The Farm Pond
For bird enthusiasts our farm pond of approx. 1 acre set in a hollow within a 25 acre field, is an oasis supporting a large population of bird life including Teal, Widgeon, Geese, Swans, Curlew, Snipe and many other wader species that leave the shores under the cover of darkness.
Ongoing work with local bird ringing specialists whose efforts inform the British Trust for Ornithology database, has previously yeilded a pair of snipe, migrants from Iceland and a rare Jack Snipe, a first for Arran. A red neck phalarope also ringed on 31st July, last recorded in the 1980s.
Hedgerow birds including; chaffinches and yellowhammers. Current netting of the pond has continued with weather conditions being unfavourable for much of the winter season however, a few birds have been ringed, including further snipe, blackbird, robin and excitingly the return of the first Jack snipe on Arran ringed last winter!
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