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Rare mussels found near Rum / MPA for the Sound of Canna? - December 2011


"Rare mussels found during marine surveys" by Lewis Smith - - 30/12/2011Fan Mussel (c)

The largest living collection of rare fan mussels in British waters has been discovered around Scotland’s Small Isles. More than 100 of the mussels, a species that fishermen used to believe fed on the bodies of drowned sailors, were located during a series of surveys of Scottish waters over the last year. Mussel fans were one of several rare species to be uncovered in waters where they were either unknown or hardly ever seen. They are the largest shellfish in British waters – growing up to 48cm long – and are among the rarest and most threatened.

Sailors once believed them to eat the bodies of the drowned because they have thin, silk-like threads that look like golden human hairs. The threads allow the mussels to hold on to the sea bed by clinging on to objects as small as a grain of sand. In previous centuries the threads were prized for use in gloves – Henry VIII was reputed to have worn a pair. The mussels, which get their name from being fan-shaped, protrude from the surface of the sea bed and they are especially vulnerable to destruction from scallop dredging. Numbers have also fallen because in previous years they were a popular souvenir among divers. Scotland’s largest horse mussel bed was pinpointed near Noss Head, Caithness, during the 15 surveys this year that covered 2,000 square kilometres of the sea.

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"Scotland's white-tailed eagles reach record numbers" - December 2011

17-12-2011  - 16/12/2011White Tailed Sea Eagle (c) Chris Gomersall / RSPB

A record year for country's largest bird of prey

December 2011: This year has proved another record breaking year for breeding pairs of Scotland's largest bird of prey. White-tailed eagles soared to new heights despite heavy storms throughout the 2011 breeding season. Conservationists, and many sea eagle enthusiasts, had been concerned that the high winds felt across Scotland in May could have had a detrimental impact on breeding white-tailed eagles at the vulnerable part of the season when most nests contain small chicks. Indeed, some nests failed including that of BBC Springwatch star, nicknamed Itchy, who experts fear lost his chicks in the storm.

However, the bad weather failed to blow the species off course. Recent survey figures for the 2011 breeding season reveal that there were 57 territorial pairs in Scotland, an increase of ten per cent on the previous year. A total of 43 young fledged successfully from these nests.

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"Woof' Family hope to Head for Rum" - December 2011


The Scotsman - 15/12/2011

They went in search of the Good Life and believe they have found it on a remote Scottish island. After nine months of travelling the country in a 30-year-old campervan, working on farms and crofts, the Goddard family from Sussex are ready to put down roots and have set their hearts on becoming nearly a tenth of the population of Rum.

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Join the 'Friends Of Rum' - December 2011


The Friends of Rum are a committed group of supporters who help the Isle of Rum Community Trust to achieve our objectives by providing an income for projects, sharing their skills, and through in-kind donations.

Friends of Rum:Handover Celebrations 2010 (c) Georgina McMillan

  • Receive 2 newsletters per year with updates on what we’ve been doing
  • Get a 10% discount on IRCT accommodation (just the campsite at the moment)
  • Have achance to be part of Rum’s development by putting
    forward ideas and providing valuable feedback
  • Enjoy opportunities to join our special Friends events
  • Are able to volunteer for specific practical projects and become part of the community
  • Demonstrate their commitment to the vision of the Isle of Rum Community Trust

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Storm Damage on Rum - December 2011


Trees hanging at the crossroads (c) Georgina McMillan

Scottish School of Forestry Students helping with the cleanup (c) Georgina McMillan

The 8th of December brought high winds to Rum and most of Scotland. Luckily no-one on Rum was injured but we had lots of trees come down in the village.  We were very lucky to have the Scottish School of Forestry Inverness visiting at the time who were amazing at clearing trees and brash in the village.

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Rum Featured on 'Landward' - November 2011


Landward the outdoors TV program came out to Rum in the summer and filmed three short segments for their autumn/winter shows. The focus was on the Rum ponies, Manx Shearwaters, red deer and community development.
The segments will be featured on BBC2 in the November episodes. The first will be shown on BBC2 at 7pm on Friday the 4th of November 2011. Repeated on iPlayer


"Goats to Remain on Rum" - October 2011


SNH Press Release - 24/10/2011

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is to maintain a healthy and viable population of feral goats on the island of Rum, even though some are being culled to protect the island's fragile habitats. The goats are thought to have been on Rum for at least 200 years and, along with eagles, red deer and Manx shearwater, have become an established wildlife feature of the island's national nature reserve. Over the past ten years there has been a marked increase in the size of the feral goat herd, for reasons that are not entirely clear. This has been shown to have a negative impact on protected fragile heaths and grasslands.

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Vote For the Rum Byre Development - September 2011


Help the Rum Byre Development - We need your vote...

Rum Byre (c) Vikki Trelfer
Rum Byre (c) Vikki Trelfer
Rum Byre (c) Vikki Trelfer







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New Book - 'Eccentric Wealth - The Bulloughs of Rum' - August 2011


New Book by Alastair Scott - This is the first book dedicated to exploring the myriad myths and rumours about the Bulloughs of Rum, ranging from their humble beginnings in Lancashire cotton mills to their world-leading inventions which afforded the fantasy world they created on Rum.  Stripping away the hearsay from fact has does nothing to diminish the extraordinary lives they led - indeed, there is a host of spicy new revelations to replace the ones that lack corroboration.  This is not a dry biography but an enthralling read about how the other half lived when they, the nouveau riche, broke free from the social and moral bondage of Victorian Britain. Essential reading for everyone with an interest in Rum and its icon, Kinloch Castle!

Available to buy at Kinloch Castle and at the Rum Community Shop, paperback, RRP £9.99.  Published by Birlinn, 2011.


Burgdorf Students (Switzerland) Visit Rum - August 2011


Twelve students and three lecturers from Bern University of Applied Sciences in Burgdorf, Switzerland, came out to Rum in late August 2011 as part of their architecture summer Burgdorf Students (c) Thomas Krebsschool programme. Thomas Krebs,  group co-ordinator and also a member of the Kinloch Castle Friends Association, liaised with IRCT and arranged for the students to come to Rum and create designs for buildings in the village. Last year, he came to Rum with a first student group and they produced some great designs for the byre/ old farm steading building in the village. These drawings were very helpful to the Rum community as they helped to visualise the potential of the Byre and other developments in the village. This year, they looked at designs for sustainable housing on the north side of Loch Scresort and revisited the Byre design as some of the priorities have changed. We are looking forward to seeing their designs from this year's group and wish to thank Thomas and Bern University of Applied Sciences again for their great work in helping the Rum community.


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