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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.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Busy day yesterday, so the natural connections had to be squeezed in somewhere. Managed to stop at Strathclyde Country Park briefly in the morning, to find dozens of Sand Martins (my first of the year) feeding frantically over the loch. Also there, a displaying Great crested Grebe.
Driving through to Edinburgh in the afternoon, noticed a single Kestrel, and later, swathes of Cowslips on the grassy banks around Hermiston Gait. Drove past Arthur's Seat, with only distant views of the nesting Fulmars. Must try to take a closer look next time I'm through.


At 1:07 am, Blogger Kate said...

how do you know the names of everything? do you carry around those little guide books or do you know them all by heart?

At 4:31 pm, Blogger wellchoughed said...

Hi Kate,
I don't know the names of everything I see, but I've been watching birds all my life, so I know most of them. As for the plants, I try to learn a new one every time I go out. When I see something new, I come home and look it up. Then each time I see it again, I try to remember what it was.
A good idea is to start looking at the end of winter, when there isn't much about (birds or plants). Then try to identify new things as they appear. Usually its the Snowdrops first, then the Daffodils and so on. As for the birds, Robins sing all winter, but the others start at different times, and the summer visitors arrive at different times too. The trick is to notice what's new.
As the years go by, you get used to the order things appear, and start to look out for what you expect to see next. Its a really nice feeling when you find what you are expecting (although the surprises are nice too!).
Best wishes
Stuart (wellchoughed) [Lewis' dad].

At 7:21 pm, Blogger Kate said...

thanks for the advice! i'm going to try it.



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