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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.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Another beautiful day meant a trip to Culzean Country Park and a whole day of blue skies and sunshine. The gardens looked lovely with lots of Rhododendrons and cherry trees in flower. Birds in song included Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs and a single Willow Warbler. Also notable were Fulmars and Jackdaws nesting on the cliffs, two occupied Grey Heron nests at Swinston Ponds, a Lesser black backed Gull with extensive white "piano keys" in both wings, at least two Small Tortoiseshell butterflies on the wing and two Nuthatches in Happy Valley.
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This evening, three small bats were hunting under the Queen Margaret Drive bridge before dusk (104 species in 2010).

In other news, the latest cover art from the new naturalists series has been released (see below).
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