Lewis HELPS Newsletter

Selected works by Elisabeth Robson were printed in the Hebridean Environment & Landscape Protection Society newsletter in August 2010.

HELPS is dedicated to preserving the environment of the Outer Hebrides through education and collaboration with other environmental organizations such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

There are many endangered birds that make their homes on Lewis, where Elisabeth recently visited and photographed. One such bird is the corncrake, which is a ground nesting bird. It has been endangered since industrial agriculture replaced small farms in the UK, since the machines which clear and harvest the fields destroy the nests. Elisabeth's father has sown one large plot on his croft with oats, barley and wildflowers specifically to attract the corncrake, and there were at least three nesting there in the summer of 2010. Unfortunately, Elisabeth was not able to capture a photo of the shy bird, but did hear them frequently.