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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, December 30, 2018

A late morning walk around Mugdock Park produced a Nuthatch feeding on the ground with a flock of Woodpigeons. Later, the loch held Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Goosander and Goldeneye.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

A walk along the river produced two flocks of Long-tailed Tits and a pair of Goosanders.

Friday, December 28, 2018


Thursday, December 27, 2018

An afternoon walk from Lomond Shores and up the side of Loch Lomond via Balloch in mild and calm conditions produced three Mandarins and numerous Moorhens on the Leven plus Goosander, Goldeneye, Tufted Duck and Great Black-backed Gull on Loch Lomond.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

A walk from Silverburn Shopping Centre (don't ask) back home produced a Grey Wagtail on the culvert through the centre, a big flock of Long-tailed Tits (10+) near St Paul's Academy and three Little Grebes (one at Lochar Park and two near the Mosspark Station footbridge).

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Finally surfaced from half a week with the flu to find the garden full of birds including nine Goldfinches and eight Blue Tits.

Monday, December 17, 2018

A Wren was singing in the darkness at Greenock West Station first thing. In the middle of the day, an Eider and two Oystercatchers were at the east end of the Esplanade. A Raven was calling somewhere near Hillington West station at dusk.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Plenty of Redwings in south Cardonald today, feeding on berry bushes.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Notable sightings in a snowy Cardonald today were two Little Grebes fishing together and the first garden Greenfinch for as long as I can remember.

Friday, December 14, 2018

A lovely morning in the grounds of Scone Palace found lots of Nuthatch activity but no sign of any Hawfinches.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

A long walk beside the Tay north of Perth city centre produced some good birds including Jay, Kingfisher and Greenfinch.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

A record five Collared Doves were in the garden today.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Used up an annual leave day today to do some business in Largs, The Clyde was very calm which meant ideal conditions for watching feeding Red-breasted Merganser, Shag and Eider. Two Rock Pipits and a Pied Wagtail were feeding along the sea wall.

Monday, December 03, 2018

Two Nuthatches were calling in Greenock Cemetery this lunchtime. Relocated the area of cemetery wall where Rustyback grows in profusion. Really noticeable that the plants are only growing on the section of wall which gets the winter sun through a gap between two houses. Adjacent sections which are in the shade of the buildings have just the usual Maidenhair Spleenwort and Wall Rue.