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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, January 14, 2012


Spent a very pleasant day in and around Linlithgow. A walk around the loch produced plenty of birds including a high count of 28 Cormorants, a single Goosander at the west end (my first there), the regular Shelduck unusually down at the east end, the recently-reported Wood Duck, but no sign of the female Smew. The Chaffinch flock in fields to the north east contained two Reed Buntings and a Siskin. Meanwhile, there were four Dippers and six Goosanders along a two kilometre stretch of the Avon from Linlithgow Bridge to the Union Canal Viaduct.


Above and below: Wood Duck, Linlithgow Loch

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