Update, Wildlife

Red Squirrels in our wood in Aird

21 Apr , 2018  

Red Squirrel sitting in a Birch tree

We have just published another one of our video blogs on You Tube about the Red Squirrels that visit our woodland. We first caught sight of a Red Squirrel in our trees about 16 months ago. After a couple of glimpses, we decided the best way to attract the squirrels, to stay for longer, was […]

News, Wildlife

Woodland Friends

3 Apr , 2018  

Red Squirrel in a tree

Meet Ted, the newest addition to our band of “Woodland Friends”. We had been told that there were Red Squirrels Sciurus vulgaris locally. So in our infinite wisdom we put up a squirrel feeding box, filled it with hazelnuts and hoped for a visitor. A year on and we had no activity on the feeding […]

News

Our Week

23 Feb , 2018  

Siberian Husky in snow

Catching up on paperwork today; and waiting for Yellow Hammers to come and have their picture taken. After the snow comes the sun. Hurrah, snowdrops we planted are flowering. Badgers are visiting early in the evening so we can watch them. Three different badgers visited the other night; one new one and two of our […]

Wildlife

A time of hardship

2 Feb , 2018  

Female Blackbird Turdus merula

Winter has a firm hold. Short cold days, long winter nights, bring hardship for the residence of our countryside. Scarcity of reliable food supplies and the low temperatures of winter combine, to bring many of our birds and animals to the brink. Winter; and especially the last bit is one of the hardest times for […]

News, Update, Wildlife

A new visitor

22 Jan , 2018  

Close up still of a Pine Marten

Christmas over, decorations put away. What’s been happening with us? To our delight, we have a Pine Marten visiting, on a fairly regular basis. After feeding on the ground for the first few visits, it, and I say it; because we’re not sure if it is male or female. Anyway, he, she, it, has learnt […]

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 […]