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  • n. A type of calcerous sandy terrain formed mostly from seashells, found by the coast in areas of Scotland and Ireland.


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  • I search in vain but, though it grows fainter with distance the song itself accompanies me across the machair to the ridge of the dunes and the first sight of the sea.

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  • Already the first brown areas are appearing on the machair where well-rotted weed has been spread not only to enrich the light sandy soil but also to help bind it in a way artificial fertilisers never could.

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  • Soon the bull, duty done, will be off to his winter quarters while most of the others will be moved on to the machair, where they will play their part in the crofting cycle which maintains one of Britain's rarest ecosystems.

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  • White beaches, standing stones, flowers on the machair, Gaelic psalm-singing (which sounds like no other church music in Europe - a Chinese or Mongolian feel to it) and monstrous alcohol consumption on a Saturday night (an Englishman is best advised to avoid Stornoway dockside bars) followed by a real Sabbath - no shops, taxis, bars - you go for a walk or go to church.

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  • Already, he said, the machair - the coastal grassland that forms a natural sea defence - had receded dramatically along parts of the south west coast.

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  • "The machair, which has been acting as a barrier for the last few thousands years, has come to a stage where it's within less than a foot of the Atlantic coming in and flooding vast areas of the south end of the island," he said.

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  • Here, the sands are bordered by machair, a rich coastal grassland that helps to stabilise the sand deposits.

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  • The machair is in turn grazed and fertilised by the crofters 'animals, helping to maintain a delicate natural balance.

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  • My songlines are sheeptracks, scarring the machair, criss-crossing the old ways.


  • Continue down to shore; right up tarmac road (BA) for 400m, then left across machair, to follow Black Ditch sod fence along cliffs (take care!) for two miles to reach Children of Lir (BA) monument. - Frontpage RSS Feed


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