There are one or two spaces in the wildlife friendly Haunn Cottages in August, so why not have a look and see if there is a date to suit you?
Treshnish Farm is carefully managed to protect and enhance the wildlife dependent on it. We use cattle and sheep in a complicated grazing regime. By having closed grazing periods in certain fields we ensure that ground nesting birds are able to safely rear their young. And that the wild flowers are able to set seed.
We have Corncrakes on the farm this summer. We have had them here before on several occasions – and it is always exciting! There are two males calling in the Coronation Meadow at Haunn. The first crew-crekking was heard in late May and continued off and on through June and July. There may be 2 calling males at the moment. Their calling behaviour is consistent with breeding through no one has seen any evidence yet!
We are very lucky to have Cuckoos here every year, their arrival coinciding with the beginning of lambing. We often hear and see the Cuckoo here. Some times they are seen more closely than expected. A family staying in Toechtamhor in late May watched a pair of Cuckoos mating but in the same week they also saw the female go into a Meadowpipit nest to lay her egg! Then Guests staying at Haunn last week were woken early by a gentle tap on the bedroom window. They looked up and saw a juvenile Cuckoo looking in at them which was surprising enough. Seconds later a Meadowpipit appeared beside it and, only feet away, proceeded to feed her chick. What a rare experience.
With 4 miles of coastline we have an increased chance of seeing Otters. Last month we had a BBQ on a beautiful summer’s evening and in the middle of all the fun, we spotted an Otter swimming in to shore, with food in its mouth. Totally unpreturbed by our presence. This summer, that spot, down by the old boathouse has yielded quite a few sightings!