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Activities at Cobleland Campsite

A fun Chocolate Quest with Sophie, Adam, Isaac and Eliza. One of the forfeits that Isaac had to answer was 'Name five creatures that live in the woods'?  He went on to give names to each of the creatures he could think of, adorable :-).

Here is Sophie's lovely Hazel wand complete with a water faerie/elemental to help her with her future spells.

Lots of people interested in bats tonight for the bat walk, a few extra little ones now that the walk can start a bit earlier with the shorter days. Here is Gavin the bat in action in the moonlight, who proved very eager and hungry for hunting down the moths - who promptly screamed a lot!

Nearly full moon above the River Forth.

 


Bat Walk at Tigh Mor

Here is Brian, an excellent sport, as Batfink at this week's bat walk at Tigh Mor.

The Daubenton's bats are being just amazing this year here, circling around above the water just inches from our feet.  We could even see their fingers on their 'hand wings'. They were too quick to see them actually eating the insects, so here is a picture from Google.

 


Bat Walk at Forest Hills

Here is Will (another Will) sporting the bat suit and then managing to applaud himself for being a good sport! There were not that many bats this week, maybe because this is now the bat's mating season so perhaps they were all off on their hot dates?  We did pick up some interesting sounds on the bat detectors :-)!


Bat Walk at Tigh Mor

Here is Nick the Bat, just before attempting to eat all those little moths.


Activities at Forest Hills

Here are this week's lovely wands.

From left: Masie chose an interesting shaped Hawthorn wand, Harry chose Hazel and Louie's Mum chose a Hazel for him to grow into, he was giggling away in the pushchair :-).

Lots of people eager to learn about bushcraft, I think most enjoyed the Douglas Fur tea. Then despite the wind we managed to find a few bats under the Oak and Douglas Fur trees later on.  Here is Richard the bat, he didn't mind the wind, he nearly took off!

 


Activities at Cobleland Campsite

Activities are getting quieter now, but still lovely to see returning families to the site.  One particular family did the Bushcraft with us and already knew lots of wild foods and bushcraft tips, hurrah!

So, can you use 'old man's beard' as a cure for baldness? Stick to using it for fire lighting I think!!

Lots of people still making the wands and wanting to learn some magick.

There were eleven wand makers, here's just three of them, from left: George, Rory and Eva, everyone chose Hazel this week.

The bat walk was fun as ever, here is Colin about to charge the moths!  It's starting to get chilly at night now but the bats were in the warmth and shelter of the forest nicely scoffing away on insects.

 


Bat Walk at Tigh Mor

What an excellent night, 21 lovely people interested about bats and the bats were brilliant too!  Thanks especially to the the water bat that was hunting a few feet away from our own feet and looked spectacular weaving through the chilly mist above the loch. Also, thanks to Alan the bat, who we think is probably our most enthusiastic and definitely our fastest bat when trying to gobble up the moths!


Activities at Forest Hills

Another busy wand session, I think the silly season has finally caught up with me though as I tried to tell the kids to 'ONLY do naughty or mischievous spells', oops!! I did correct myself, phew, we don't want the spells back-firing three-fold eh!

  

All chose hazel today, from left: Lydia, Harvey, Beatrice, Jasmine, Nate, Emma, Annabel, Connor, Morgan, Amy and Isla.

Bushcraft & Survival was a successful one for the young fire lighters and there was a lovely crowd of 30 on the bat walk, which means good news for the bats as this can only mean that people are fascinated by them like us :-). Steven the bat was great at using his hand wings to eat up all the midges during the bat and moth game, he didn't know what he was letting himself in for, although Will didn't give him much choice when it came to asking for volunteers!

 


Activities at Cobleland Campsite

A bit quieter here on the campsite as some of the kids are starting to go back to school.  The girls obviously wanted to have their own session as randomly we had three boys then three girls straight after having arrived late after a trip to Blair Drummond.

 

From left: Cayden, Robbie, Edward, all chosing ash wands

From left: Emily and Ailee's ash and Abbie's hazel wands, together with their magick scrolls reminding them how to make their own spells.

Bat Walk

Lovely big crowd and Stuart the bat was spectacular at demonstrating echo location, although the moths were too busy giggling and forgot that they had actually been eaten by Stuart during the bat and moth game!

 


Bat Walk at Tigh Mor

Nigel made a fine job of looking spooky and was possibly our tallest bat ever :-). Pictured here inside Tigh Mor's reception.