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Natural Connections

Modern life in Scotland is increasingly busy. The connections our ancestors had with nature and the land are being lost. As leisure time shrinks, or is filled with hi-tech experiences, opportunities to experience nature become fewer. And yet it is possible to connect with nature on a day to day basis. All around us, the great web of life continues to hold its shape, and nature continues its eternal cycles. Keep looking, listening, smelling, touching - and keep experiencing natural connections.

Thursday, November 15, 2018


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

It is incredibly mild for the time of year with a temperature of 10 degrees centigrade at 7a.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Marking at the dining room table all day at least allowed the occasional distraction from the birds visiting the back garden feeders. In addition to the usual Bullfinches and Chaffinches, a single Goldfinch was the first I'd seen in the garden since moving here. Later, a walk along the river produced a Kingfisher speeding under the Rosshall Academy footbridge.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Noticed yesterday that the Himalayan Balsam which dominates the local riverbanks all summer has almost completely vanished since the recent frosts.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Four Bullfinches were on the feeders today when a Greater Spotted woodpecker paid a brief visit.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

A Raven was calling from the top of the telecommunications mast in south Cardonald this morning, Later, the garden Maples in the west end of Glasgow were at peak scarlet.

Friday, November 09, 2018

A Raven was perched on the very top of Coats' Memorial Church for most of the morning.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

A walk through Greenock Cemetery this lunchtime produced a flock of around ten Long-tailed Tits as well as pile of fresh Rabbit droppings.