A year in fieldwork

It seems like an awful long time ago since I last wrote a blog. In fact, it was an awful long time ago. My last post was dated June 2017, and that one even started with an apology for being 7 months late with it. Well, another eight months later and here we are! I…

An ode to Autumn

As Autumn draws to a close and the darkness of Winter sets in, I wanted to write a little post in praise of the former. A lot of people dislike Autumn; for the cold, the rain, the biting wind that makes your cheeks sting. Others just hate to see the end of Summer (whatever ‘Summer’…

On the search for birds of prey: a West Coast Adventure

There is nothing more breath-taking than the sight of a bird of prey soaring over its natural environment. Especially in Scotland; its rugged landscape, from sea cliffs to rolling hills, providing the perfectly dramatic backdrop to the elegant flight of such a charismatic creature. With not even the merest suggestion of a flap, a bird…

Nature is finding a new home

Just over a month ago, the dreaded ‘F’ word hit North East Scotland: floods. Just following Christmas, the rain came in droves and brought destruction with it; roads were washed away, houses crumbled, trees were felled in the accompanying wind and puddles morphed into flowing rivers that carried cars with them. For a short time,…