The Treshnish and Haunn Cottages are located on a beautiful farm near Calgary on the Isle of Mull.
This beautiful farm is sensitively managed to conserve and increase bio-diversity.
Wildlife friendly farming
Our family have been farming here since 1994, and in this time we have seen the bio-diversity and wildlife improve dramatically.
The farm has a flock of about 650 sheep made up of Blackface hill ewes, in-bye Cheviot and Zwartble cross ewes. Until October 2015 we had a small herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle when they were sold. From then on, cows from another farm graze here in the summer so we can continue to manage the habitats properly.
Working with nature
A careful grazing regime helps us to manage the land in a balanced and environmentally sensitive way. This enhances a wide variety of wildlife habitats. This management has resulted in a vast increase in bio-diversity which was acknowledged by Dr Tom Prescott, Butterfly Conservation Scotland: “The high quality of the habitat already present across the majority of the farm is also reflected in the number of scarce and rare species present, particularly plants, many of these being present at Treshnish in profusion. I have not seen such a diverse and colourful sward at any other farm or nature reserve in Scotland before.”
Treshnish Farm is interesting from a wildlife enthusiasts point of view. There are many different habitats such as Atlantic Hazelwoods, wetland, herb rich grassland, upland moorland, peat bog, and coastal heath. The farmland rises from sea level to 210m (Cruachan Treshnish) which means that you can see a great variety of species without going too far!
High Nature Value Farming
Our sheep and grazing cows are a vital part of High Nature Value Farming (farming for Conservation and Wildlife). They create and help maintain the wildlife habitats.
We stopped using artificial fertiliser in 1996.
We were certified as an organic farm from 1999 to 2009.
Bio-diversity increases year after year.
No artificial fertilisers.
We rely on a system of FYM and field rotation.
Members of LEAF – Linking Environment and Farming.
Quality Meat Scotland members.
We have been keeping wildlife sighting records since 2006 and we also keep a Farming Diary. Guests staying in our cottages can browse Prasad’s book (Birds of Treshnish and North Mull) in the Phone Room/Library. Each eco cottage has a copy of ‘Treshnish Flora and Fauna’ to refer to.
The Haunn field (next to East, Middle and West eco cottages) is the donor meadow for Argyll in the Coronation Meadow Project (in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Coronation) which will help restore and create wild flower meadows.