GWP Nature Blog

  • Many of us visit Mull to enjoy its magnificent wildlife. When we’re frantically scanning the horizon with binoculars, or peering owlishly at the kelp from our car window, it’s easy to overlook the quiet beauty of plants. Plants play it cool. They wouldn’t be seen dead talon-locking and tumbling out of the sky to win […]

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  • Walk out to An Sean Dun on a pleasant evening, and you will hear one of nature’s most evocative songs: that of the Eurasian Curlew. At first they whistle uncertainly among themselves, shuffling about over weedy rocks on the shore. The dark lines of their bills curve down like ribs. The brown chevrons on their […]

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  • On Glengorm, the annual cycle of the farm is once again in motion. March brought the arrival of our first Highland calves, and, the first few precious days of good weather. Highland cows like to give birth in private. When their time is near, they leave the main group and set off in search of […]

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  • On Tuesday the 25th of February, at 9am GMT, the parallel universes of Farming and Ineptitude collided. I don’t usually help out with our livestock – for good reason – so when opportunity knocked I was most pleased. The Glengorm farm is a man-zone of tractors, male posturing and humorous banter. It is a place where […]

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  • Mull has a larger-than-average quota of celebrity species. Indeed, there are days when I can scarcely keep up with all the A-List eagle action. Nevertheless, my top wildlife moments have come from more mundane quarters this week. Around our shores, herons are very much like streetlights: they’re tall, grey and stationed reliably every fifty meters. […]

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  • As those of you who live on Mull will know, it has scarcely stopped raining for the last two months. The road that leads past the Coffee Shop and to our house is now an attractive drive-thru burn […and the brakes on my car have never been so well lubricated]. This new water feature continues […]

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  • Currently available on iPlayer, we have the segment here for our overseas viewers. A look at how our abundance of wildlife brings visitors to the Island, and to Glengorm in particular. Well done to Steph and Tom for spreading the word across Scotland! Enjoy the segment, and as Tom says, let’s hope we see you […]

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  • Here’s some fantastic aerial photography we watched this week over on Vimeo. It was shot on Mull, Skye, Harris and Lewis. It features some of Glengorm around Loch Torr and goes on to some spectacular scenery across the Hebridees.Shot with a Quadcopter and GoPro. Thanks to Weencent on Vimeo for sharing.

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  • I do not habitually wind-up Owls. But late last night, I succumbed to a black and sinful temptation. I often walk George at dusk, taking him out for a final chance to “commune with nature” before we all go to bed. The light has been failing noticeably earlier: creatures of the night now find themselves […]

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  • Sunday afternoon, and conditions were appalling. Doors blew open, windows jolted and George glared at me from under the table. He is not fond of “using the facilities” during inclement weather. Mysteriously though, he overcame these precious tendencies once a chance to raid the Coffee Shop bins presented itself. George was in mighty hot water […]

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