Saturday, 24 September 2016

Sunset on Sanna Beach (Scotland)

The second of the three posts related to our summer holiday in the Western Highlands of Scotland. On 22nd June the weather was beautiful so drove to Sanna at about 9pm for a walk and to watch the sun set.

At this time of year in Ardnamurchan the sun sets very late, It was just after 10.20pm when it finally dropped below the horizon, however it stays quite bright until about midnight. We drove back to our chalet sometime after 11pm, stopping off at Kilchoan Pier for a look across the water, it was so bright you really didn't need headlights to see where you were going.

The big sky displayed the most magnificent colours, beautiful purples, oranges and pinks.


    As usual there were more cattle and sheep than people, just a few of us sharing this beautiful place

The water looked metallic as it changed from orange to purple as the sun set

And finally the sun dropped below the horizon darkening the clouds and setting them on fire

I used the sunset setting on the Panasonic Lumix to take some of the photos on Sanna and it really did bring out the actual colour of the sky. Although it has darkened some of the images a little, I like the effect, especially the silhouette of my hubby and the dog in the first photo.

Another post or two to follow on Scotland, the next one is Harry enjoying Sanna.
Take Care All
Until next time

Monday, 12 September 2016

The magic of Scotland

Land of ancient volcanoes

Where the mist really does roll in from the sea

Where beaches are clean and free from litter, people and marine rubbish

Where lochs glisten in the sunshine

Where there are more sheep on the roads than cars

Where hairy highland cattle people watch

Oh and I really wasn't kidding about the volcanoes!

We had a fabulous holiday in Scotland. Scotland and the Scottish people have truly embraced the spirit of tourism and should be very proud of their superb attitude to visitors to the area. The service they provide is in complete contrast to the attitude towards tourists visiting Torbay.

If you have never been to Scotland I hope this post and the following two posts will inspire you to go. A magical place for me, it has always felt like home and I continue to love it twenty years since my first visit.

It's taken ages to get this post and the others ready, but I'm hoping by the end of this month that life will return to normal as I reduce my working week.

Hope you are all well

Monday, 5 September 2016

Badger Cull News From Devon Wildlife Trust

Badger cull in Devon
The government has announced new areas for badger culling in 2016 - and two of the areas are in Devon. We don't yet know the exact location of the cull zones but licences have been issued for culling in both North and South Devon. A minimum of 3,358 Devon badgers are to be killed.
Devon Wildlife Trust continues to oppose the unscientific, inhumane, costly and ineffective badger cull. Learn more about DWT's position on the badger cull and bovine TB here
What you can do
The Wildlife Trusts have launched an e-petition calling on the government to end the badger cull. The e-petition, endorsed by The Wildlife Trusts' President Emeritus Simon King, has been signed by more than 26,000 people in the first 48 hours - add your voice and sign the petition here
Dealing with bovine TB
DWT works with farmers every working day of the year - many farmers are key allies in our work to protect threatened bats, butterflies and farmland birds. DWT recognises the devastating impact of bovine TB on the farms and rural communities where we work.
But DWT takes decisions on land management based on the best available scientific information - and there is robust evidence that culling badgers will make the bovine TB problem worse. Read more about how DWT proposes dealing with bovine TB here
What will happen to badgers on DWT reserves?
Devon Wildlife Trust will not permit culling on any of our land. A number of DWT nature reserves with badger setts might fall inside a cull zone but shooters do not have permission to enter our reserves. DWT plans to vaccinate badgers on these reserves once adequate supplies of vaccine are available.
The science behind bovine TB and badger culling
The Wildlife Trusts believe the errors and contradictions of the pilot badger culls mean they are scientifically unsound. And the research from the world's most comprehensive scientific study of the effect of badger culling on levels of bovine TB in badgers and cattle concluded that badger culling could make no meaningful contribution to control of bovine TB in cattle. Find out more
Thank you to the DWT for allowing me to reproduce the information from their eNewsletter

If you'd like to know more Ragged Robin's Nature Notes has plenty of information at

Killing our native wildlife is not the answer to this problem, we must work to find a better way.