Local secretary: Fiona Cameron (Fionacam68@gmail.com)
The Isle of Jura in the Southern Hebrides is one of the most spectacularly remote and unexplored of our western Scottish islands, and approximately half of its tetrads lack a single record. In addition to investigating previously unrecorded areas of moorland, bog, mountains, lochans and coastline, there will also be the opportunity to re-examine the habitats of its known specialities including sea-caves and Cyclodictyon laetevirens; ravines and Dumortiera hirsuta and the Hepatic Mat constituent Adelanthus lindenbergianus up on the Paps. It is hoped that a boat trip to take recorders to the northernmost tip of the island may also be an option. To further explore the many ravines, cliffs, raised beaches and localised machair characteristic of the West coast, those adventurous recorders who are physically fit might be interested in a second week (prior to the core week), camping and bothying. I am happy to provide any information/guidance required for this. The Cicerone publication Walking on Jura, Islay and Colonsay is an excellent resource to start with.
The village hall in Craighouse has been hired for the week’s evening work as it provides a more central location close to most of the holiday cottages, shop and hotel. (A small charge will be made for the use of the hall – the exact amount depending on the numbers of people attending). Craighouse also has a campsite and a direct foot-passenger RIB service to Tayvallich on the mainland, in addition to a bus service to Feolin for the car-ferry to Islay and Kennacraig. Booking accommodation is the responsibility of those attending. However, to those of you who are happy to share please indicate this when you register your interest, and I will put you in touch with each other and provide contact details for suggested local cottages.
To register your interest and/or for further information please contact Fiona Cameron at Fionacam68@gmail.com.