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Strathdearn Community News

exampleThis post is to demonstrate the new blog-style lay-out of your club page. It will also appear in the news section.

At the top of the page is an introduction to your club - what you do, where and when you meet, and a little bit about yourselves. A potential new member seeking information will see this first. It is in your interest to keep it up-to-date and interesting. The introduction will remain at the top of the page regardless of any other articles that are posted.

Perhaps the best loved species is the red squirrel, which is common anywhere near conifers and a frequent garden visitor.

Roe deer are common from Moy to Tomatin and beyond, red deer abound higher up Strathdearn and Sikka deer may be seen along the road from Kyllachy to Glenmazeran.

Rabbits are everywhere and a garden pest, brown hare are quite common in lower meadows and the beautiful mountain hare on heathery hill slopes.

 

Birdlife is abundant: key species include crested tits, crossbills, greatspotted woodpecker, sandmartin, dippers and  tree creepers. Golden eagles are fairly often seen far up the strath at Coignafearn together with peregrine falcon. Spring sees an influx of ground nesting birds: lapwing, oyster catchers, curlew and common sandpiper, together with common and blackheaded gulls and common tern.

The heather moors are prime red grouse territory, and extensive game maagement keeps mammalian predators tightly uunder control. In the R Findhorn and tributary burns the salmon spawn in November can be spectacular.

..... WORK IN PROGRESS ....TO BE CONTINUED ......

 

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wildlife findhorn bridgeThis post is to demonstrate the new blog-style lay-out of your club page. It will also appear in the news section.

At the top of the page is an introduction to your club - what you do, where and when you meet, and a little bit about yourselves. A potential new member seeking information will see this first. It is in your interest to keep it up-to-date and interesting. The introduction will remain at the top of the page regardless of any other articles that are posted.

You are invited to send in regular updates on the activities of your club which will be added as blog posts, similar to this one. It's up to you how often you do it, weekly, annually or occasionally, in advance or after an event. You can include photos or even video. The posts will appear below the introduction in chronological order, most recent first. It will make your page more interesting and dynamic, you'll be able to show potential members what you get up to, and it will build up into a historical record of your activities.

Our walking was somewhat disrupted through the festive season, but we are now back to normal again with our usual Wednesday afternoon outings to take pleasure in good company and our most enjoyable scenic walks. We are now very pleased to have a newly trained walk leader to join with David, Carol and myself in the Tomatin Group. Her name is Myra McLean, and she lives in Daviot, but as they do not have a group Myra is now walking with, and helping us, every other week.

Sadly, at the present time, our regular walkers are somewhat depleted owing to health problems. We are constantly thinking of you all, and sending all our best wishes for a speedy recovery. However, our outings continue, and so far this winter, have not been too limited by difficult weather. As usual we look out for features of interest on our routes: whether these be landscape features, geology, wildlife, flora or archaeology.

Today was no exception, when we returned to one of our well loved circuits at Moy on a fine, mild but breezy afternoon. As part of our archaeology investigations we visited the site of a former wolf trap, and photographed it from all angles. All that remains of this is the circular depression where the wolf was caught after venturing onto the flimsy camouflage covering the hole. This was so interesting to see, and to be reminded of the wildness of this land a couple or more centuries ago.

The days are perceptibly growing longer again now, and so we shall revert to our 2.00pm start from Strathdearn Hall on Wednesday, February 1st. Do join us if you feel you would enjoy a short but healthy walk and a good cuppa and blether afterwards. Either just come along then, or phone Kathy or David on 01808 511740 or Carol on 531220.

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We continue our walks through the summer months, although of course many of our walkers do go away on holiday at some time throughout this period. It is, however, a lovely time to explore our own area as, to many people, this could well be a beautiful holiday destination in its own right. Our routes have included those to the River Findhorn from the “Motherwell Bridge”, as we call it, since it was built by a Motherwell firm of engineers; up the hill behind Corrybrough to the communication mast, and along the track to the Bucket Bridge at the entrance to The Streens. We also were delighted to find that the gate of one of the tracks from Ruthven was now unlocked, as this allows us once more to do a favourite route we have not used for a year or two.

On all of these walks we enjoy so much seeing and hearing the birds: lapwing, oystercatchers, curlews, gulls, sand martins, swallows, grouse, and many more. The wild flowers are also a joy to observe this year, and our most recent walks are revealing the bell heather, cross-leaved heath, plus the gradually opening common heather.

Whatever the route, however, one of the great pleasures is to walk with like-minded members of the community, and to share with them in a cuppa at the end. Indeed, we have just been informed that our Tomatin group is to be nominated for an award from “Paths for All” – the umbrella organisation for “Step it Up Highland”, on the basis of being a very friendly and co-operative group, where each individual helps and considers all other members. That is good to hear! So do join us if you would enjoy the exercise and the camaraderie, on Wednesday afternoons at 2.00pm at Strathdearn Hall, or by phoning Kathy and David on 01808 511740 or Carol on 531220.

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