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21 July 2017Shedders delighted by a new arrival on St Kilda.
Great great news!! Three years into the Leach’s Storm Petrel project and we have had the first success. A young Leach’s chick hatched in one of our boxes on 20 July on St Kilda.
You will recall Shedders engaged in a project to produce 47 nesting boxes to encourage breeding and facilitate research of the Leach's Storm Petrels on the island of St Kilda back in March 2015. Here, the Seabird Ranger for the NTS on St Kilda, Gina Prior, visits to check on progress.
In May 2015 the boxes were investigated by the Leach’s Storm Petrels returning from the ocean to breed. One egg was laid but it later disappeared. In May 2016 more boxes showed signs of birds’ presence - mainly that grasses had been taken in as nest material - and three eggs were laid but all were abandoned for reasons unknown. Gina disected these eggs to gain scientfic information on their stages of development.
In May and June 2017 Gina was aware of a few petrels sitting on nests in the boxes and on 20 July she found that an egg had hatched and the first chick had arrived.
She has been named Smudge. Gina checked the box yesterday and the adult bird was sitting. On checking again today she found Smudge home alone and was able to take her out of the box to weigh at 12.3g and measure her. Let’s hope that Smudge is the first of many.
17 July 2017Big Hearted Shedders Complete Coronary Care Courtyard
Raigmore Coronary Care now has a brilliant new courtyard area for their patients and staff built by a group from our shed.
Thanks for all your hard work guys!
Your creativity and teamwork is outstanding and we have to say it's really looking great!
04 July 2017Watch the Birdie - 1890's style
Shed member and camera enthusiast, Ronald Mackinnon, makes final adjustments on his 127 year old Thornton-Pickard, 4x5 large format camera before taking this group photograph. And don't we all look fine and dandy.....!
06 June 2017Alexander Swings For Scotland
Shed regular, Alexander, displays some of the awards he has gained for his golfing ability. This summer he has been chosen to compete in Wales where he will be representing Scotland. Well done Alexander! We wish you every success.
02 May 2017Children's Hospice Association Scotland
Emma from CHAS, a charity in Scotland that provides hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions, gave a very informative talk this morning. CHAS offers care for the whole family in two children’s hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch. They also run a homecare service to help families in their own homes across Scotland when they need it most. They currently support over 415 families including some from our local area. Members passed the hat around to offer some assistance to this very valuable service.