I am Jonathon,a residential volunteer with the RSPB. This is my 5th stay at a reserve and is definitely the best yet - the weather has been mostly wonderful,the views all round the Mull are just beautiful and there is a huge variety of wildlife.The Mull is covered in a very large variety of flowers of all colours and types - and there are caterpillars,butterflies and all sorts of creepie crawlies. Of course I have come mainly for the birds and have seen many things I am familiar with,but have had also had a couple of " firsts " in black guillemot and a really lovely short-eared owl that obligingly sat still long enough for us to get it in the scope.
Gannets have always been one of my favourites and with the 5000 birds on the Scare Rocks,they are to be seen every day. On my second day I went for a very cold swim in the evening at Port Logan ( very close to the accomodation ) and had a lovely gannet diving in to the water only a few hundred yards away. It has been good to work with and get to know Hannah - with her very new status of auntie to her sisters little boy - and I am sure that I will want to return to do another spell of volunteering here.