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SPECIAL MEETING TO DISCUSS TIMETABLES Event Date
23 Apr 2014
Date posted
13 Apr 2014

 Coll Community Council Notice.

A Special Public Meeting to be held at An Cridhe on the 23rd April 2014 at 19,30 hrs (7.30) in the main hall. As this effects everyone please attend or let the council know your feelings in writting or e-mail to the sectretary.

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COLL BIRD FESTIVAL 2014 Event Date
25 Apr 2014
Date posted
3 Mar 2014
The event offers an insight into the work on the island's bird reserve, provides guided walking throughout the island to learn about key species, gives tips on spotting and recording birdlife, offers family activities in a natural environment and the option of a boat trip to Lunga.
 
Friday 25th April
10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm - Waders and Corncrakes of the RSPB Coll Reserve
Short guided walks of the RSPB reserve with local warden, Ben Jones.
Free event with donations welcome.
 
Saturday 26th April
11am - Family Beach-walk and Wild Art
Family activity at Crossapol beach (tbc) led by Kat Jones from RSPB.  One hour and a half duration.  £3 for adults and £1 for children.
 
2pm - Bird Identification and Recording Techniques
Guided walk led by James Bray of the BTO.  Three hour duration.
Free event with donations welcome.
 
10AM - Seabird Safari led by the Scottish Ornithologists' Club
Boat trip from Coll to neighbouring Lunga, allowing time on the island to look for birdlife.   Each trip is limited to a maximum number of 12 passengers with around 1.5 hours ashore at Lunga.  Transport provided by Coastal Connections.  Weather dependent.  £35 per person.
 
1.30PM - Seabird Safari led by the Scottish Ornithologists' Club 
As above.
 
7.30pm - 9.30pm Coll Birdlife Presentation Evening
With doors opening at 7pm, the bar will be open for drinks and complimentary nibbles will be served.  We then move through to the main hall for the main event where we have a great line up of guest speakers, as follows:
 
Scotland's Wonderful Birdlife - Chris McInerny, President, Scottish Ornithologists' Club
Chris will describe the incredible range of bird species seen across the whole of Scotland, and the beautiful habitats that they occupy. Focus will be on species particular to Scotland, from the mountain tops to the sea, with particular mention of their interesting biology and distribution.
 
The birds of Coll and Tiree - John Bowler, RSPB Officer (Tiree), in association with the SOC
Find out more about the habitats and birdlife of the two islands. We'll take a look at both the subtle differences between the islands and the national/international importance of many of the breeding and wintering populations that they support.
 
Bird recording around Scotland - James Bray, British Trust for Ornithology
Through the efforts of volunteers participating in BTO surveys, the bird populations of the British Isles have been monitored more effectively and for longer than those of most other parts of the world.  James will talk you through how your sightings can help conservation and science.
 
The cost of the event is £3 for adults and is free for children.
 
Sunday 27th April
9am - Bird Identification and Recording Techniques
Guided walk led by James Bray of the BTO.  Three hour duration.
Free event with donations welcome.
 
10am - Rockpooling and Low-Water Fishing
Family activity (location tbc) led by Kat Jones from RSPB.  Two hour duration.
£3 for adults and £1 for children.
 
10AM - Seabird Safari led by the Scottish Ornithologists' Club 
Boat trip from Coll to neighbouring Lunga, allowing time on the island to look for birdlife.   Each trip is limited to a maximum number of 12 passengers with around 1.5 hours ashore at Lunga.  Transport provided by Coastal Connections.  Weather dependent.  £35 per person.
 
1.30PM - Seabird Safari led by the Scottish Ornithologists' Club 
As above.
 
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COLL OF THE SHARKS FESTIVAL Event Date
20 Aug 2014
Date posted
17 Mar 2014

Coll of the Sharks Festival is the annual Basking Shark festival based on the Isle of Coll. With the idillic Hebridean waters surrounding Coll being the main Scottish (and possible worldwide) hotspot for basking sharks, where better to have a shark festival! 6 days of shark and marine based events, for enthusiasts, adults, kids, locals and visitors alike.

Thursday 20th August 2014 - Tue 26th August 2014

During the festival you can take boat trips to see or swim with the sharks and other wildlife. Scuba diving trip are being organised so you can sample some of the underwater delights of the Hebrides, snorkelling trip with the local seals, land based island tours, sunset trips and self guided tours of the island can also be taken.

The showpiece event is a guest speaker presentation evening, which is happening on the Saturday night in the An Cridhe hall. The evening will bring locals and visitors together to the home of Scottish basking sharks!

For more information please see http://baskingsharkscotland.co.uk/coll-of-the-sharks-festival/

Coll of the Sharks Festival

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