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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, January 19, 2017


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A walk just before dusk this evening produced around 30 Jackdaws noisly gathering in a tree next to Cardonald Parish Church on the way to roost.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A meandering walk around my home 1km square this morning produced a good total of 32 species with the highlights being Kingfisher, Stock Dove and Nuthatch.


Monday, January 16, 2017

The usual walk along the river was notable today for a Mistle Thrush singing strongly from a bare tree in Rosshall Park and (for the fourth day this week) a small party of Siskins.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A walk through Cardonald and along the river as far as Bonnyholm Bridge produced a big flock of Long-tailed Tits (at least 12) near the Mill Hill complex, a big flock of Goldfinches (at least 10) nearby, a pair of Pied Wagtails together at Mosspark Railway Station (and Jackdaws inspecting chimneys there) and a Grey Wagtail and Cormorant on the river immediately behind the house.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Managed a longer walk today, up through Leverndale Hospital, down through Bull Wood and along the river as far as Hawkhead Woodland. The weather was a little milder than of late, although some sheltered stretches of the path still held some snow. Notable sightings included three Goosanders near Cairnhill, 150 mixed corvids on staubble near there and a flock of 20+ Goldfinches buzzing and twittering in treetops near the Leverndale northeast gate. At home, two male Bullfinches were feeding in the Hawthorn hedge and a Raven flew over.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Walked home from the doctor's this morning. The temperature was still low and the pavements were icy and really quite treacherous. A Red Fox was down by the river behind the estate and had attracted quite an escort of Mallards. Interestingly, the local Little Grebe had joined the flotilla. Bullfinch was probably the bird of the day with six birds between two sites.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A short walk along the river produced a single Siskin and an overflying Cormorant.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A short walk in very stormy conditions produced only seven species.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The usual walk along the river produced a Moorhen (on Rosshall Park pond) and a Cormorant flying overhead.

Monday, January 09, 2017

A short walk along the river produced a Grey Heron near Bonnyholm Bridge and a single Redwing (a few of the latter are still bout, but numbers are low and Fieldfares appear to be absent).

Sunday, January 08, 2017


Saturday, January 07 2017


Friday, January 06, 2017