by Bernie Bell - 08:11 on 21 September 2022

Rousay has long been known as ‘The Egypt of the North’ because so much significant archaeology has been found there….


Then, a whole other load of archaeology was discovered and is the process of being excavated at Skaill Farm….


And now, the archaeologists are looking for more…..


Part of this project aims to look at sea level rise and coastal erosion – which I’ve just written of in m’blog…..


On Rousay, this is particularly relevant in relation to the site at Swandro…. https://www.swandro.co.uk/

There’s so much theeeeere – and what more is to be discovered?



I’ve previously mentioned seeing evidence that a hedgehog or hedgehogs visit or live in our garden….  https://theorkneynews.scot/2021/09/04/week-thirty-five-one-day-at-a-time/

There is still at least one hedgehog about as we see poo regularly and Mike met a big hedgehog rootling in the hedge on Monday evening (the  hedgehog was rootling – not Mike).

I received an email from Hugh Warwick about being hedgehog aware, so I thought I’d bung it in m’blog……

20 SEP 2022 —

“I am always excited seeing other people come up with brilliant ideas to help hedgehogs! And there are few better than the amazing Jo Wilkinson who set up Hedgehog Friendly Campus.

Their latest wheeze is rather simple ... The Big Hog Friendly Litter Pick Challenge - #Pick4Prickles is the social media hashtag - and it is all about getting rid of litter!

My local park seems to be revealing a slipping in attitudes to litter - there is much more left around - though it is possible that this is more to do with getting rid of a park-keeper, so no one there to 'remind' folk not to leave rubbish lying around. I have also noticed that foxes, crows and jackdaws, have taken to raiding the bins, scattering the contents ... 

In the big scheme of threats to hedgehogs, litter may seem small beer - but it is actually very important on two levels. Hedgehogs (and other wildlife) do become trapped in litter - crisp packets, tins, plastic rings from beer cans, yoghurt pots, even face masks. But there is an even more important reason - and that is to try and instil some care and respect for the natural world. If people see rubbish strewn around the place there is a chance they will just join in the laziness. But if a very public effort is made to create a more pleasant environment ... well ... I just hope that it will encourage some to take a bit more care.

So have a look at what Jo and her team are up tohere is a video - the wonderful Megan McCubbin is joined by Dr Amir Khan (new patron of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society) in giving the campaign a push. Get your local school, college or university to take up the challenge - it is a competition - and there is a prize of a hedgehog house and food for the team that collect the most bags over litter before the of November!

What else is going on - well I have three events in Devon soon - here are links to two of themSouth Brent on 29th September and Dartmouth on the 30th (and while the link suggests 0630, I am pretty sure it is 1830!!) - hope to see some of you there.”

And that, reminded me of this…… https://theorkneynews.scot/2021/11/05/hedgehogs-and-bonfires/


Here’s one I made earlier….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2018/07/19/poetry-corner-spellsongs/


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