blog about this work, and to all those who have made me so welcome on site, especially builders JP, Mark, and their workmen, all of whom have been particularly kind and helpful.
In August we met a neighbour who, very probably, had been living just beyond the back fence of our garden for some time. Ardnamurchan has its fair share of adders but, until we met this one, they had all been the standard colour. The black of the black adder may be an adaptation to a more northerly habitat, where the colour absorbs sunlight better, enabling the snake to become active both earlier in the year and earlier on a chill morning.
To those of us not directly involved in farming, it's always exciting to see an eagle, but the increasing numbers of sea eagles, in particular, has lead to a rise in the predation of lambs. Twice in 2014, the Diary published photos of sea eagles carrying away the carcases of lambs.