Poems for August

Three poems by Emily Dickinson 346 “Hope” is the thing with feathers— That perches in the soul— And sings the tune without the words— And never stops—at all— And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard— And sore must be the storm— That could abash the little Bird That kept so many warm— I’ve heard it in the …

News from the Arran Arts Heritage Trail

The project begins – Arran, Art and the challenges of 2020 Article originally posted on the Arran Arts Heritage Trail Project (AAHT) website by Alex Boyd. The Isle of Arran, often referred to as ‘Scotland in Miniature’ offers much to visitors, from the ancient standing stones of Machrie Moor, to the towering mountains at the …

The Arran Pioneer Project

Growing Food Island-Wide: The Arran Pioneer Project CIC The Arran Pioneer Project is a Community Interest Company. We are a group of Islanders working together to spearhead a farming program for all communities on the Isle of Arran. We will be working with other community groups, landowners, conservation groups, and North Ayrshire Council to bring …

Research shows public support for putting nature at the heart of recovery plans

New research by the RSPB shows there is huge public support for putting nature at the heart of Coronavirus recovery plans. In this post, Emma Marsh, director of RSPB, reports that increasing access to nature and natural greenspace is essential to building a more equitable and environmentally resilient society. Published first at Wildlife and Countryside …

A tourism recovery taskforce for Scotland

New Tourism Taskforce Established Local MSP Kenneth Gibson reports on a new taskforce that has been set up by the Scottish government to help businesses affected by the pandemic. As we slowly ease out of lockdown, a new taskforce has been created by the SNP Government to consider and drive forward the recovery of Scotland’s …

Saving Water on Arran

Stay on Arran? – don’t miss out on your FREE water saving device pack this summer! Scottish Water have teamed up with Home Energy Scotland and Arran Eco Savvy to deliver free water saving devices and issue free water saving advice to Arran residents this summer. The campaign was launched at the start of last …

Help needed with marine research

Marine research continues on Arran Arran’s No Take Zone (NTZ) and Marine Protected Area (MPA) have proven that, with the right protection, seabed habitats and biodiversity will recover. Research by the University of York, published earlier this year, showed a dramatic increase of lobsters, scallops and marine biodiversity within these reserves. The NTZ and MPA …

E-bikes to help charge Scotland’s Green Recovery

A report form local MSP Kenneth Gibson As we continue to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and slowly move out of lockdown, it is more important than ever to focus on active travel. To help with this, the SNP Government is providing £900,000 to encourage the uptake of e-bikes on Arran and across Scotland. Local authorities, …

Marine News

Sent in by John Kinsman, station manager at Coastwatch St Monans Tay Rescue Operation A coastguard rescue helicopter from Inverness was deployed to assist a rescue operation on the river Tay. Coastguard crew from Dundee, St Andrews and Arbroath and Lifeboat crews were called to search for a person in the water near the Tay …