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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, May 11, 2019

A marked improvement in the weather meant an afternoon down the Clyde coast seemed a good idea. Several species were showing signs of breeding behaviour: three Jackdaws were mobbing a Carrion Crow which got too close to their Shore Street, Gourock chimney pot, a male Pied Wagtail was displaying to a female with exaggerated bowing movements in a muddy field corner at Lunderston Bay and a female House Sparrow was soliciting to two males on a wall behind Gourock shops. Some good local birds included a Wheatear (presumably  a migrant), nine Sandwich Terns, a Linnet and a pair of Ringed Plovers (all in Lunderston Bay). Twelve Gannets were feeding out in the bay (with a single off Kempock Point).  Flowering plants consisted of: Birds-foot Trefoil; Bluebell; a Buttercup species; Comfry; Common Scurvey-grass; Cuckoo Flower; Daisy; a Dandelion species; Gorse; Marsh Marigold; a Plantain species; Red Campion; a Speedwell species; Thrift; an Umbellifer species; a Vetch species and Wild Garlic.

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