Dear Members,

Thank you to all who responded to our straw poll re meetings. As a result, we have decided to drag MH&AS into the 21stCentury! Not only will the November meeting be face-to-face, but we’ll also hold it live, via Zoom, for those of you who are unable to get to the meeting, AND we’ll set up a You Tube channel so that videos of our talks can be watched at any time of day – or night!

Details for the November meeting (either 16th, 17th or 19th) are to follow so please look out for the email from Mary. But, in the meantime, I can tell you that the November speaker will be Mull member Steven Littlewood (known to many of us as ‘Steve’). Steve’s book Wild Mull: A Natural History of the Island and its People, is about to be published – next week! I was lucky enough to be sent a review copy and have to say that it’s a super book. It has just the right balance of scholarliness, humour and a tad of ‘romance’ – I learned so much about Mull that I felt quite humbled by my lack of knowledge.

The photographs, mostly by Martin Jones, are amazing – see the attached spread for a sample. Steve is clearly passionate about everything Mull, but towards the end of the book there is a sting in the tail – something to alert us all to the fragility of the place we love.

Steve’s publishers, Pelagic Publishing, have very generously offered our members a 30% discount off the cover price of £25. All you have to do is order through their website: adding the discount code WILDMULL30 at the checkout. I’ll be buying copies to give as Christmas gifts, too.

So get your copy now and we’ll see you, really or virtually in November.

All the best,

Yours aye,