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NATURE'S NOTES

- monthly bulletins of seasonal interest 

- commissioned articles undertaken 

April 4, 2020

Last week I promised you a walk on my local patch, so if I can borrow your imagination Freyja and I will take you on our daily 1-hour exercise stroll; through the woods and down to the loch to see what birds it's possible to find.

From home we first walk through a birch...

March 28, 2020

Tonight, don’t forget the clocks go forward; perhaps not fast enough to see a world free of coronavirus just yet, but hopefully soon. This is an unprecedented time in our history. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on all our lives; the health and well-being of our lov...

March 10, 2020

It doesn’t take long to appreciate that Iceland’s creation is not yet complete. A few miles from the International Airport at Keflavik, the earth boils and gurgles in a cauldron of thick grey-ooze.  The landscape, a palette of pastel hues, where great plumes of steam r...

March 1, 2020

The harsh unforgiving winter landscape of the Cairngorms is home to one of our most exquisite, yet heavily persecuted, mammals the mountain hare. Mountain hares are well adapted to their cold, snowy environments. Their winter coat includes heavily furred hind-paws whic...

December 23, 2019

When we think of that group of birds we call waders, we generally picture elegant, well-proportioned birds with long-legs and long-bills probing the mud for food. But the family consists of a range in size from the graceful curlews and godwits down through medium sized...

December 1, 2019

Soon after day break, the first flights of Scandinavian migrants reach the east coast, within minutes the hungry travellers gorge the fruits of sea buckthorn, hawthorn, holly and rowen. Sadly, not all survive the long over-night journey from southern Norway and during...

September 13, 2019

The aurora season has started with some incredible displays of gorgeous lights, I know, I have just returned from Iceland where autumn arrives earlier than here in the UK. As the days are getting progressively shorter and the first chill descends the night-air; its tim...

July 17, 2019

Waders are a great favourite among birdwatchers. Everything about them is right: they often have beautiful plumages, well-proportioned birds giving them a sense of elegance: they have evocative, atmospheric calls, the epitome of wild places and they travel huge distanc...

June 16, 2019

Broadleaved woodland has been the dominant vegetation cover over much of the British Isles since the last great glaciers retreated 20,000 years ago. As the forest spread, so did many associated species of mammals, birds and insects. Of all the bird species that regular...

May 19, 2019

The male goldeneye adds a bright note to a winter’s day birdwatching along our coastal waters, lakes, reservoirs and rivers, with its radiant amber eye, iridescent green-black head and crisp black and white body, what a joy. The female having a chestnut brown head, gre...

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