Category Archives: Sustainability

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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Our Challenge for January

The family challenge from tomorrow is to live without plastics for a month then try to maintain a low plastic existence thereafter.  To be more accurate we will avoid all single use plastics (otherwise no computer, phone, car, TV etc.).  … Continue reading

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No View from the Top

It wasn’t the day for a climb up Slieve Donard if the aim was a good view.  Nevertheless ascending a hill in thick fog does alter the perspective, heightening the sense of hearing while giving few visual references from which … Continue reading

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Labentera: the village

We spent a lot of time while away looking at the wildlife and the issues that it faces but often this is intimately tied up with the people and communities that live alongside.  There are few places where this link … Continue reading

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Northumberland Desert

After a year of rain and then a month of dry and cold weather the most recent problem we have faced in Stamfordham has been dust!  A large expanse of land has been cultivated, ploughed and sown, the surface has … Continue reading

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A Day on Lancashire Bogs

The Lancashire peatlands have largely been lost or seriously damaged, extensive areas through peat extraction.  The Lancashire Wildlife Trust has taken on some of the former peat extraction areas and is doing a huge amount of work to restore what … Continue reading

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Bogs and Fens

Last week Duncan was at a peatland conference in Bangor, North Wales.  The Tuesday morning field visit was to a site on the Llyn Peninsula.  Cors Geirch is a fen which has undergone some quite radical restoration work in the … Continue reading

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