Wildlife

Long-tailed Tits (Aegithalos caudatus)

4 Jan , 2018  

Long-tailed Tits Aegithalos caudatus on branch looking left

Long-tailed Tits are not really tits at all. And not a lot of people know that. It is an entirely different family, Aegithalidae from the other three species Blue, Great and Coal Tit we find in our gardens. Which are all members of the Paridae family. The Long-tailed Tit is very closely related to the babbler family […]

News, Wildlife

The Scottish Tiger – needs your help

13 Dec , 2017  

The Scottish Wildcat gets its nickname, Scottish Tiger from its stripy flank markings similar to its big cat cousin. This iconic, rare and illusive species has been pushed to make a last stand here in the Highlands. It could be here in the wilds of Scotland that Wildcats go extinct from Britain. Although classed as […]

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Update, Wildlife

Trail Camera Compilations

15 Nov , 2017  

Still frame from Trail Camera compilation video 2017

Our new video is out today, a compilation of footage taken from our trail cam over the last year. During the year we’ve had many visitors to our wood and we thought we would share with you what we have seen. Our most recent visitor has been a Pine Marten, who appeared on the lawn […]

Opinion

Reconnecting adults with nature

31 Oct , 2017  

6 pictures of birds and trees

There has been a lot of articles about reconnecting children and young people with “nature” and the outdoors; but, what about adults? In a recent survey of 2,000 adults, half couldn’t identify a house sparrow, a quarter didn’t know a blue tit or a starling, and a fifth thought a red kite wasn’t a bird. […]

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Opinion

Quotations

29 Sep , 2017  

It’s Friday so we thought we would try and be intellectual, here are a few of our favourite quotations   “Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.” -Chief Seattle   “I like animals. I like natural history. The travel bit is not the important bit. The travel bit is what you have to do in […]

Opinion

Tea break

8 Sep , 2017  

Sitting in the garden having a tea break, with birds chattering away in the trees, flying over our heads to get to the hanging feeders, made me think how wonderful the small things in life are. To sit soaking up the sunshine watching the birds, listening to the sounds of nature all round. The small […]

Opinion

Autumn on the doorstep

25 Aug , 2017  

Red Rowan berries

With eight days left of August 2017, perhaps, it’s too soon to be thinking of autumn. But all around us, we’re seeing clear signs of the changing season. Autumn; starts early here in the highlands of Scotland. This year, with its untypical weather patterns, the changes are happening particularly early. All around us are indications […]

Update, Wildlife

Voila, Woodpeckers

21 Aug , 2017  

Great spotted woodpecker

On our last video blog we showed you how we made our photography log. A quick update; it has been very successful in getting the Woodpeckers to perch and feed. The young Woodpeckers who regular feed on the peanut feeders, ventured on to the log. And voila, we got him feeding. Not sure if it […]

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How To, Update, Wildlife

Building a bird feeding station

14 Aug , 2017  

Building a bird feeding station

We have just released another video blog, on You Tube. In this episode, we’re talking about building a bird feeding station for photographing birds. Using a tree trunk held upright in a Christmas tree holder to provide a perch to photograph the birds. Next; we drill holes into the trunk. Then fill the holes with […]

News, Update, Wildlife

One year on

28 Jul , 2017  

Clouds in blue sky

A brief look at the calendar the other day, and oh gosh we are at the end of July. What have we been up to? Let’s see. We have been spending time checking out locations in the local vicinity for photo opportunities and possible tour destinations. Tours, I hear you say. Yes, we’re developing plans […]