July

July has been a fine mixture of bridge making, path maintenance, stone work, helping some kids achieve their next steps within the Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS), Shorewatch training, initial site surveys for further peatland restoration project, ¬†training on tree seed collection, butterfly transect, bird survey’s, Sycamore removals, helping Gillian with the bugs and butterfly event, path clearance, helping out at Earth Connections Centre, clearing bracken in the community orchard, recycling rubbish after the Howlin Fling Festival and helping out on a farm! Who says volunteering on Eigg wouldn’t be full of diversity and variability….

Beach Bridge! Saves having to do the long jump when doing the beach circuit or accessing the beach from the Laig Farm side. It was reported on more than one occasion this year that the jump was getting to big for some and a few found themselves having an impromptu dip in the stream!!

Assistance from two Grandsons of an Eigg family achieving some of their JASS targets. They helped us plant some Magnolia trees, very kindly gifted to the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust from the Booth’s.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) training days.

Sorting an incredibly muddy section to the path we call the ‘Old Cart Road’ running through the woodland behind the community hall. We re-used some rubble from the remains of the very old volunteer house. A fine bit of recycling! We also had to fight off a LOT of midges the day before when digging was necessary in the bog on a still day, really we were asking for a midge attack in hindsight!! Day two was far more pleasant with sunshine, a breeze and could even stand still to pose for a photo without getting eaten alive!

Next up was helping Wes build a structure to display the Geopark interpretation panel. Pretty impressive all in a days work! It was getting very ‘experimental art’ when we had an old chair, a fence post and a metal ring as part of our guide to work to and did attract some very dubious looks from the passers by… but it all worked out in the end even though none of us really knew what was being built until it was finished. We had believed that Wes knew what he was doing but even he admitted at the end that he was making it up as we went along. Pretty good result for experimental stone art I’d say!!

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A very hungry bunch of volunteers after a very wet morning of bracken bashing around the fruit trees in the community orchard! A bit of a change in weather from tropical climates of the day before!!

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