AT LAST week’s Rotary Club meeting at the Caledonian Hotel, speaker Frank Scott gave members a look at St Kilda.
Frank showed his great depth of knowledge on the North Atlantic archipelago that was cleared of its native population in the 1930s.
The archipelago of St Kilda, the remotest part of the British Isles, lies 41 miles west of Benbecula in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.
Its islandsform the most important seabird breeding station in north-west Europe.
His illustrated presentation revealed a beautiful but wild environment, where awe inspiring scenery gives a background to fauna that is almost undisturbed by man.
While Frank’s talk concentrated on the wildlife, but he also described the self reliant society that existed for many years, together with its decline and the reasons for that decline.
The National Trust for Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and the MoD, work in partnership to further a continuing programme of conservation and research on the islands to ensure the care and protection of this World Heritage Site.
Frank was thanked by Rotarian Ian McFatridge for an absorbing presentation, which provoked an array of questions.