’), stopping off at the seal colony, lighthouse observatory and a beautiful sandy beach. You may wish to linger and explore the many lovely beaches around Knockvologan after the walk.

10.30am-2.30pm, £7.50/£5, meeting at Knockvologan Farm, bring along waterproofs, sturdy walking footwear, lunch and a drink, call  07717581405 to book or for more info!

 

Thursday 14th – Kids Beach Activity Day

Spend the day on the beach. We’ll do lots of activities, including a beach clean up & rock pooling. Take the plastic challenge – how many “one-use” plastic items do you use in a day? Try and count before you come along. Use an ID sheet to find local shoreline creatures. We’ll have a great day whatever the weather and get our feet wet!

10am-2pm, £7.50/£5, meeting Calgary Bay car park, wear suitable, weather appropriate clothing, good footwear and bring along lunch and a drink. Booking not required, but helpful. You can call Rachel on 07540792650 for more info.

 

Next week… 21st August – Froglife comes to Mull

Dragons on the move – a unique opportunity to learn more about pond life from wildlife charity Froglife! Join the Ranger Service and Froglife to study and learn about the local pond life in the area with:

– fun pond dipping sessions

– activites

– craft sessions

– use of lab facilities to study what you find

– join a guided walk to look for reptiles in the area

1-3pm, £5/£3 at Corry Meadows, Fisnish (PA65 6BA), please wear appropriate clothing and footwear, for more info please contact Jan on 01680 300640 or 07765898600

 

We had a great time over the last two weeks with Bunessan Show and Salen Show, both great days! The was windy and then very muddy respectively for each, I think my van only just made it out of the field. Things are just about back to normal with Scottish children back to school this week already. We will be at Tobermory Lifeboat Day this weekend though (Sunday 17th), so come and support our much appreciated emergency service!