National Meadows Day 2017

National Meadows Day 2017

We are taking part in National Meadows Days 2017, on the 1st of July.  Please join us!   The meadows at Treshnish are really important habitats for a huge number of species.  One of the fields is a Coronation Meadow – part of the Coronation Meadows Project started in 2013. Although the project has finished now, we continue to look after the meadows to enhance wild flowers and support biodiversity. We will talk about that as we walk!

National Meadows Day 2017 Treshnish Mull Cottages greater butterfly orchid

What will happen that day?

It is great to have the support of the Mull and Iona Ranger Service for this event.  Rachel, this summer’s Ranger at Mull Eagle Watch at Dervaig, is going to set some moth traps overnight the night before.  She is joined by Meryl, the RSPB Ranger from the Glen Seilisdeir hide. At 11am the event will start off with identifying the moths Rachel has trapped.  At midday we take a guided walk along from the farm to the Coronation Meadow at Haunn.   With 2 Rangers and members of Mull Bird Club it should be a very knowledgable walk!  We will see quite a variety of flowers, including Fragrant and Greater butterfly orchids and Wood bitter vetch.

National Meadows Day 2017 cows Treshnish Mull cottagesMull & Iona Food Trail’s Moveable Feasts

This is the second year of the Moveable Feasts.  Last year Ballygown Restaurant brought Tiffins to Treshnish.  It was too wet to eat outside so we ate in the steading, sitting on cattle feed tubs and sheltering from the rain.  Everyone had a lovely time despite the weather!!  This year, Ballygown is doing another picnic but this time the theme is different!   If the weather is inclement this year, we will picnic in the steading again.

National Meadows Day 2017 Treshnish Mull cottages pignut

Details

There is no need to book to take part in the guided walk.  If you want to order a Picnic from Ballygown, please contact Jeanette on 01688 500113, or via the restaurant website.  You are welcome to take part in the walk but bring your own picnic.

Moth ID starts at 11am.

Guided Walk starts at about 12 midday. The walk is along the farm track and through the fields. Please prepare for all weathers, and ground conditions!

Picnic starts at about 1.30pm, or thereabouts!

Finish by 4pm.

There is no charge for the Guided walk but donations please to Mull and Iona Ranger Service and Tobermory RNLI.

Please contact me with any queries about the walk.  Details on our Contact page.

National Meadows Day 2017 Treshnish Mull cottages common spotted orchid