For what we believe to be the first time ever the Great British Beach Clean came to Mull on Saturday 17th.
MOG’s very own ‘Mull Adopt-a-Beach’ took part in this important initiative by the Marine Conservation Society in order to add to the important data that it collects on marine litter. The data is used to drive change e.g. carrier bag tax, and hopefully in the future a deposit return system for plastic bottles. It can also help identify sources of litter so that they can be tackled directly.
So with this in mind 18 or so intrepid volunteers (13 human and 5 canine!) turned up to Knock Hatchery to tackle marine litter on Mull. The weather was good, so we felt lucky, but then things got even better – a white-tailed eagle did a close fly-past as it checked out the possibility of grabbing one of the many ducks or gulls, and then landed on a post not 50m away! Everyone was supposed to be listening to the briefing at the time, but I think it’s OK to be distracted by such spectacles.
We surveyed a 100m stretch of the shore and cleared up probably another 1000m. Well done and many thanks to all involved. We then refreshed ourselves with a variety of snacks and tea/coffee before heading off.
Whilst the Great British Beach Clean always takes place over a weekend in September, MCS Beachwatch surveys can be done at any time, and anyone can register a beach, and start carrying out surveys for it. More information can be found here: MCS Beachwatch. If you do decide to become an MCS Beachwatcher please let us know!
On Mull early August means the summer shows. Mull Otter Group thoroughly enjoyed attending the Bunessan Show and the Salen Show this year. Both shows have lots to see and do, and it is a great chance to see how much is going on in the community.
It has to be said, Bunessan faired better with the weather, but the constant rain did not put off visitors to the Salen Show. MOG was very glad to have their stall safely tucked in a tent though.
We met lots of lovely people and our ‘Feed the Hungry Otter’ game went down a storm, especially with the children. Many thanks to everyone who visited our stall and helped us raise funds for otter conservation.
Yesterday, the Mull Otter Group returned to Lochbuie to finish the beach clean they began on March 6th. Despite the fact that only 4 people turned up, we managed to clear the main beach at Laggan Sands.
About 25 bags of rubbish were collected along with the usual collection of larger items such as fishing crates, containers, and large pieces of rope.
Today the Mull Otter Group completed the erection of their second road sign on Mull that alerts motorists to the fact that otters cross our roads. This road sign is at the Kinloch junction, just before Pennyghael, and the hope is that otters on the South of the island will now be a little less likely to collide with cars as they make their way between the shore and their inland retreats.
Mull Otter Group were called out to rescue a very poorly otter cub at Gribun, Mull on 23rd March. Things did not look good for this little cub, and it was by no means certain that it would survive the night. But, after being rehydrated, and receiving some special care and attention from Jane Stevens, our Chair, it soon perked up.
The otter cub was named Gribun, after the place where he (or she) was found, and soon started to feed well, and become more active.
Well done! and a huge THANK YOU to all who travelled the road and the miles to remote Loch Buie, in South-East Mull, to help MOG and Mull-Adopt-a-Beach clean for the Queen earlier today (Sunday 6th March).
On Sunday Mull Otter Group volunteers helped with the installation of roadside reflectors in an effort to reduce otter RTAs. This is a work in progress as we trial them for the first time on Mull. With over 25 otter deaths on our roads each year, we are hopeful that if they are successful we will install them in other areas where otters have been killed by vehicles.
Mull Otter Group is attempting to harness support for an island-wide scheme that seeks to encourage individuals, families, groups and organisations to take greater responsibility for (some of) the mess we humans leave behind.
As Winter storms deliver a new batch of assorted debris onto our coastline, now is the time to mobilise thought into organising clean-ups to take place this Spring. This is vital, not only from an aesthetic point of view, but it also helps protect wildlife that may be at risk of injury or death from discarded plastic and glass.
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