For most of July, I was on holiday on the West of Scotland where, during my stay, I visited one particular island twice. This was Eigg, one of the Inner Hebrides, and an island with a remarkable story. Eigg, having been passed through successive landowners since the 12th century, suffered notorious mismanagement in the 1980s … Continue reading Edward Grierson: The Importance of Community-Owned Land
Having enjoyed a rather wonderful tour with UK Wildlife Safaris last year - on which I was lucky enough to observe myriad species ranging from Pine Martens and Badgers to Bottlenose Dolphins - I thought I would draw attention to their business on this blog. Just in case any of my regular blog readers fancy … Continue reading Spotlight: UK Wildlife Safaris
Well, it is over, and as another Highland summer draws to a close, I am now forced to depart the hills and head home, to sunny Northumberland. To a waiting Masters degree and landscape dominated by urbanisation, as opposed to sprawling mountains and bogs. Spending a second summer working in the Scottish uplands has been … Continue reading Another sensational Summer draws to a close
Yesterday marked my birthday, my 23rd to be precise, an event that, in all honesty, would usually have been defined by copious amounts of alcohol and the bright lights of Newcastle. This year, however, that was far from the case. And instead of celebrating in typical "young" person fashion, I choose to do something a … Continue reading A Truly ‘Wild’ Birthday
Almost a fortnight past, Dartmoor Zoo was the location of a daring escape. One centred on Flaviu, a male Carpathian Lynx, and his successful break for freedom. Slipping off the shackles of his captivity mere hours after being transferred to the zoo from Kent and quickly melting away into the Devon countryside where he remains … Continue reading Flaviu – An Inadvertent Pioneer?
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 … Continue reading Scotland so far, in pictures..