For centuries Scotland has prided itself on the abundant numbers of Haggis or Haggi. but sadly these numbers are in decline.The seasonal bans on Wild haggis hunting has come almost too late, but with the introduction of Haggis farms to provide farmed haggis to companies such as Macsween, this has cut down on the consumption of Wild Haggi.
The main predator to the wild haggis, is the pigeonodyle, [pictured above ] The pigeonodyle can catch and eat many of the young haglets, as many as 12 in a day, so these are now being controlled and shot, These bad predators are thankfully, almost eradicated now,
saving most of the young haglets.
I'm not allowed to put a photo on, of the wild haggis for security reasons, just in case of anyone tries to copy" Hamish the haggis basher !!"
Poachers have been hunting the Wild Haggi [plural for Haggis ]
and exporting them to Japan, where they are made into "Scottish Sushi"
In an attempt to preserve the wild haggis in its natural habitat, several sanctuaries have been set up around he country. They breed quite easily and often produce up to 6 baby Haglets,
These are self funded by the sale of "Hagpoo" Hagpoo is made from the faecal droppings of the haggis. mixed with 3 other natural ingredients, i,e thistle sap, scotch mist and another secret ingredient [which i found out was Scotch Broth ] this mixture is processed into "bricks" and then fire treated for 3 days.
Hagpoo is said to burn 3 times as hot as coal and lasts 5 times longer!!
A close relative to the hedgehog, the scottish wild haggis has several distinguishing features. His long [ frontal only] ears can hear sounds up to a mile away, but obviously only in the frontal direction,
However his long front legs and short back legs, give him the ability to stand level on the hills overlooking the glens ,
With the introduction of farmed haggi. for consumption, and the arrest of" Hamish the haggis basher" from achiltibuie, the wild haggi, have had the chance to re-populate in the highlands.
Believe me !!!,,,,,,,,,,, and you'll believe anybody
lots of love jimmy xxxx
[who now works on a haggi reserve farm, now producing up to 100 young haglets per day ]