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Imagining Barnacle Geese on Islay

The Primary 6/7 class of Port Ellen Primary School listened carefully last week as I galloped through time explaining, as best I could, how the myth of the Barnacle Goose began, developed and was perpetuated. Using a presentation of pictures and quotes from history, we started with a look at how geese had been viewed […]

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Barnacle – Fish or Fowl?

Beginnings. I am exploring in partnership with my husband, Carl Mitchell, the image of the Barnacle Goose in Scotland. This species has a myth connected with its origin, based on early lack of knowledge of migration. There are several fascinating medieval drawings of Barnacle Geese growing on trees, as the myth says, available to view […]

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