Government plans for kelp dredging trials raises alarm

In an article from 17th December 2019, Coastal Communities Network Scotland report on the recent news that a Scottish government ‘seaweed review group’  plans to mechanically harvest kelp next year, despite the government following calls to stop the dredging of kelp. At the end of 2018, under pressure from many community groups, with Arran’s COAST …

Short-eared Owl Tracking

The Arran Banner reported recently (28th December 2019) on the journey of a short-eared owl between Arran and Morocco. This owl is part of the Short-eared owl Tracking project that the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)https://www.bto.org  runs, and which we find out more about below. The project is a fascinating and important way to understand …

Hedgehogs Need Your Help!

By Kenneth Gibson, MSP for Cunninghame North. I am sure you have felt the effects of this winter’s often terrible weather. In December, high winds and heavy rain meant ferry cancellations, fallen trees, closed Christmas markets and warmer winter jackets that on occasion left us feeling decidedly un-festive. For some, it is harder to cope …

Corrie Film Club showing Transit

On Sunday January 12th 2020 the filming showing at the Corrie Film club will be Transit (2019 Germany Christian Petzold. Rating NR.101 mins). Programme starts at 8 pm. As fascism spreads, German refugee Georg flees to Marseille and assumes the identity of a dead writer. Living among refugees, he falls for a mysterious woman who is …

Music Arran concert with Trio Volant

Music Arran Concert Saturday 18th January, Brodick Hall 1.30 pm Trio Volant Trio Volant are Richard Beards (bassoon), Beatrice Hubble (oboe) and Tom Evans (clarinet). Trio Volant was formed in 2010 whilst all the members were studying at the Royal Northern College of Music. The Trio regularly give formal recitals and lunchtime concerts in and …

RNIB helpline available in Ayrshire

A free telephone counselling service for people affected by sight loss in Ayrshire is available. ‘Need to Talk’, which offers free counselling and confidence-building support, is run by the Royal National Institute of Blind People Scotland (RNIB). Through the project, people are helped to come to terms with sight loss, or that of a family …

Marine News

Marine News, by John Kinsman, station manager at Coastwatch St Monans, east Fife. Boat Deaths Three pals on a fishing trip panicked and drowned as their boat was flooded by a passing scallop dredger, a court heart. Elvis Cojocariu said they leapt in to the sea after waves gushed on board following a near miss …