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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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    I took a walk along a section of the Fife Coastal Path earlier this week, between Kingsbarns and Crail.  There was a profusion of field scabious and bird’s-foot trefoil at one location and there was a profusion of burnet moths to match.
At first I was delighted that I’d merely seen one specimen, but we quickly noticed dozens more in the vicinity.  Wonderful flashes of colour on the coast, and a nice reminder that moths come in all shapes, sizes and colours.
Also a reminder of the pivotal role these wee creatures play in the wildflower world.  Just look at the pollen on its underside!

    I took a walk along a section of the Fife Coastal Path earlier this week, between Kingsbarns and Crail.  There was a profusion of field scabious and bird’s-foot trefoil at one location and there was a profusion of burnet moths to match.

    At first I was delighted that I’d merely seen one specimen, but we quickly noticed dozens more in the vicinity.  Wonderful flashes of colour on the coast, and a nice reminder that moths come in all shapes, sizes and colours.

    Also a reminder of the pivotal role these wee creatures play in the wildflower world.  Just look at the pollen on its underside!

    Tags animals wildlife insects burnet moth moths Fife Kingsbarns Crail

    Reblogged from Wildfife.com 

    Forget midges, ticks and cleggs.  The BIG annoyance this summer is the horrid plague of flies buzzing around my head and in my ears everywhere I go.  Just look at this lot.  Every time I turn around…..they’re there, massing on surfaces, marching or flying towards me.  Aaarrgghh!

    Forget midges, ticks and cleggs.  The BIG annoyance this summer is the horrid plague of flies buzzing around my head and in my ears everywhere I go.  Just look at this lot.  Every time I turn around…..they’re there, massing on surfaces, marching or flying towards me.  Aaarrgghh!

    Tags Scotland West Lothian flies wildlife insects

    Earlier this week I went for a stroll along a section of the Fife Coastal Path between Kingsbarns and Crail.
I obeyed the sign……but look what I found on the beach! Obviously I didn’t touch it, just in case…..

    Earlier this week I went for a stroll along a section of the Fife Coastal Path between Kingsbarns and Crail.

    I obeyed the sign……but look what I found on the beach! Obviously I didn’t touch it, just in case…..

    Tags Fife lol golf sport Fife Coastal Path

    As much as I moan about the summer with its insects and rain and humidity, I do love that we live in a country with four distinct seasons.
Well…..most years we get four seasons.  Some years we just get October all year round.  Welcome to Scotland :)
PS - all piccies taken in & around Fife.

    As much as I moan about the summer with its insects and rain and humidity, I do love that we live in a country with four distinct seasons.

    Well…..most years we get four seasons.  Some years we just get October all year round.  Welcome to Scotland :)

    PS - all piccies taken in & around Fife.

    Tags Spring summer autumn fall winter seasons weather

    New Walkhighlands article: In search of the perfect puffin

    "In 30 or so years of trying to see puffins up close, the only ones I’d ever seen were tiny wee things whizzing past the Small Isles ferry with their wings flapping like their lives depended on it. The photos I took were woeful. Blurred black specks set against a rolling sea.

    They certainly weren’t the puffin photos I’d always imagined myself taking. I know it’s a cliché and I know it’s predictable but I’d always wanted THAT photo. The photo that EVERYONE tries to get when they head out to a puffin colony.

    A close-up of a puffin, orange beak blazing, clutching a beakful of sand eels. The perfect puffin.”

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

    Tags animals nature puffin isle of may walkhighlands