Articles tagged with: wildlife

Basin Fishing

Basin Fishing

I realised after my last post that you might have been wondering why Maxi had taken a plastic washing up basin with her on our walk around the burn and the woods. Well, it’s because we discovered on a recent walk that a light-coloured basin was much better for observing water-creatures than a fishing net, both in terms of not disturbing the creatures, as well as speed, ease and visibility:

Hawk In the Station

Hawk In the Station

I have never seen this but recently on the way home from a holiday at the railway station we saw a man with a hawk on his arm. The next thing it flew off and sat above the departure board, then back to the man again swooping low over the people walking back and forth for their train.

Flamingos and Rainbow Rocks of Braewick

Flamingos and Rainbow Rocks of Braewick

I was telling you about our week in Shetland in the summer and had got up to our second to last day. That was the day we decided to head north. It had nothing to do with our mission to try out allegedly the best fish and chips in the whole of Scotland and everything to do with the lure of pink sand. Or was it the other way round..?

Not Going Out

Not Going Out

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Jon and I have been spending weekends outdoors with the minxes for 11 years now. You’d think that by now the girls would be quite accustomed to spending all day outside, going on long walks, exploring and having adventures. You would, wouldn’t you? Alas no. We generally spend our weekends trying hard to persuade 3 girls to set foot outside for ‘just a few minutes’ when they’d much rather loaf around reading. Then arguing with them. Then ordering them outdoors. I hang my head in shame, but I’m sure I’m not alone.

Starling Spectacular

Starling Spectacular

Across the length and breadth of the UK, between October and March, you have the chance to see what is surely one of nature’s most magnificent sights: a ‘murmuration’ of starlings. Tens, or perhaps even hundreds of thousands of birds, all swooping and diving and looping across the dusk sky before settling down to roost for the night.

Far-Flung Places (Part 1): The Northern Isles

Far-Flung Places (Part 1): The Northern Isles

We love far-flung places. I’m sure you do too, or you probably wouldn’t be reading this. Defining a ‘far-flung place’ can be difficult, as it can be as much about an idea as it is about geography, but one place that we could probably all agree on would be the finger-shaped peninsular of Hermaness in the north of Unst, which is itself the most northerly of the Shetland Islands.

West Shetland Island Hopping

West Shetland Island Hopping

Intrigued by the bridge we’d seen south of Scalloway, we decided to explore what was on the other side. I drove, Jon wrestled with the OS map, while the minxes pointed out places to abandon the car to go out and explore. Like on the Shetland Mainland, we had to stop every mile or so to gawp at the beauty around us and get out and explore properly every 10 minutes or so.

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