NATURE'S NOTES

- monthly bulletins of seasonal interest 

- commissioned articles undertaken 

August 26, 2020

During July and August woodlands and gardens are quiet, almost devoid of birdsong. The robin, and the blackbird that sang so boldly during spring are silent and skulking – they are moulting.

A bird’s feathers give it protection, colour and pattern for recognition, court...

July 28, 2020

Only 20,000 years ago much of Britain was still in the grip of ice and snow of the Pleistocene Ice Age. Since then, the climate has experienced dramatic change that as influenced and shaped Britain’s landscape. Forces of nature that still continue today, only accelerat...

June 15, 2020

The Arctic fox, also known as the ‘white fox, polar fox, or snow fox’ is one of the most characteristic species native to the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and is common throughout. It is well adapted to living in cold, harsh environments and is perhaps, be...

May 1, 2020

If we have learnt anything over the last 6 weeks it has been the social and economic impact on a nation in lockdown; trying to manage a dangerous pandemic that has affected all our lives, in ways unimaginable only a few weeks ago.

To understand the situation today and w...

April 14, 2020

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...

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...

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