Crofting Life on the Isle of Lewis.
Everywhere you go you see sheep and cattle and peat stacks outside crofters houses.The small strips of land that make up a croft, are barely sufficient to produce all the feed required for the animals throughout the year. Common grazing land out on the moor makes up for it in some way. Crofting as a way of life is not easy and no fortunes are made, but if it wasn't for crofting the landscape and the birdlife on these islands would just not be the same. The lack of mechanised farming, means that ground nesting birds are able to raise their chicks, without the risk of being 'mown up' by some large agricultural machinery. When on our tour, everywhere you go is accompanied with the sound of Skylarks, constantly singing high above you in the sky..a beautiful sound which is sadly missing now from so many parts of the UK.