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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, September 30, 2004

Drove to Dumfries and back today. The landscape down there is quite different from the west coast I'm used to. Lots of rolling fields, ancient-looking hedgerows and (almost) sunken lanes. It feels altogether gentler, as if things have been settled and unchanged for centuries. Commonest bird on the motorway - Rooks, some in pristine plumage (this year's young?). No Kestrels, although I did see two singles hunting along the A77 earlier in the week.
Best sighting of the day - a nice patch of Lawyer's Wig in a cow field next to the Hamilton - East Kilbride (high) road.

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