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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, September 16, 2009


Yesterday's drizzle had subsided by nightfall, and the night itself was still and peaceful, but for the calls of the night birds (Tawnies?). First thing, two Collared Doves were fussing on a house roof in Nethybridge. The journey south, therafter, was notable for blue skies and lots of raptors (eleven Buzzards, three Kestrels and a single Red Kite). Other sightings, mostly glimpsed on the move, included Goldeneye at Loch Insh and Roe Deer plus clouds of Swallows at Insh Marshes. Back home, a Great spotted Woodpecker was "peeping" in the glade.

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