Arctic terns fly into Banchory for Bird Yarns

Woodend Barn is excited to welcome Bird Yarns – a project by Cape Farewell and An Tobar, in partnership with an international community of knitters and artist Deirdre Nelson.

Bird Yarns celebrates the feats of the Arctic tern, the greatest traveller on earth, and reflects on the plight of migratory sea birds affected by environmental and climate change. Over 80 terns, made from local Ardalanish wool and recycled plastic, will arrive in Woodend Barn’s Wild Garden from 1st August – 3rd September, seeking shelter. A listening post, narrated by Gordon Buchanan, will tell of the plight of the arctic tern and join the birds in the Wild Garden.

Cape Farewell Associate Director Ruth Little says, ‘The Bird Yarns project has been many months in the making, involving the craft skills, enthusiasm and commitment of knitters from Mull to Arkansas, Cape Breton to Dundee. Under the wise and witty guidance of Deirdre Nelson, the project has expanded to incorporate and promote local producers and the rich human and natural resources of Scotland’s islands. Sea Change is made up of an archipelago of art projects based on local knowledge, which are being developed on the islands and presented on Mull, Shetland, North Uist and Barra, at Dovecot Studios Edinburgh, on the BBC/ACE digital platform The Space and now at Woodend Barn, Banchory.’

The birds have flown in from Mull and can now be found seeking shelter in a couple of places in Banchory town centre and in Woodend Barn’s Wild Garden. Woodend Barn is inviting young people in Banchory to count all the birds and the first to find them all will win a prize. Woodend Barn also has kits available for knitting your own bird – available for purchase from Buchanans Bistro.

Deirdre Nelson is currently working with Third Stage, an arts and crafts group for the over 60s. Anyone interested in coming along to some of these sessions can contact Woodend Barn on 01330 825431.

Please see change/ for details, artist diaries and updates.