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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, August 13, 2011





Spent a damp afternoon walking around Longhaugh Point. The fields there held nearly 200 each of Greylag and Canada Geese. Four Grey Herons and some assorted common ducks were also present. Down on the shore, a few Whimbrel were among the commoner waders and a Sedge Warbler was flushed from reeds. Walking back to the car, a striking black and white bird turned out to be a juvenile Carrion Crow with almost completely white primaries.
This evening, a domestic run to Linwood produced two Grey Herons on floods near the old schoolhouse. This area used to be great for autumn Ruffs but the main flood has been partially drained and overgrown for the last 20 years.


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