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Why is ice so blue?

Last week I promised you a walk up onto the moorland fringe in search of one of our most spectacular and enigmatic upland birds, however, despite living in a very rural area and the chances of encountering anyone on my walk are virtually nil, in order to comply closely with the government guidelines, I am restricting my daily walks to the woods and loch close to home. To enjoy and appreciate the freedom and wellbeing that our beautiful countryside offers, in a variety of meaningful activities, is our right and inheritance. To be denied access to the greater outdoors, albeit temporary, is something that frustrates all of us although we completely understand this must be done. These are, with

Walk on the Wildside

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 wood, its trees festoon with delicate strands of lichen and the old root-bowls carpeted in vibrant green mosses; home of Dumbeldore perhaps? It’s still relatively cold in the Highlands and the only woodland sound is the thin, winter-song of a robin; an incipient sound of things to come. After the last Ice-Age birch trees moved in quickly as the glaciers receded and today they remain the commonest native tree in the Highlands

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