Tag Archives: wildlife

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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