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..
In keeping with the spirit of the #30DaysWild campaign, a few days past I opted to do something a little wild. Utilising my last free day on Islay I set out on a butterfly hunt, hoping to catch up with as many species as possible, common and scarce alike. Well, to say the mini-expedition was … Continue reading West Coast Butterfly Bonanza
I'm not quite sure why but the Birch woods of Scotland truly captivate me, more so than any other woodland type I frequently visit. Spruce plantation (shudders), Beech and Oak woodland, even the famed Caledonian Pine forests; in my opinion nothing comes close to these gnarled expanses of Birch. Scotland's most prevalent woodland type; dominating areas … Continue reading Birch Woodland; always a pleasure