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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.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Highlight of a walk around South Cardonald this afternoon was a Chiffchaff calling near Rosshall Park and a Moorhen on the river beside the Cardonald Place Farm footbridge. The Himalayan Balsam (Impatients glandulifera) which has blanketed virtually every open space continues to attract a host of invertebrate life including numerous hoverflies and a big Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum).

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The occupiers of one of the houses on which the local House Martins have been nesting had contractors painting the outside of the house today. I really hope the final broods got way in time. Might explain why the birds appear to have left the area.
Better news came from Edinburgh where a small Ragwort plant on Arthur's Seat held a single Cinnabar moth (Tyria jacobaeae) caterpillar - my first of the year after inspecting what must have added up to thousands of similar plants from Luton to Buckie. Lots of good plants about including a clump of Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber) growing out of Samson's Ribs...

Friday, August 26, 2016

No House Martins around South Cardonald today.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Twenty six Greylag Geese were flighting up from the Clyde as I drove down to Greenock around 06:45. In Greenock, two Grey Wagtails were on the rooftops along Nelson Street.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Two House Martins were still in Cardonald this evening. Another two were beside the Clyde at Govan with two Swallows also there. A Common Sandpiper was a surprise on a rock in one of the abandoned ship docks. Also, a Sparrowhawk with prey drifted just a few feet above my head at the tiny park next to the Govan "plazza". The "prey" was a finch or tit which it was carrying head-first like an Osprey carrying a fish.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Tawny Owl which was in the woods next to the house last week was calling again about 11pm today.

Monday, August 22, 2016

A Cormorant was along the river this evening. As dusk fell, eight House Martins circled high above the colony on Cardonald Gardens.