GWP Nature Blog

  • It was 10:30pm and after a delicious dinner with friends in Tobermory, I was back at Glengorm, entertaining thoughts of a duvet, hot water bottle and my new book. Since the night sky was so incredibly clear, it seemed rude not to quickly check the aurora forecast before bed. One last hook-up to the World-Wide-Web. […]

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  • As I approach my fifth summer on the island, it is with great excitement that I can announce I will be the new Glengorm Wildlife Ranger for 2017. You may have seen me before, clad in my yellow wellies hopping on and off the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust’s research vessel Silurian, or dressed in […]

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  • Sunshine. And with it, our first Highland calves of 2016! For once, the weather has been kind to our youngsters. Though they are well prepared for the worst sort of Scottish spring, you can’t help but feel that it must be more… enjoyable… to be born on a sunny morning. All around the castle and […]

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  • Driving along Glengorm’s access road is something that I do daily. As a commute, it takes a bit of beating – and not just because of the scenery. On Mull, being a birdwatcher with a driving licence really puts your peripheral vision to the test. There are few things more frustrating [and potentially life-threatening] than spotting […]

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  • Opportunities to complain about Mull being too warm are infrequent. If complaints must be made, one certainly wouldn’t expect to be making them in winter. All around Glengorm the 5,000 daffodil bulbs that Valerie planted in autumn are budding – some have broken into flower already. My garden boasts more than a few roses; indeed, they […]

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  • Following something of an Indian Autumn, Mull is now back to its default Winter weather setting: horrid. Torrential rain, cyclonic wind and dour sky aside, I did manage to escape the office for a paltry hour and a half of fresh air. It’s been a pretty difficult year on the island. As a community, it […]

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  • You might recall my previous post regarding the presence of Juniper on Glengorm. Following the visit by Matt Parratt last week, we are delighted to report that bushes [both male and female] were found, and that sufficient numbers of juniper cones were collected to make his trip worthwhile. Mr Parratt enjoyed superlative weather, which was […]

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  • Great news from Glengorm today, as we welcome Matt Parratt from The UK National Tree Seed Project to collect Juniper seeds from our site! This initiative is overseen by Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, as part of their Millennium Seed Bank. Juniper (Juniperus communis) is a priority species for conservation. Scottish Natural Heritage, the Forestry Commision and […]

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  • I’m the first one to admit it: my knowledge of bees is woefully deficient. Clutching my FSC fold out guide I have made brief and tentative forays into the mysterious world of bee identification. Like most people, I just haven’t quite “got there” yet. So imagine my delight when Katy Malone of the Bumblebee Conservation […]

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  • There have been times this summer when, braced against horizontal rain and bellowing into the faces of distressed transatlantic tourists, I have had cause to re-evaluate my career choice. Sometimes being a wildlife guide just isn’t that easy. Worse still, there are occasions when the wildlife is there with bells on… but your clients, dressed […]

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