12/06/18. Tigh a’ Ghearraidh, nr. Hosta, North Uist.

An evening spent on the beach in this isolated spot just north of the extraordinary RSPB Balranald nature reserve on North Uist.   The beach is close to a well-known blowhole, though the tide was out when I went, and so unfortunately I couldn’t find this spot. The beach was wonderfully noisy; lots of Oyster ...

12/06/18. Fence at Barpa Langais, North Uist.

Contact microphones provide a new insight into sound – especially sound produced by the wind and other forms of vibration that are otherwise hard to capture with more traditional microphones.   The barbed-wire fence enclosing the Barpa Langais (burial chamber) is particularly well sited; facing the north wind directly and being more exposed by being ...

12/06/18. Garden Tiger Moths eating Hawkbit; Barpa Langais, North Uist.

Beautiful woolly, hairy moth caterpillars in large numbers to be found on the grounds of the Barpa Langais (ancient burial mound at Langass, near Lochmaddy).   I had been recording the sound from a nearby fence when I saw these caterpillars at my feet, voraciously consuming hawkbit leaves.  The yellow hawkbit flowers look a little ...

12/9/18. Corn Crake. Aird a’ Mhachair, North Uist.

Machair is the name of a unique coastal landscape found mainly on the northwest coasts of the British Isles.   Some of the best areas for this are in Uist, off the Northwest coast of the Scottish mainland.  Machair consists of sandy soil formed of crushed seashells and lies between and among the sand dunes ...

17/05/18 – 18/05/18. Skokholm: Storm Petrels II (3 recordings).

The next evening, 18/5/18, I went out later to two different locations along another wall near the cottage and by the Northern Plain.   It was between 23:00 and 00:15, and so covered the period from almost dark, to dark.  This time I found at least 2 birds singing away, but in slightly different ways, ...

17/05/18-18/05/18. Skokholm: Storm Petrels I

Skokholm has beautiful geologic features; the dominant feature being red (raspberry coloured) sandstone.  This sandstone seems quite hard; it doesn’t weather into a smooth surface; instead it forms into shards.  These formations occur in massive scale along the coastline, and then also fracture over time into large, medium and smaller fragments.   Massive or small, ...

15/05/18. Skokholm: Chattering Guillemots on the cliffs of North Gully.

Skokholm is home to about two thousand Guillemots.  With their erect stance and funny waddle on land these lovely birds almost look like penguins from a distance.  They collect themselves in tight groups in precarious positions on the rocks and cliffs.  From a distance it looks as though they have pasted themselves onto the sheer ...

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