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A Spotlight on Himalayan Balsam

Of all the wildflowers I enjoyed as a child, Himalayan Balsam is one of the most memorable. Mainly because, in my youth, popping the little green grenades produced by the plant when it goes to seed, was once the most exciting feature of my woodland walks in late summer, when the pods come to fruition. Popping the…

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Scotland so far, in pictures..

With little time to blog about my Scotland experience so far this year I thought I would let my pictures do the talking, for once. Below is only a small selection of the natural wonders observed so far this season, omitting many other special sights: Hen Harrier, Merlin, Golden Eagle and the like, all of…

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Reblog: Reflecting on Community and Environmental Change

Ben Eagle knocks the ball out of the park once again with yet another fantastic post. This time reflecting on community and environmental change. As someone who has only just started to look into the history (as well as the natural history) of my favourite places, this definitely struck a chord with me. Give it…

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EU Referendum – Some thoughts.

By now, you will all have now heard that “we” have voted to abandon the European Union. That we, the British populace, have opted to leap into the dark, choosing to abandon reason entirely and thus allying ourselves with the likes of Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson – men boasting the foresight and moral integrity of…

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Dragons, Damsels and Dainty Things

It has been a few days since this years ‘30 Days Wild’ campaign launched and despite not being able to write, tweet and waffle about it as much as I did last year – 3G up here is a nightmare – I have been busy. Over the last few days, I have dedicated an hour, each…

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Pondering the Prospects for Lowland Rewilding

Another intriguing post by Ben Eagle looking at rewilding in the often forgotten lowlands. Places over overlooked during talk of sprawling pine forests, prowling wolf packs and “unpleasant” grouse moors. Give it a read! The rewilding fraternity seems to have gathered its main focus thus far around making a case for upland landscapes as the…