We’ve had a wild time these past weeks. Here are some updates!
A week ago on our Monday we visited the Bamff Estate which is an award-winning eco-tourism spot that has been instrumental in the reintroduction of Beavers to Scotland. Beavers face many threats as their natural habits oppose the interests of commercial farmers in many instances. We learned about their extraordinary powers to shape habitats that increase biodiversity and reduce carbon emissions through wetland creation. Wetlands make up only 1% of the terrain on earth currently but do so much good. Many wetlands have been drained or covered over for commercial reasons. Our work at home for our Environmental Science course involved writing letters to NatureScot to ask for funding for their essential work.
On Saturday the 31st of October it was Samhain.
“Ancient Celts marked Samhain as the most significant of the four quarterly fire festivals, taking place at the midpoint between the fall equinox and the winter solstice. During this time of year, hearth fires in family homes were left to burn out while the harvest was gathered”
We worked with Jim Shearer an incredible metalworker and made a variety of tools from Iron at the Woodland Hub in Chancefield near our base. Among us, we fashioned knives, pokers and arrowheads. Then we took to some festive competitive apple eating.
On Monday we went to the Eden Estuary at Guardbridge and looked for bird indicator species to find out more about the environment. We were there at high tide which we learned was not idea though we still saw a lot. We found salt marshes, learned why we should avoid quicksand and generally frolicked.
Oh and we found a magnificent decoy duck.