Members of the Plymouth Rock Club of Great Britain visited Bute this week to see the biggest flock of large Plymouth Rocks in the UK.
The flock in question is that kept by David McVey at his home at Birgidale Butts, a quiet hillside location with spectacular views towards the Sound of Bute and the Arran hills - but it isn’t the setting that attracted the club’s members to visit Bute.
“David is the only person in the British Isles who has a collection of large Plymouth Rocks like this,” said Robin Ramus, the president of the club.
“Plymouth Rocks come in a variety of colours, but no-one else keeps all the colours like David. Most breeders keep one or two colours, but David tries to do every colour. Some would have gone a long time ago if it hadn’t been for David McVey.
“He’s possibly not the best show man in the world, because he only goes to one or two shows a year, but it’s the background work he’s putting in to the breed and the work he does to improve them that’s so significant.”
* More on this story in the next edition of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, September 4.