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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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    New Walkhighlands article: A guide to Scottish heathers

    "If you’ve been out in the hills lately you’ll hopefully have noticed shades of purple and pink standing out against the otherwise green landscape. Certainly that’s been my experience on two recent walks, one up Beinn a’ Bhuird via The Sneck in the Cairngorms and one along Loch Turret in Perthshire.

    The different shades I saw on those walks are the ones that accompany summer’s inevitable slide towards autumn, as the heathers burst into flower.”

    Click on the link for my latest Nature column for Walkhighlands.

    Tags hillwalking hiking wildflowers Cairngorms Highlands Walkhighlands Perthshire heather

    Heather in the Lomond Hills on a lovely warm evening last week.  With torrential rain, 12C and the log fire lit for the first time since April it really does feel like summer has left these shores now though.

    Heather in the Lomond Hills on a lovely warm evening last week.  With torrential rain, 12C and the log fire lit for the first time since April it really does feel like summer has left these shores now though.

    Tags heather Lomond Hills photography Fife

    Mouse rescue at Almondell

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    Whenever you move something that’s been in situ on the ground for a a wee while, you need to be careful you’re not causing undue disturbance to creatures that have set up home underneath it.

    Usually that’s limited to all manner of worms, beetles, centipedes and millipedes and the occasional amphibian, all of which are able to move home relatively easily.  At the first hint of daylight striking their former home they scurry off into the nearest shadows and into safety, while the worms start burrowing down into the damp soil.

    Occasionally though, you find something else.  Something that can’t move home quite as easily.

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    Tags wildlife animals wood mouse mice Almondell West Lothian

    Reblogged from Wildfife.com 

    Overnight Survival Skills for 13 kids last night.  I think I must have stared at this fire for ten hours straight without going to sleep.  Oddly meditative.

    Gawd I’m tired!

    Tags fire campfire camping

    Keep Rannoch Wild - objection to Talladh - a -Bheithe wind farm

    You may or may not have heard about the application for 24 giant wind turbines to be constructed on the fringes of Rannoch Moor, between lochs Rannoch and Ericht.

    The development would be a stone’s throw from Ben Alder, just across Loch Ericht and would be visible from across the great moor of Rannoch.  This is what is at stake, which I photographed from Beinn Bheoil, Ben Alder’s neighbour only last month:

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    As inappropriate a siting for an industrial development as you could possibly imagine, and for many of us it is a nightmare scenario in terms of natural heritage and wild land.

    As you might expect there’s been a flurry of very public objections shared within hillwalking and conservation circles, and in line with that I thought I’d publish the objection I’ve just this minute sent through.

    I’ve left mine to the very last minute as the deadline for responses is 5th August.  But if you have the time and want to object, go to Keep Rannoch Wild for info.  You don’t have to write nearly as much as I did!  I tried to keep it short and objective but it’s hard to do so about somewhere so iconic.

    Energy Consents and Deployment Unit
    Scottish Government
    4th Floor
    5 Atlantic Quay
    150 Broomielaw
    Glasgow
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    Application for the proposed Talladh - a - Bheithe Wind Farm - Objection

    Dear Sir or Madam….

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    Tags Rannoch Keep Rannoch Wild Rannoch Moor Wind farm wind power windfarm energy highlands news

    I did shelter building today for a kids’ birthday party.  I told them, “use anything you find, provided it’s dead and not green”.  They found a hay bale and thus constructed the best shelter ever! :)

    I did shelter building today for a kids’ birthday party.  I told them, “use anything you find, provided it’s dead and not green”.  They found a hay bale and thus constructed the best shelter ever! :)

    Tags shelter building West Lothian Almondell