Monthly Archives: November 2012

Fungi, Lichens and Mosses

We have endured heavy winds and rain here in the Scottish Borders for a few days. All is calm tonight, with a bright moon lighting up the fells around us. The Forestry gamekeeper will be out looking for deer to … Continue reading

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Bats around our cottage

As the winter draws in, Autumn having not been the golden wonder this year, we know our local Bat population will be in a state of near hibernation. Researching this topic, as I do each one I write about in … Continue reading

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Fast flowing water; Grey Heron and White Throated Dipper

We live to the south west of Cauldcleuch Head, a 619 metres high ridge which is near the start of the Scottish Watershed (see Peter Wright’s ‘Ribbon of Wilderness’). It is a significant goal for many hardy hikers to aim … Continue reading

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Buzzard Territory

The Buzzard is a medium to large sized raptor, and is as an effective killing machine as a Golden Eagle. Geneticist Steve Jones suggests that the Buzzard is one of many creatures probably descended from a ‘segmented worm-like being in … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Owls

One of the lasting memories of my first night at our cottage was to be looking out of the rooflight window on a magnificent starry night, when a white apparition flew past. I was so shocked, it seemed supernatural. It … Continue reading

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