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Wildlife of Africa and the links to wildlife of South America

When South America split from Africa (see previous blog) it became, for much of the past 130 million years, an island continent, and on it organisms evolved in “splendid isolation.” Mammals, especially, evolved into forms not seen anywhere else. The … Continue reading

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The Jaguar of the Americas and implications for its origins: part two

Nature dominates and rules our lives. No matter how much material wealth we may have, we cannot buy Nature and all its myriad of miracles. We do try to emulate Nature and today we call this study Biomimetics. Wikipedia re: … Continue reading

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The Jaguar of the Americas and implications for its origins: Part one 

Panthera onca is a genus within the Felidae family that was named and first described by the German naturalist Lorenz Oken in 1816. The British taxonomist Pocock revised the classification of this genus in 1916 as comprising the species lion, … Continue reading

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Destruction of the Garden

Humans thrive when nature provides them with fertile land where they feel safe and can develop skills. This was such a place, between less abundant and often hostile lands, it was a place humans would target and fight to keep … Continue reading

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Bees and Wild Flowers

The last few days of May, 2013 included a Bank Holiday. Friday through to Monday was glorious; hot sun beating down. Monday turned to rain but quenched the dry ground. I had to remove a few ticks from my dogs, … Continue reading

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Spring Equinox

In the last week of February our single snowdrop plant, bearing about 8 stems of flowers, appeared outside our room window. The nearest other snowdrops to be found are 5 miles from our cottage. They grow in abundance where the … Continue reading

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Climate Change and Tree Deaths

I was reading an article in the ScienceDaily.com dated December 2012 entitled : “As Climate Warms, Bark Beetles March On High-Elevation Forests” As Scotland has mountain slopes upon which are many pine plantations, I was naturally interested. Here I quote … 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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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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