We live at Keepers Cottage, on The North Rhins, SW Scotland and because of its situation and the variety of wildlife that can be seen in and around the cottage, I decided to keep a wildlife diary. We also enjoy regular walks in beautiful Dumfries and Galloway and beyond which I also record here, with photos and few words.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Pebbles, Bugs & St Ninian 11th September 2010
Our mission today was to empty pitfall traps for Buglife, as part of their shore invertebrate study, not that easy as we had not set them so had to find them first!
Wee Broon Coo
A large caterpillar, one I had not seen before, the larva of a Buff Tip Moth
Down on Port Castle Bay it appears the thing to do is to build pebble towers!
This is one I made!
St Ninians Cave, stuff of legend
An elaborate pebble tower
Lots of low growing blackthorn on the shingle
Above the cave a late House Martin Brood, nice to see them nesting in their ancestral places still and not just on houses!
Historic Scotland sign by the cave, a place of Pilgrimage.
Many people leave makeshift crosses made from driftwood or scratch their names on pebbles and leave then around the cave.
Arghh, I hate to see balloons on the beach!
The view from near the cave looking back up the bay.
Kirsty in another world as usual (or planet!)
Rocks and waves
A spider (with cross!) near the entrance to the cave
Back along the beach
The sign had fallen down so Mike decided to show the way!