Hello, I’m Emily the ranger for Iona, Staffa, Burg and the Ross of Mull. What have I been up to recently?
Well, wildflowers and seashore safaris have featured in many of my events this year. Here’s a lovely scarlet pimpernel found growing near Sandeels Bay on Iona, and some rockpool friends:
I have been working alongside Mary Ireson and Scott Douglas, youthworkers in Tobermory and Oban respectively, to bring together young people from all over Mull, and from Oban, for fun outdoor activities. This week’s challenge was a camping trip to Ulva (thanks to Fran and Isaac from Camas outdoor centre – http://www.iona.org.uk/island-centres/camas) as part of the John Muir Award, discovering, exploring, conserving and sharing the experience of wild places: http://www.johnmuiraward.org
The group worked as a team to help carry all the equipment, stopping for games and butterfly spotting along the way, and set up camp near the coast. A highlight of the evening’s beach exploration was observing the fascinating world of the hermit crab as we found a large colony in a nearby rockpool and spent time offering them empty shells as potential new homes or watching them delicately scavenging the eyes from some nearby dead sandeels to eat! Some of our group made an in-depth study of the creatures living inside a cowpat!! I think John Muir would have approved 🙂