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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.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Visited Baron's Haugh this morning, hopeful of connecting with some passage waders. However the water levels were extremely high, with no mud exposed. Only a single Green Sandpiper was present, feeding around a patch of equisetum. A Water Rail was calling, unseen, from the reeds. Other good birds included family parties of Little Grebe, Coot, Moorhen and Whitethroat, a single Treecreeper, around 40 Black headed Gulls which swooped over (possibly chasing flying insects) and sound-only records of Kingfisher and Grey Heron.

This afternoon, took a walk along the Avon and around the Cadzow Oaks. These trees are thought to be 800 to 1,000 years old and give a sense of quiet respectability, especially on a calm, damp day like today.


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