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Coll Bird Festival 2018
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Coll Bird Festival 2018

18th - 20th May
Did you know that the best place to see the corncrake, along with a host of other fantastic and often rare wildlife, is the Isle of Coll? Over the course of this three-day weekend, Coll Bird Festival (in partnership with the local RSPB reserve) offers a variety of guided walks, boat trips, and talks. The ever popular puffin trips to Lunga are back and new, for 2018, is an opportunity to listen to the wonderful nightime song of Coll at our dusk-watch, an alternative boat trip to Tiree, and a hunt for sand lizards and short-necked oil beetles. There's also also a ceilidh and a beach clean with BBQ to finish off the weekend.

You can book a package deal or pick and choose individual events.

Events include:

‘Off the Beaten Track’ walk led by 2 local RSPB staff. New for 2018 the RSPB team have created an exciting new walk which will showcase more of the Coll bird life than has been seen in previous years and let you see parts of Coll that the average visitor will never see.

Walk Arinagour is back and lets you explore Coll’s only village, where the different landscape, from the bay to the trees, offers habitat for birds not commonly seen elsewhere on the island.

Dusk-watch walk to hear the enchanting night-time song of Coll. Spend time on the RSPB reserve enhancing your identification skills by listening to the magnificent dusk chorus.

Boat trips are back! The firm favourite, the puffin, is on the programme again with trips to Lunga. For 2018, you can also visit Tiree.

The Hunt to find the sand lizard and short-necked oil beetle. The short-necked oil beetle was thought to be extinct until it was discovered by the local RSPB manager on Coll (and also at a site in South Devon).

The beach clean on Sunday is a great way to wind up the weekend and make a contribution to Coll which, being on the Atlantic, naturally ‘collects’ debris from all over the world. You never know what interesting items you might find!

As part of the Bird Festival there will be a substantial buffet (with bar) prior to the Saturday evening talk (booking required). Tickets are £12.

To receive a full copy of the programme please email

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A: An Cridhe, Arinagour, Isle of Coll, Argyll PA78 6SY
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