Monthly Archives: August 2015

No one said it would be easy

Hoverflies are a rather daunting group of insects to get to grips with.  With 281 British species to learn you have to start somewhere. So far with 13 species recorded this year it’s not even 5% of those it’s possible … Continue reading

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An Airport Built on Sand

Barra Airport is quite literally built on sand; the terminal building is in the dunes and the runway is the beach.  The little Twin Otter plane provides the air link to Glasgow and while it is somewhat more expensive than … Continue reading

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Barra and Vatersay

Barra and its smaller sister island, Vatersay, are the southernmost of the inhabited Outer Hebrides.  Further to the south, and visible from Barra’s highest hill, are the once inhabited islands of Pabbay, Mingulay and Berneray but these have now been … Continue reading

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A Castle in the Bay

The weather on the journey had been less than promising but as we approached Barra on the ferry the island was silhouetted in the evening sun.  The boat took us in to Castlebay to the jetty just next to the … Continue reading

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