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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.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Impressions of Strathspey in June (from last weekend):
It's more colourful, with the yellow flowers of Broom particularly noticeable.
It's more noisy with the sounds of squeaks and chatters coming from young birds but also with lots of song (most noticeably from Chaffinch, Willow Warbler, Song Thrush and Blackbird).
It's a great time to see birds in the pine forest (with Crested Tit and Crossbill both very evident).
It's a great time to build up a good bird list (with 60 species seen, compared to day-totals as low as 20 in winter).
It's biodiverse, with lots of insects on show plus mammals consisting of Red Squirrel, Red Deer, Roe Deer and Rabbit.
It can be quite inclement, with constant drizzle this week.
It's still mostly devoid of human life (away from the main centres) with virtually no-one seen through the forest, along the Tulloch Mhor road and down the anglers' path.

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