I started 2019 with a 4 mile walk along the Water of Leith. It was quiet, but good for waking up after a late night. Advertisements
Day 26 is really a second part to Day 25, coming from the first ever Local Nature Reserve, established in 1952. Aberlady Bay.
Posted in 30 Days Wild, Biology, Birds, Botany, Invertebrates, Scotland
Tagged 30 Days Wild, aberlady bay, butterflies, early purple orchid, marsh orchid, nature reserve, reed bunting, ringlet, Roe Deer, saltmarsh, skylark, viper's bugloss, whitethroat, yellowhammer
I’ve largely stayed off politics on the blog the past few months but today, a week after the Article 50 notification and the ‘triggering’ of Brexit, it seems timely to raise an ongoing threat to our natural world this poses.
Posted in About the blog, conservation, England, Media, Scotland, Why watch wildlife?
Tagged birds, brexit, conservation, conservative, eu, habitats, Henry VIII, labour, laws, legislation, Liberal Democrat, SNP
As most readers will know, whether in the UK or not, on Thursday Britain’s electorate will be polled on whether or not to remain a member of the European Union. It is possible to read a million-and-one opinion pieces on … Continue reading
Posted in About the blog, Birds, Botany, England, Invertebrates, Mammals, Media, Plants, Scotland, Tech stuff, Why watch wildlife?, Zoology
Another belated post this one as a month has disappeared in a flash. A trip to Edinburgh allowed us a day at Loch Leven NNR, including the RSPB site there. The morning walking around the RSPB reserve was hampered by … Continue reading
Posted in Birds, Fungi, Mammals, Scotland
Tagged birds, Fungi, Heron, Loch Leven, mammals, Roe Deer, rspb, Scotland
Apparently visits to the British coast have declined by 20% across ten years, from 62% of people visiting the coast at least once in year in 2005, down to just 42% now. I find this really depressing. The coast of … Continue reading
Posted in About the blog, Birds, Botany, England, Fossils, Geology, Green exercise, Invertebrates, Lancashire, Mammals, Media, Phenology, Plants, Scotland, Why watch wildlife?, Wildlife stories
Tagged birds, coast, england, ireland, ocean, Scotland, sea, wales, wildlife
I thought I’d wrap up my series of blogposts on the Scotland trip with a reflection on some of the great places we stayed, ate, visited, just in case you fancy a visit. On our way up, we stayed in … Continue reading
Things have been very bird/animal heavy on my blog to-date, and I’ve always been keen to add a drop of geology to the mix. Fortunately my trip to Scotland has presented the perfect opportunity with the geological gem that is … Continue reading
Today we have a look at some of the mammals we spotted. I’ll be honest, to some extent our mammal experiences were disappointing. Despite frequenting areas we knew to have them, we didn’t see one single otter. Pine Marten too … Continue reading
A much smaller post today than yesterday’s minor epic on seabirds. Much of our time was spent at the coast, so really the ‘inland’ birds we saw were incidental (and generally near the sea too). There’s plenty I didn’t photograph, … Continue reading