Events 2017

Mull and Iona Ranger Service Events May 2017                  

 

Costs for events are: Adults £8, Children £4 and family group (2A and 2C £20)

We can plan events, but not the weather! Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear, bring camera and binoculars if you have them and picnic if it is over lunch time. Also remember the Scottish Midge!!

 

 

Wednesday  3rd May – “Pop up Ranger”

Join the ranger for wildlife spotting and knowledge at either the Loch Torr or Fishnish Wildlife Hides. There’ll be ID guides, books and information on hand.

Plus investigate the catch from the (harmless) overnight moth trap at Loch Torr (weather dependent).

Time: Loch Torr 10am-12pm Fishnish 2-4pm

Further info: 07540792650 or 01680 300640

 

Wednesday 10th May – Ulva Guided Walk

Join the Ranger Service for a peaceful walk on the beautiful Isle of Ulva.

We’ll do a circular walk enjoying the wildlife and scenery, including the Spring wildflowers like Bluebell, Marsh Marigold and Cuckoo Flower. We’ll chat about the island history, conservation and the rare butterfly and moth species found there. You can end the walk with a delicious lunch at The Boathouse.

Time: 10am- 1.30pm

Meet: Ulva Ferry

Further info: 07540792650 or 01680 300640

Wednesday 10th May – Staffa puffins drop-in

Make your own way to the island with one of the local boat operators and find the ranger on the island throughout the day to answer your questions about Staffa’s puffin colony.

Bring: sturdy footwear and clothing appropriate to the weather

Further info: 01681 700659 or 07717581405

Wednesday  17th May – “Pop up Ranger”

Join the ranger for wildlife spotting and knowledge at either the Loch Torr or Fishnish Wildlife Hides. There’ll be ID guides, books and information on hand.

Plus investigate the catch from the (harmless) overnight moth trap at Loch Torr (weather dependent).

Time: Loch Torr 10am-12pm Fishnish 2-4pm

Bring: Binoculars if you have them.  Clothing appropriate to the weather.

Further info: 07540792650 or 01680 300640

Wednesday 17th May – Archaeology walk for ROMHC project or Shiaba walk

Tbc

Wednesday  24th May – Plastic Beach Workshop

Enjoyable guided walk along the shores of Loch Buie to enjoy local wildlife whilst learning more about the impacts of plastic waste. We’ll have a picnic on the beach – can you bring a plastic free lunch?

Followed by an informative workshop on easy, cost effective ways to reduce your plastic footprint and lessen your impact on our planet.

Time: 11am-2pm

Meet: Loch Buie parking area

Further info: 07540792650 or 01680 300640

Wednesday  31st May – “Pop up Ranger”

Join the ranger for wildlife spotting and knowledge at either the Loch Torr or Fishnish Wildlife Hides. There’ll be ID guides, books and information on hand.

Plus investigate the catch from the (harmless) overnight moth trap at Loch Torr (weather dependent).

Time: Loch Torr 10am-12pm Fishnish 2-4pm

Bring: Binoculars if you have them.  Clothing appropriate to the weather.

Further info: 07540792650 or 01680 300640

Wednesday 31st May – Kintra Seawatch

Join the ranger service and the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust to look out for marine mammals such as bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise, Risso’s dolphin and minke whale.  From the headland at Kintra we’ll have wide views over the Sound of Iona, across to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles and northern Mull.
Time: tbc

Meet: Call for details

Booking: Recommended, 01681 700659 or 07717581405.

Wednesday 7th June – Loch Torr Guided Walk

Join the ranger for a wildlife orientated guided walk. We’ll watch out for eagles and other raptors as well as reptiles, including adders, common lizard and slow-worms. Plus, weather allowing, we’ll enjoy the thriving insect life such as four-spotted chaser, golden ringed dragonfly and large red damselflies.

Time: 10am-2.30pm

Meet: Loch Torr, parking by the wildlife hide.

Further info: 07540792650 or 01680 300640

Wednesday 7th June – Staffa Seawatching Evening

Join the ranger service and the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust in association with Turus Mara for a special evening trip to the island of Staffa.  We’ll look out for marine mammals and birds during the journey, and from the clifftops, also spending time at the puffin colony.

Cost: £30 per person, cash only on the day

Meet: Ulva Ferry

Time: 5.30pm-10pm (Includes approx. 2 hours on the island and 2 hours on the boat)

Bring: A picnic, camera and binoculars if you have them.

Booking: Essential, please call 01681 700659 or 07717581405

Wednesday  14th June – “Pop up Ranger”

Join the ranger for wildlife spotting and knowledge at either the Loch Torr or Fishnish Wildlife Hides. There’ll be ID guides, books and information on hand.

Plus investigate the catch from the (harmless) overnight moth trap at Loch Torr (weather dependent).

Time: Loch Torr 10am-12pm Fishnish 2-4pm

Bring: Binoculars if you have them.  Clothing appropriate to the weather.

Further info: 07540792650 or 01680 300640

Wednesday 14th June – Staffa Seawatching Evening

Join the ranger service and the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust in association with Turus Mara for a special evening trip to the island of Staffa.  We’ll look out for marine mammals and birds during the journey, and from the clifftops, also spending time at the puffin colony.

Cost: £30 per person, cash only on the day

Meet: Ulva Ferry

Time: 5.30pm-10pm. (Includes approx. 2 hours on the island and 2 hours on the boat)

Bring: A picnic, camera and binoculars if you have them.

Booking: Essential, please call 01681 700659 or 07717581405

Wednesday 21st June – Ardmore Guided Walk   

Join rangers Jan Dunlop and Steve Irvine on a walk looking at archaeology and the flora and fauna of the forest,

Meet: Ardmore Forest Car Park, near Tobermory.

Time: 2-4.30pm

Bring: Camera and binoculars if you have them.

Booking: Recommended on 01680300640 or 07765898600     

Wednesday 21st June Iona Shelter drop-in OR Staffa puffins drop-in  

tbc

Wednesday 28th June  – Headland Walk & Watch with HWDT 

Join the Ranger Service and the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust for a guided Headland walk at Caliach Point – the North West tip of Mull. We’ll walk out to the point, watching out for local wildlife including eagles and ravens. Once at the vantage point we’ll focus on the seas – you can learn how to survey from land and we’ll look for harbour porpoise, bottlenose dolphin, common dolphin and maybe even minke whale, plus numerous seabird species.

Time: 1pm-3pm

Meet: Caliach Farm

Further info: 07540792650 or 01680 300640

Wednesday 28th June – Iona Wildflower Wander

A gentle walk with local resident Joyce Watson and ranger Emily Wilkins, exploring a range of habitats on this beautiful island.

Time: 10.45am-1pm

Meet: NTS notice board at the top of the pier on Iona

Booking: Recommended, 01681 700659 or 07717581405

Saturday 1st July – Coronation Meadow Day, Magical Moths & Beautiful Butterflies

Come along to the Coronation Meadow Day to celebrate the stunning flowers and associated wildlife. The Ranger Service will provide a Moth Trapping workshop, we’ll study the overnight catch and you can get the lowdown on how to get started yourself.

Following a picnic lunch we’ll focus on the Coronation Meadow, particularly the butterfly species found there (weather dependent, we’ll have other plans if it rains).

Time:  11am-3pm

Meet: Treshnish Farm

Further info: 07540792650 or 01680 300640

Saturday 1st July- Fishing Competition – Loch Frisa

Family fun to outwit the trout on Loch Frisa. See what you can catch. Lots of Prizes

Time:   10am till 3pm.

Cost:   £8/£4

Meet:   Lettermore, on Loch Frisa

Bring:  Fishing gear and your lunch!!

Further info: 01680300640 or 07765898600

Sunday 2nd July- Beach Clean and work party at Calgary

Come and help Friends of Calgary Bay get Calgary ready for the summer. Activities will include a beach clean, painting and a general spruce up followed by refreshments. Donations to tea party welcome.

Time:     2-4pm

Meet:    The camping area near the public toilets.

Bring:    Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Homebaking!

Further info: 01680300640 or 07765898600

Wednesday 5th July -Plastic Waste Workshop TBC

Time:

Cost:

Meet:

Further info: 07540792650 or 01680 300640

Wednesday 5th July – Iona Shelter drop-in

tbc

Wednesday 12th July – “Pop up Ranger”

Join the ranger for wildlife spotting and knowledge at either the Loch Torr or Fishnish Wildlife Hides. There’ll be ID guides, books and information on hand.

Plus investigate the catch from the (harmless) overnight moth trap at Loch Torr (weather dependent).

Time: Loch Torr 10am-12pm Fishnish 2-4pm

Bring: Binoculars if you have them.  Clothing appropriate to the weather.

Further info: 07540792650 or 01680 300640

Wednesday 12th July – Carsaig coastal walk

Join the ranger service to explore this stunning coastal landscape below cliffs, with plenty of wildflowers, waterfalls, native woodland and seashore habitats.  Spot seals and potentially other marine mammals, perhaps an eagle will make an appearance too!  You might like to bring a picnic to enjoy after the walk.

Time: 10am-1pm

Meet: Car-sharing encouraged as very limited parking at Carsaig – please call for info

Booking: Essential, 01681 700659 or 07717581405

Wednesday 19th July –  TBC

Time:

Meet:

Further info: 07765898600 or 01680 300640

Wednesday 19th July – Staffa puffins drop-in

Make your own way to the island with one of the local boat operators and find the ranger on the island throughout the day to answer your questions about Staffa’s puffin colony.

Further info: 01681 700659 or 07717581405

Wednesday 26th July – Practical Plants Activity Day

Hands-on workshops and demonstrations about practical uses of plants including folklore, arts and crafts, wild food foraging and cooking.  Also walks, talks, a children’s drop-in activity centre, and cafe. This year will have some familiar events and some brand new.

Please call 07717581405 or email ewilkins@nts.org.uk for further details or look out for posters with more information.  You can also find information on the ‘Practical Plants Day’ facebook page.

Wednesday 26th July – “Pop up Ranger”

Join the ranger for wildlife spotting and knowledge at either the Loch Torr or Fishnish Wildlife Hides. There’ll be ID guides, books and information on hand.

Plus investigate the catch from the (harmless) overnight moth trap at Loch Torr (weather dependent).

Time: Loch Torr 10am-12pm Fishnish 2-4pm

Bring: Binoculars if you have them.  Clothing appropriate to the weather.

Further info: 07540792650 or 01680 300640

Wednesday 2nd August –  Glengorm Archaeology and Nature  Walk,

Join Jan and Kerry for a walk around the lovely Glengorm Estate travelling back in time to relieve history and to the newest natural creation

Time: 2.00 -4.30 ish

Meet: The Coffee Shop, Glengorm

Further info: 07765898600 or 01680 300640

Wednesday 2nd August – Bunessan Biodiversity drop-in

Meet the ranger in the grounds of the Ross of Mull Historical Centre to investigate what’s flowering, singing, flying, creeping or crawling in the mini wildflower meadow, amongst the trees or on the stone walls of the old mill.  We’ll set a (harmless) moth trap overnight so come at 10am if you are interested in seeing what we’ve found!

Time: drop-in any time between 10am and 1pm

Cost: free but donations appreciated

Wednesday 9th August – “Pop up Ranger”

Join the ranger for wildlife spotting and knowledge at either the Loch Torr or Fishnish Wildlife Hides. There’ll be ID guides, books and information on hand.

Plus investigate the catch from the (harmless) overnight moth trap at Loch Torr (weather dependent).

Time: Loch Torr 10am-12pm Fishnish 2-4pm

Bring: Binoculars if you have them.  Clothing appropriate to the weather.

Further info: 07540792650 or 01680 300640

Wednesday 9th August – One Planet Picnic

Enjoy a walk at Tireragan nature reserve and perhaps a beautiful sandy beach, for a One Planet Picnic!  Are you up for the challenge of preparing your packed lunch with as much local, organic, seasonal, ethical produce as possible?  You could check out Mull’s great local producers for meat, cheese, jams, chutneys, salad, bread or biscuits, or try a recipe using something grown in your own garden…and don’t forget fair-trade snacks like fruit, nuts or chocolate!  Along the way we might have a chance to supplement our supplies with some foraging, we’ll look for wildlife as we go and talk about why this food is good for us and good for the planet.  Come and join in!

Time: 11am start – length of walk to suit participants

Meet: Knockvologan – car park for Tireragan nature reserve

Bring: Footwear with ankle support, clothing appropriate to the weather, your One Planet Picnic

More info: 01681 700659 or 07717581405

Wednesday 16th August – Skydancer Spotting

Join the Ranger Service for an easy going guided walk to search for Hen Harriers – Mull has fantastic populations of this raptor,  a species struggling elsewhere in the country. We’ll also watch out for white-tailed eagle, short-eared owl, buzzard and kestrel.

Time: 11am- 2pm

Meet: North Loch Frisa Forestry car park

Further info: 07540792650 or 01680 300640

Wednesday 16th August – Iona Shelter drop-in

tbc

Wednesday 23rd August – “Pop up Ranger”

Join the ranger for wildlife spotting and knowledge at either the Loch Torr or Fishnish Wildlife Hides. There’ll be ID guides, books and information on hand.

Plus investigate the catch from the (harmless) overnight moth trap at Loch Torr (weather dependent).

Time: Loch Torr 10am-12pm Fishnish 2-4pm

Bring: Binoculars if you have them.  Clothing appropriate to the weather.

Further info: 07540792650 or 01680 300640

Wednesday 23rd August – Erraid Adventure

A walk exploring the natural and cultural history of this tidal island (setting for Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Kidnapped’), with options to stop off at the seal colony, lighthouse observatory and a beautiful sandy beach.
Time: 11am-3pm

Meet: Knockvologan farm

Bring: a packed lunch and drink, waterproofs, footwear with ankle support (as some of the route is over boggy, uneven ground)

Booking: Recommended, 01681 700659 or 07717581405

Wednesday 30th August – Iona Shelter drop-in

tbc

Wednesday 30th August – Elephants in the Undergrowth

Join the Ranger Service for morning of moths at Loch Torr. We’ll investigate the moth catch from the harmless overnight trap and records will contribute to Scotland’s moth conservation. Then, we’ll search for elephants in the undergrowth – the Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar! An incredible caterpillar like none you’ve ever seen before.

Time: 10am-2pm

Meet: Loch Torr Wildlife Hide

Further info: 07540792650 or 01680 300640

 

Additional Events – short notice

Mull Reptile Guided Walk

Join the Ranger Service and Nature Scotland for a guided walk focusing on our native reptile species. We’ll search for adder, common lizard and slow-worm. Learn about these amazing animals whilst enjoying the outdoors and other wildlife including raptors, wildflowers, amphibians and insects.

Dragons & Damsels

Join the Ranger Service for a short walk to focus on our dragonfly and damselfly species. We’ll spend time in one small area getting to know the species well, and enjoy the relaxation that comes with connecting closely to nature. Plus we’ll watch out for other wildlife including raptors, reptiles, amphibians and wildflowers.


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