Access blocked to Culbin?

October 10, 2012 · Filed Under Nairn, Nature, Politics, Roads 

Someone’s made an effort to put up a “Private Road: No vehicle access” sign at Kingsteps, on the small road that leads to the Culbin car park. The surprise is that anyone is claiming the right to block access to a site served by the Forestry Commission and Highland Council. Perhaps if whoever put it […]

Dolphins off Nairn beach

August 10, 2012 · Filed Under Moray, Nairn, Nature 

This week the weather has been warm and mostly sunny, making for pleasant walks with the dog along the central and east beach. What has been especially nice is that the dolphins have been regularly visible this week, especially on the afternoon high tides. I’m not sure how common it is, but in the six […]

Dolphin numbers on the increase

July 26, 2012 · Filed Under Nature 

The BBC reports that the dolphin population is doing well, with 20 individuals (including 7 calves) recorded so far this year: Charlie Phillips, of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS), has been monitoring numbers for years. He said the animals were likely to be following a good run of salmon. Mr Phillips said: “I […]

Giant Hogweed

July 9, 2012 · Filed Under Nairn, Nature, Politics 

Looks like Giant Hogweed is spreading in Nairn – the picture above is from some of the two dozen plants growing by the old quarry/woodlands between Lochloy Road and the flats at Old Bar Road. It really is a very distinctive plant – the photo doesn’t show so well, but the ones in the photo […]

Jellyfish beach

July 26, 2011 · Filed Under Nairn, Nature 

The past few weeks have seen Nairn’s beaches inundated with smal jellyfish. These are probably the same ones that caused the temporary shut down of Torness nuclear power station at Dunbar at the end of June. So far these appear to be harmless moon jellyfish, but are certainly to be respected for there numbers. They […]

Nairn swans hatch nine cygnets

May 16, 2011 · Filed Under Nairn, Nature 

Joe reports that the swans have successfully hatched 8 little cygnets this year, and that they’ve just taken their first swim in the river (and later reported the figure as 9). Been passing by there recently and suspected there were eggs being warmed in the nest, so good to see events turn out well so […]

Pylons compromise with buried cables

October 26, 2010 · Filed Under Development, Nature 

Interesting to see some of the compromises coming out about the revamp of the Beauly to Denny powerline, with at least 40 miles of the new transmission line destined to run underground: Scheme to reduce impact of Beauly Denny power line The measures now approved by ministers are: * 6km of line and pylons around […]

Nairn Harbour: otter and mink

October 12, 2010 · Filed Under Nairn, Nature 

Jaytee posts a nice collection of photos and videos from the latest visitor to Nairn Harbour, as well as some antics from the mink: – Nairn Harbour Otter – Mink gets an Osprey He alwso covers the story of one of the cygnets being caught up and injured by a fishing line. Hopefully a story […]

Sparrowhawk in the garden

September 16, 2010 · Filed Under Nairn, Nature 

I’ve seen a sparrowhawk land in the garden before, not least after being mobbed by crows or seagulls. However, this afternoon I managed to get a couple of photos as it rested under a bamboo bush after being spotted again. No wonder the bird table was deserted today. Even though the day was cold and […]

Idiot boys attack Joe Telfer

July 26, 2010 · Filed Under Nairn, Nature 

Looks like JT had a lucky escape after being pushed off the river wall on Saturday evening, while caring the swans. It sounds like the sort of stupid act that can initially seem like a funny thing to do – after all, what’s more brave than a couple of young men pushing a much older […]


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