Highland Calgary Bay, Mull for Burnet Moths

Highland Calgary Bay, Mull for Burnet Moths
Grid ref: NM 373514 (OS sheet 47 Tobermory)

Organiser: BC Highland Branch

Target Species: Transparent Burnet moth. Six-spot Burnet moth and Grayling have also been recorded here and there is the possibility of Slender Scotch Burnet.

Time: 11.30 am

Meeting place: Car park at the northern end of Calgary Bay, Dervaig, Mull Grid ref: NM 373514 (OS sheet 47 Tobermory). The best route from the ferry points is to go to Salen. 1.5 miles north of Salen take the Dervaig road. At Dervaig turn left onto the B8073 and go on to Calgary. The meeting point car park is a short way past the Gallery (with tea room) etc, down the hill and on the right. If coming from Tobermory, take the B8073 to Dervaig and then carry on to Calgary. (Note: there is a second car park at Calgary Bay, with toilets, at grid ref NM 374509. Make sure you get the right car park)

Description: Last year we ran a very enjoyable trip to Mull to look for Slender Scotch Burnet and Transparent Burnet, both day flying moths. Although we found lots of the former we did not find any of the latter. So we are trying again in 2013 but this time at a different site. Fingers crossed. Last year’s meeting was attended by a mix of Mull residents and “outsiders”. For visitors to the island, you could come over just for the day and return to the mainland on an early evening ferry. However, last year I think all those who attended from off the island stayed overnight and made a weekend of it. In which case if the weather is very poor on the Saturday there would be the chance of a get-together on the Sunday.

Approx duration: All day, weather permitting.

What’s needed: Packed lunch.

Any other information: For folk coming from the mainland, you will need to catch either the 09.40 ferry from Lochaline to Fishnish or the 07.30 ferry from Oban to Craignure. If you are crossing with a vehicle, advance booking with the ferry operators is highly advisable for Oban - Craignure. There is no advance booking for the Lochaline – Fishnish ferry, it is run on a first come first served basis. Arriving at the ferry terminal in plenty of time is therefore advisable. The distance from the ferry points is probably just over one hour from Fishnish and perhaps one and a quarter hours or so from Craignure (depending on on-coming traffic as the road is largely single track most of the way). If you wish to come across as a foot passenger then we may be able to pick you up from the ferry terminal and give you a lift to and from the event. It is essential that you contact Pete Moore in advance if you wish to take advantage of this. Last year I think most, if not all, folk travelled over the day before and stayed overnight on Friday to allow a more relaxed start to the Saturday. There is “wild camping” at the south end of Calgary Bay, near to the other car park and toilet block.

See http://calgarybay.co.uk/info.htm for information. There is a bunkhouse at Dervaig, recommended by Tom Prescott, www.mull-hostel-dervaig.co.uk and plenty of B&Bs at this end of the island, which includes Tobermory.

Leader name: Pete Moore

Leader contact details: theconfused@btinternet.com 07866 578079 or 01479 872261