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Looking For Scotland’s Top Nature Photos

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The hunt for Scotland’s best nature pictures is on, as part of a Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) contest to celebrate Scottish Biodiversity Week.

The fifth annual Nature Photography Competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers. First prize is a one-to-one tutorial with a professional photographer; second prize is a Olympus E-450 Digital SLR camera; and third prize is a Panasonic Lumix F245 Digital Camera and a Hama Star tripod.

This free contest celebrates Scottish Biodiversity Week, which runs from 21 to 29 May. For more information on the week’s activities throughout Scotland, see www.snh.gov.uk/biodiversityweek.

This year’s theme is the gifts which nature gives to us all. SNH is looking for pictures which show these gifts, whether they are practical gifts like oxygen, food and water, or more spiritual gifts like awe, serenity or inspiration. Scottish Biodiversity Week organiser, Zeshan Akhter, said:
“Nature gives us so many gifts every day – actually, every moment and every breath we take. But it’s easy to take nature for granted. I think that’s the reason why pictures of wildlife move us so much: because we are reminded of our connection to the natural world. I always look forward to seeing what inspires people about nature, so I hope to see lots of terrific shots again this year!”

Entrants should email their pictures of animals, plants or landscapes to bit{@}snh.gov.uk by 17 June 2011,as an attachment with “Photo Contest” in the subject line. Entries must be original, have a title, information on how the image shows the gifts of nature, where in Scotland the photo was taken, and the entrant’s name and contact details. Each person may submit up to two entries. SNH will notify winners in August and the winning entries will be posted on the website and highlighted in the Scottish Biodiversity Forum’s quarterly newsletter.

For more information, see www.snh.gov.uk/biodiversityweek.

Bumper Lamb Sale

sheep_and_lambUnited Auctions held their Annual Lamb Sale on Tiree on 21st August. With over 60 crofters offering stock for sale and 10 buyers from the mainland purchasing on behalf of themselves and others trade was brisk.
An excellent offering of quality lambs were shown in good bloom. 4357 lambs were sold, 87 Store cattle and 19 Cows/Bulls. The general feeling at the sale was that the prices were much improved from last year and now more nearly reflect the true cost of producing quality stock.
The facilities at Tiree Rural Centre once again impressed both buyers and sellers enabling Tiree crofters the chance to present their stock to its best . The entry of lambs sold to £70 per head for Suffolk Crosses from 2/15 Balevullin and to 186 pence per kilo for Texel Crosses from 6 Balevullin. The overall average for the Lambs recorded a rise of £13.72 on the year.
Yearling Store Bullocks sold to £790 (192pence per kilo) for Bumper Lamb Sale Charolais Crosses from Garraphail whilst Aberdeen Angus Cross Heifers from Middleton Farm sold to £775 and Simmental Cross Heifers from 10 Crossapol sold to 199 pence per kilo. Cast Cows from Croish sold to £945.