LNHG Field Trip to Ford – Sat 16th April 2016

We head down south for our April field trip, to Ford, at the south-western tip of Loch Awe. This area has a range of woodland types plus marshes, rocky ground and of course, the loch itself. Though still early in the year it’s time to drag our attention away from lichens and decaying fungi and welcome Read More …

LNHG Monthly Talk – Tuesday 12th April 2016

Our next LNHG talk is on Tuesday 12th April 2016 and is entitled ‘Capturing our Coast’ with Dr Hannah Grist from SAMS.  This replaces a series of talks by undergraduate students at SAMS which were scheduled for Tuesday 19th April. Please note the change of date. Capturing Our Coast, also known as CoCoast, is a Read More …

LNHG Field Trip to Strone Hill – 12th March 2016

Our next field trip is at Strone Hill, about 3 miles east of Dalmally, where there are footpaths leading through remnants of ancient oak woodland down to the river Lochy. We’ll be recording lichens, fungi and anything else that’s about. Meet at the Forestry Commission car park which is well signposted on the right as Read More …

LNHG Monthly Talk – Tuesday 8th March 2016

‘Invasive Plants’ with Gordon Gray Stephens. What are they? Invasive non-native species (INNS) are species which have been introduced, as a result of human activity, to an area where they are not native, and which are detrimental to native species and habitats.  Well-known examples are Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam and Rhododendron.  As well as affecting Read More …

LNHG Field Trip to Glen Nant – 13th Feb 2016

Our next field trip is to Glen Nant National Nature Reserve to look at the lichens and other inhabitants of the “Celtic Rainforest”. This is in conjunction with Plantlife’s Celtic Rainforest storytelling event at Taynuilt and the launch of their new Glen Nant walk leaflet. Meet at 10 a.m. in the reserve car park which Read More …

LNHG Monthly Talk – Tuesday 9th Feb 2016

‘Wildlife Gardening’ with Barbara MacFarlane Barbara has been with TransTech Ltd at Connel for ten years working as Company Secretary and office administrator and has latterly diversified to carry out surveys for private water supplies and flood risk assessments. She also assists with benthic surveys for the aquaculture industry and phase 1 habitat surveys. In Read More …

Sealife Adventures Boat Trip (with David Ainsley)

Saturday 19th September – Departure from Clachan Seil at 14:00 hrs A four hour trip to Seil Sound, Cuan Sound, Sound of Luing, the Grey Dogs, Scarba, the Corryvwreckan, Jura and the Great Race. Returning to Clachan Seil (discounted price to LNHG paid-up members – £30 each). The area is exceptional for Porpoise, Minke Whales, Read More …

Barcaldine BioBlitz – Saturday 5th September 2015

The first Bioblitz in Lorn is being held at the Sea Life Centre, north of Oban at Barcaldine in Lorn at 10am on Saturday 5th September, organised by Anna Price at the Centre. A bioblitz is when various experts and helpers get together to record as many species as possible at a given site on Read More …

LNHG Monthly Talk – Tuesday 11th August

Monthly Talk :- ‘The Mechanics of Diving’ with  Graeme Bruce. Graeme is an experienced local diver with much experience of the Firth of Lorn. The talk starts at 19.30 hours at Seil Island Hall, Ellenabeich, Seil, and is free to members, £2 to non-members. Coffee, tea and biscuits after the talk. For further information please Read More …

Bonaparte’s Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)

The Bonaparte’s Gull is the american equivalent of the Black-headed Gull. The shape of the dark hood and the white leading edge to the primaries are both strongly reminiscent of Black-headed Gull but the hood is actually sooty-black rather than brown, the legs are ‘bubble-gum’ pink and the underwing is much whiter, especially under the Read More …