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Midsummer, Supermoon and Death

When the longest day fell on the 21st of June, it was dark and overcast and seemed like the shortest day. Thousands of years ago our ancestors would have been most put out to find their stone circles could not … Continue reading

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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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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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Weasel Family

There are many badger setts around and beyond our cottage. This is the European Badger (latin name Meles meles), part of the Weasel family. It evolved over 2-4 million years, since the end of the Pleistocene era. Researchers have speculated … Continue reading

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Insects around me

Living in countryside with no living dwelling within sight of our cottage makes for an interesting life. Day and night we are presented with an array of insects. My favourite book as a child was ‘My Family and Other Animals’ … Continue reading

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Have gun will kill

Ornithologists do not recognise the pheasant as a UK bird, although it has the most beautiful plumage of any bird resident in these Isles. It was an Asian bird, finally domesticated and brought to Britain by the Romans adding to … Continue reading

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Nature’s attributes half way up a mountain

We live by a strongly flowing burn. We are used to wet weather, therefore the ground is often boggy, but it drains fast. We are half way up a mountain so the height increases UV light and the conditions attract … Continue reading

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Glorious 12th

Yesterday was the ‘Glorious 12th’ and all grouse (lagopus lagopus scoticus ) in Scotland would have been finding themselves the target of many shooters had it not been a Sunday. No game may be shot on a Sunday. From today … Continue reading

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Iapetus Ocean

Drilling to the deepest parts of the Earth as possible has led scientists to infer the Earth is about 4.6 billion years old. A period of geological time known as the Archean ( 3.5-3.4 billion years ago) has been studied … Continue reading

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