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The environment, Nature and beauty from a Scottish perspective.

Knowledge is power......but beyond that I don't have a particular agenda to push here. I don't necessarily have answers to the questions our environment is demanding of us.....but I do have the desire to get more people talking about environmental issues even if we don't all see eye to eye.

Problems are unlikely to be addressed let alone resolved unless folk know what is going on around them. And to that end, information & debate are ultimately better than ignorance or sticking our heads in the sand.

PLUS....it's a beautiful, awe-inspiring and sometimes terrifying planet. Put some time aside to marvel at it.

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    Grasshoppers…. erm…. ‘doing it’

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    When I’m out & about in the Lomond Hills I *always* have my camera with me because you never know what you’re going to encounter.  And sometimes, you find the weirdest things.

    The other week, while I was out on a walk, I heard some loud ‘stridulation’….which is the technical term for what grasshoppers do when they rub their legs on their wings.

    Despite broadcasting their locations grasshoppers are quite difficult to locate in long grass because….well…..they tend to be the same colour as the grass.  When I honed in on the sound…..this is what I found:

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    Tags grasshoppers wildlife animals insects Fife

    Reblogged from Wildfife.com 

    Chinese lantern in an ancient woodland Disposable BBQ and burnt grass Boozing in the Country Parks

    Just some of the modern disposable rubbish left in West Lothian’s Country Parks this week. 

    I found the chinese lantern slap bang in the middle of Calderwood, West Lothian’s largest remaining stand of ancient woodland.  Quite sobering really given how dry it has been this summer.

    The disposable BBQs are a real problem in our parks these days.  People seem to think ‘disposable’ means you can relinquish all responsibility for it once you’ve eaten your food.  They’re simply left in situ for us to clear up, during which time the grass below and around them dies. 

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    Stop releasing chinese lanterns and helium balloons, people!

    Tags West Lothian litter pollution disposable BBQs chinese lanterns

    One of the best things about having a job in the great outdoors.  Fast food :)

    One of the best things about having a job in the great outdoors.  Fast food :)

    Bye bye summer….HELLO AUTUMN! Yep, for weather nerds like me the 1st September is the first day of the meteorological autumn. I think we all know what happens next, don’t we?

    Bye bye summer….HELLO AUTUMN! Yep, for weather nerds like me the 1st September is the first day of the meteorological autumn. I think we all know what happens next, don’t we?

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    Great wee hills - Ben A’an

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    Normally, on my days off, I’d be choosing routes and hills that steer clear of well known honeypots.  Not because I’m a surly grouch on the hill necessarily (no, really!), but more because I like to soak up that wonderful feeling you get from big, empty open spaces.  Being alone in the hills gives you a wonderful sense of self.

    Whether it’s Ben Nevis, East Lomond or Arthur’s Seat, I’ll always climb down a rocky ledge or remove myself over a small rise to find my own little quiet place to sit and take it all in.

    And yet, earlier this week I found myself sitting on the summit of one of Scotland’s most popular hills for well over an hour, while a procession of visitors appeared and disappeared around me.

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    Tags Trossachs hillwalking hiking Ben A'an Stirling hills mountains Loch Katrine SS Sir Walter Scott