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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, December 28, 2012

As happened yesterday, a very early start to the working day meant there were still a few hours of "daylight" left at the end of the day. Decided to hitch a lift with the family to IKEA, then try to find some birds between there and Renfrew Ferry. "New" birds in the first tetrad visited (NS56I, "Clyde at Braehead") were Pied Wagtail, Shag, Common Gull and Great black-backed Gull. These four species increased the tetrad total from 37 to 41 species.
The path along to Renfrew Ferry briefly crossed the corner of a second tetrad (NS56D, "Clyde at Xscape") where the only addition to the 40 species aleady on the tetrad's winter list was Cormorant. The final tetrad checked (NS56E, "Renfrew Ferry") produced several locally interesting species including Mute Swan and Grey Wagtail. However the only addition (which took the tetrad list to 35 species) was Goldfinch.

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