Of barnacles and geese

Message to say that the Orkney Story Stack session for Thursday 21 March is postponed due to illness. A new date will be confirmed soon.


Sorry to make you wait to hear Margaret’s goose barnacle encrusted log story! That’s her photograph of the very same log above moored at Moaness Pier.

Meantime another story…..have you ever wondered where Goose barnacles and Barnacle geese got their name?

Wildlife blogger David Craven helps out – https://wildnatureblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/11/barnacle-geese-and-goose-barnacles/


“The goose-tree” from Gerard’s Herbal (1597), displaying the belief that goose barnacles produced barnacle geese.  Image above from Wellcome Images, a website operated by Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation based in the United Kingdom. https://wellcomecollection.org. Image below Wikimedia Commons.


This Australian goose barnacle below is showing its ‘feathers’. Image shared on Wikimedia Commons  by John Turnbull more here.


The following image of a goose barnacle bejewelled bottle that washed up in Stronsay is by Tom Kent and from the Orkney Library & Archive. It is this image that sparked Margaret’s story in the first place. We will post Margaret’s log tale (and Terry’s story about the same log) and other Hoy stories here in summer.


Orkney Story Stack is a Digital Storytelling project managed by Orkney Library & Archive and part of the wider Digital Storytelling pilot run by Scottish Book Trust.


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