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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, April 06, 2019

A Goldfinch was gathering beakfuls of grass from a lawn in Oldhall first thing. Back home, four Siskins were still in the back garden where a Vole species was scurrying around the base of the feeder pole. A walk along the river as far as the centre of Paisley produced a total of 37 species including a Cormorant flying upriver at Bonnyholm, a single singing Stock Dove, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers (both in my home square including a drumming bird), Song Thrushes at two sites (they have been scarce so far this year), singing Chiffchaffs at nine sites, a Kingfisher at one and a singing Nuthatch at one. Most unusual species was an Oystercatcher flying upriver at Hawhead Woodland. However bird of the day was Greenfinch with singing birds at five sites (I often struggle to record the species locally) including a song-flighting male over Blackhall Street, Paisley. Butterbur was flowering at two sites and Cowslip at one. 

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