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 β€˜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,…