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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.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

A Wren in the garden at 6pm was a site first for me. Earlier in the day, 5 Blue Tits (including 3 in juvenile plumage) hinted at a second brood (the Great Tits which fledged at the same time as the previous Blue Tit brood are now resplendent in adult plumage). On the way home from work, a short stop at the esplanade revealed possible Manx Shearwaters well offshore, but too far out to identify without the telescope. Then on the way past the airport a Sparrowhawk swept over the motorway. Later, the drive back from Glenburn, through Barrhead, revealed 6 Swallows (5 on telephone lines). Back at the glade, a Red Fox calling from the railway embankment brought a good day's connections to a close.

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