Taynish: Week-long residential: Variety of tasks TBC

Sun Jul 21 2024 at 09:30 am to Sat Jul 27 2024 at 05:30 pm UTC+01:00

St Andrew Square, Edinburgh (North side) | Edinburgh

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Taynish: Week-long residential: Variety of tasks TBC
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Working at Taynish and Mhoine Mhor NNRs. Accomodation at the Kilmartin Bothy
About this Event

The ancient deciduous woodland at Taynish is one of the largest in Britain and thoroughly worth the long trip from Edinburgh. Oak trees have flourished here for 6000 years or more — a little longer than people have lived here. Once a source of timber and charcoal, these woods now form one of Britain's largest remaining native oakwoods. The importance of the site was recongnised in 1977 by designation as a National Nature Reserve and it is now managed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). Taynish lies on a scenic peninsula overlooking Loch Sween, which was scoured out by glaciers 11000 years ago and has an atmosphere all of its own.

The peninsula has a wide range of habitats, including shoreline, grassland, scrub, bog, heath and woodland, each home to a host of plants, insects, birds and mammals that thrive in the clean, humid air. In all, between the woodland's dripping ferns and mosses and the marsh and grassland, over 300 plant species and more than 20 kinds of butterfly are supported. To help the woods keep their near-natural character and rich wildlife, SNH is also removing rhododendron, which crowds out other plants.

Our summer residential this year will be at Taynish and Mhoine Mhor. Accomodation is provided by the client at the Kilmartin Bothy. In previous years we have helped to suppress bracken to aid forest regneration and removed scrub from the peat bog at Mhoine Mhor. We work for 4 full days , usually relaxing on the Wednesday. The precise task(s) will be confirmed nearer the time.

Please note that spaces are limited to 10 and you must have attended a day task before booking for a residential. You may wish to chat about what is involved with other volunteers who have previously participated.

We encourage volunteers to use our minibus for transport. If you live near this task and wish to make your own way you must ring Debbie on 01313370223 to book a space and for joining instructions.

We will provide greater detail about what you need to bring for the week, including boots and/or wellingtons, waterproof outdoor clothing, sleeping gear etc. Catering costs and cooking duties are shared equally.

You can check our website for further information and frequently asked questions.

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