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Agriculture News

14/9/2017
Day of action at Caithness bird havenThumbnail for article : Day of action at Caithness bird haven
After an extremely busy breeding season, most of the nesting birds have now left St Johns Pool, near Dunnet which gave the Caithness Countryside Volunteers the ideal opportunity to get into action before the winter migrants begin to arrive.   The volunteers undertook a range of activities such as wood preserving the viewing hides and fence posts.  
15/7/2017
Caithness County Show 2017 - SaturdayThumbnail for article : Caithness County Show 2017 - Saturday
The rain was forecast and it came as predicted.   The first couple hours up until about 9.00am were dry then rain came on steadily but the ground remained firm all day.  
14/7/2017
Caithness County Show 2017Thumbnail for article : Caithness County Show 2017
Caithness County Show 2017 is underway.   First photos are from Friday.  
3/11/2016
Caithness Volunteers enhance habitat for the Small Blue butterflyThumbnail for article : Caithness Volunteers enhance habitat for the Small Blue butterfly
Members of the Caithness Countryside Volunteers turned out in force on Sunday (30 October 2016) to assist with a habitat enhancement project for a rare butterfly species in the Dunnet Bay area.   Dunnet Bay is home to the most northerly colony of the Small Blue Butterfly whose caterpillars depend solely on kidney vetch as a food source.  
3/11/2016
Caithness Volunteers enhance habitat for the Small Blue butterflyThumbnail for article : Caithness Volunteers enhance habitat for the Small Blue butterfly
Members of the Caithness Countryside Volunteers turned out in force on Sunday (30 October 2016) to assist with a habitat enhancement project for a rare butterfly species in the Dunnet Bay area.   Dunnet Bay is home to the most northerly colony of the Small Blue Butterfly whose caterpillars depend solely on kidney vetch as a food source.  
15/10/2016
North and West Caithness Ploughing Association 27th Annual Ploughing MatchThumbnail for article : North and West Caithness Ploughing Association 27th Annual Ploughing Match
The 27th Annual ploughing match organised by North and West Caithness Ploughing Association took place on Saturday 15th October 2016.   The days was very wet with rain have been on for several hours before the start.  
19/7/2016
Caithness County Show 2016 - ResultsThumbnail for article : Caithness County Show 2016 - Results
Cattle Aberdeen-Angus: Champion - B and J Mackay, of Skitten, Wick, with Balmachie Roderick, a thee-year-old bull sired by Balmachie Benvorlick.  Beef Shorthorn: J Campbell and Co, of Todholes, Thurso, with Ballylinney Daisy, a 17-month-old daughter of Podehole Edward.  
16/7/2016
Caithness County Show 2016Thumbnail for article : Caithness County Show 2016
The 175th Caithness County Show got off to a wonderful Saturday morning and rain only came in by the afternoon.  Nothing could stop the event by then.  
2/6/2016
Caithness County Show 2016 - Deadline For EntriesThumbnail for article : Caithness County Show 2016 - Deadline For Entries
The 2016 Caithness County Show will be here before you know it.   So anyone who still has an entry form waiting to go in or has not completed one yet should get their skates on.  
18/7/2015
Caithness County Show 2015 - Saturday PhotosThumbnail for article : Caithness County Show 2015 - Saturday Photos
The rain stayed off for most of the day.   Welly boots were in evidence to get around the show ground..  
19/7/2014
Caithness County Show 2014Thumbnail for article : Caithness County Show 2014
The Caithness county Show 2014 was held at Thurso East..  
2/7/2014
Volunteers Spruce Up Mey Bird HideThumbnail for article : Volunteers Spruce Up Mey Bird Hide
Members of the Caithness Countryside Volunteers were pleased with the dry weather on Sunday morning as they were busy painting the second coat of wood preservative at the Loch of Mey bird hide.   The local Scottish Ornithologists' Club (SOC) were fortunate to access a grant from the Action Earth Awards to pay for the wood preservative, brushes, wood and guttering to undertake vital repairs at the bird watching facility.  
14/5/2014
Save The Sound Of Summer - The Great Yellow BumblebeeThumbnail for article : Save The Sound Of Summer - The Great Yellow Bumblebee
The sound of bumblebees buzzing around our flowers on a warm sunny day is a sure sign summer is here.  But bumblebees are also an essential part of the countryside, responsible as they are for pollinating our crops and wildflowers.  
6/5/2014
Caithness Volunteers Get Giant Hogweed Under ControlThumbnail for article : Caithness Volunteers Get Giant Hogweed Under Control
Members of the Caithness Countryside Volunteers, with direction from John Parrott from Coille Alba, undertook control measures on Giant Hogweed along the Wick riverside last weekend.   Growing to 20 feet high, this impressive plant was once planted in gardens but has become a problematic invasive species in Britain, particularly along river banks.  
24/4/2014
Environmental volunteering is key to healthier, happier, more employable young people, says SNH chairmanThumbnail for article : Environmental volunteering is key to healthier, happier, more employable young people, says SNH chairman
Scotland’s young people can become healthier, happier, and more employable by taking part in environmental volunteering, according to the chairman of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).   An estimated 90,000 people take part in environmental or wildlife volunteering in Scotland each year.  
8/4/2014
Wick High Pupils Build Bug HotelThumbnail for article : Wick High Pupils Build Bug Hotel
Pupils at Wick High School have been regularly working with the local Highland Council countryside ranger at Newtonhill Croft Woodland over the last 6 months.  The youngsters have been working in all weather conditions and have undertaken a wide range of tasks such as hedge cutting and tree planting.  
30/1/2014
Caithness Countryside Volunteers Help Out At ForsinainThumbnail for article : Caithness Countryside Volunteers Help Out At Forsinain
The Caithness Countryside Volunteers ventured across to Mackay country this month to work on a ‘boggy’ project on the flows of Sutherland.   The peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland are a globally important habitat and the RSPB are currently undertaking work to restore some areas of former conifer plantation back to native bog.  
25/10/2013
51st Scottish Ploughing Championships 2013Thumbnail for article : 51st Scottish Ploughing Championships 2013
Stanstill Farm in Caithness saw the start of the 51st Scottish Ploughing Championships.   On what turned out to be a dry Saturday following heavy rain on Friday conditions seemed ideal for the competitions that went into full swing from the shire horses showing how it used to be done to the bigger modern ploughs and many in between.  
20/7/2013
Caithness County Show 2013Thumbnail for article : Caithness County Show 2013
Photos from the Caithness County Show 2013..  
3/11/2012
North And West Caithness Ploughing Association 23rd Annual Ploughing MatchThumbnail for article : North And West Caithness Ploughing Association 23rd Annual Ploughing Match
Photos from North And West Caithness Ploughing Association 23rd Annual Ploughing Match..