Kintyre Bioregion is a collaboration of various permaculture projects across the Kintyre peninsular which includes Daisy Cottage, Tabert Community Healing Garden, Ron Mara near Muasdale, Bruce’s Stone Croft near Carradale and Judy Martin’s sites in Campbeltown.
It is the first region in Scotland to become a LAND site: part a burgeoning permaculture Learning and Demonstration Network across the UK.
Daisy Cottage is a venue for Permaculture Design Courses. Earlier this year the Glasgow-based course, led by Lusi Alderslowe, spent a weekend there and Ed helped with the teaching. It is a fascinating building in its own right, having been built by crofter-fishermen from the profits accruing from bumper herring harvests.
About Ed Tyler
Ed writes the posts on this blog. He has been teaching full design courses in Argyll since 2005. Before then he was a lecturer in further and adult education. He gained his diploma in applied permaculture in 1996 and is now a diploma tutor with a number of diploma apprentices.
Ed has a wealth of knowledge about how to read the landscape, plant identification, and ecology. He considers the landscape of the Scottish west coast to be one of the most interesting in the whole of Europe. He also specialises in bioregions and community development.
About the Region
Tarbert is a fishing village on Loch Fyne, the largest sea loch in Scotland. It is at the north end of the Kintyre peninsula, about 50 miles west of Glasgow as the gull flies.
Tarbert is in the West Argyll and Islands Bioregion located along the west coast of Scotland. Within this Bioregion, there are tantalising fragments of our old Atlantic oak and hazelwoods, Britain’s very own temperate rainforest. It contains some species which are found nowhere else in the world.
Our coast is also one of the most spectacular and biodiverse in the whole of Europe, with tidal rapids, whirlpools, numerous islands, sea lochs and peninsulas. Porpoises are resident just outside Tarbert harbour, and Loch Fyne is sometimes visited by dolphins, minke whales, basking sharks and leatherback turtles. Otters occur everywhere along our coasts. It is also rich in archaeological sites, including Ballachroy Stones, which have both summer and winter solstice alignments, and the Beachar cairn at which the first famous Neolithic pottery was first found.