The Blog

  • 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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  • There are two fundamental forces that govern my working life:  the wildlife and the weather. This year, Mother Nature has quite literally flipped me the bird. Star-Species sightings have never been so good – but the weather has never been so bad. For our smaller residents, things are looking pretty bleak. I have only seen […]

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  • The Song Thrush: one of Britain’s most charming and decorous songbirds. Dressed tastefully in brown, black and gold, it hops about in our pasture tweaking at this or that worm, bashing snails against rocks or cocking its head to watch passers-by. One of the most frequently asked questions on my walks is “why do you […]

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  • To people who work in outdoor jobs, boxes can be scary things. They are carried anxiously towards you, held at arm length to avoid jiggling the contents.  The faces bobbing above the box are filled with nervous excitement and concern – the mouth a pale “O” of part-formed accounts and explanations. Birds seem to cop […]

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  • Recently, I experienced a desire to know more about otters. For reasons unknown, their whiskery faces had bubbled up to a more prominent pool in my consciousness. Thumbing the instructions for a new trail cam and staring into the middle distance, I felt compelled to investigate. Encounters with these animals have an arbitrary quality. I […]

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