Saturday, 26 March 2016
I was told about a search engine called Ecosia the other day - they use the revenue generated by advertising to plant trees, and have planted over 3 million so far. I am going to try it out, why don't you? Liza. https://info.ecosia.org/what?ref=first-search
Our local dry stane dyker, John Rae, has been repairing the wall to the south of the Mire Loch over the last couple of weeks. Its like doing a three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle, but with no picture to give you a clue as to what goes where. It takes skill and patience, but when done well, you shouldn't be able to tell where the mend is. John very kindly took a set of photos of the work he's been doing over the last few weeks to give you a bit of an insight into the process. Liza.
Friday, 25 March 2016
You may remember that we had a Green Tourism audit the other week. This morning I received the news that we have been upgraded from Silver to Gold in recognition of the environmentally friendly way we run the property here at St Abb's Head. Good to know its been recognised that we practice what we preach! Liza.
Monday, 21 March 2016
Did you spot St Abb's Head on Countryfile last night? It was in a piece about the effect of wind farms on birds. It was an interesting piece, why not check it out on iplayer? The piece starts at about 6 mins 30 secs in.
If you have been down by the Mire Loch over the last few months, you will have noticed that there has been a lot of work taking place on the Mire Dam. This is because a we have been trying to locate the source of a leak in the dam (which has been getting worse over the last couple of years), and plug it. The dam is of a pretty basic construction - a core of "puddled" or compacted clay, with stone armouring on the side nearest the loch and all buried in an earth structure. ...You would think with such a simple construction it would be easy to find and plug a leak, but it has proved to be somewhat illusive. We have dug several large holes, punched through the concrete spillway and one of its walls, puddled in tonnes of clay, rebuilt the wall and recast the concrete spillway, and we have definitely slowed the leak down, but not stopped it completely. All somewhat frustrating!
However, now that the breeding season is approaching fast, we have had to put an end to our work down there so that there is time for the water level to come back up ready for the wildfowl to start building their nests (we've been keeping the water level down with a siphon whilst we have been doing our excavations).
So apologies for the noise, and the mess and the disruption. The contractors have tidied themselves off site pretty well, but it still looks pretty scarred at the moment. But once the grass starts growing it will soon heal over. What do they say about eggs and omelettes? Thank you for bearing with us!
Saturday, 19 March 2016
Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Tuesday, 15 March 2016
The recent warm weather has brought more spring firsts to St Abb's Head. We spotted our first butterfly, a Peacock, yesterday, and this stunning Red-green carpet was caught in a moth trap at the weekend. Lizy.
|Red-green Carpet (Chloroclysta siterata)|
Friday, 11 March 2016
The last couple of days have been very spring-like here at St Abb's Head. Birds such as Skylark and Yellowhammer have started singing, flowers including Lesser Celandine and Primrose are starting to emerge, and most importantly the seabirds are back! The last couple of days have seen 1000s of Guillemots back on the cliffs, although they are very unsettled at this time of year, and could easily have all disappeared out to sea by tomorrow! Looking a bit more settled are the Shags which have already started to build nests.
|Foul Bay, finally filled with the sights and sounds of a seabird colony after many months of emptiness|
|Guillemots back on the cliffs, including one bridled Guillemot with a white ring around its eye|