A view on Fishing,Community and Life on the NW coast of Scotland

Pine martens


and submarines,


you never know what is around the corner here. Out on the water all day for a wee change and apart from a decent catch with some bigger langoustine in a couple of fleets on the edge of the Range. Maybe a little inside but not far enough in to worry the watch keepers. But they know we always come to the edge to shoot back and it is only the tide/current that takes the creels in. Looking up to the west spotted a trident heading south…possibly one of the last places I would choose to work. wonder if they have floppy discs on board like the American ones.

Landed the catch by bike as the van was in use and was just catching up on the news at the computer. Hearing some noises outside but did not connect, even after the mammy pine marten dropped down onto the window ledge , did a little tour along the porch before heading back up the wall. She disappeared under the eve of the dormer window. Then the penny dropped as the screaming continued. Sounded as though something was in distress and first I thought it was some bird that had met the pine marten. We have suspected that there was a family upstairs so nipped out to have a root around the undergrowth. Went for a glove just in case and proved right when I found a young one hiding, possibly having fallen off the roof. Ferocious little beasties and it was having a good go at taking chunks out of me.



Although some hen owning crofters would frown, the little one was put up on the roof but it was terrified and did not move or make a sound so the mother did not know she was there.


Nipped upstairs caught it and put her back in the loft, quickly closing the hatch as I heard the mother scampering across.

Comments on: "Pine Martens and Submarines." (8)

  1. Cool

  2. basketbob said:

    What a treat! It’s not everybody can say they have pine martens upstairs. We have to make do with the occasional mouse…

  3. aww Snoddy great Pine Marten conservation… you\ll have to give them names now and do a wee bit of the blog about them …The Roofers perhaps? Liz and Jan x

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Not sure on how well the young ones will do. Hot in the loft and one was in the grass yesterday again. Dougal very interested. Was put back but very frightened. We’ll see.

  4. Ali
    What a spell of weather on the west,
    Just got Braemar commissioned and guess what, no water!
    You know the saying!

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Yep. Just seen a tweet saying that three water tankers a day are going into Morvern. At least the north wind has dropped. Crazy night at the Inn last night. Like a festival.

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