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New Moon – Muir of Dinnet NNR

“Turn your money” my folks say when there’s a crescent moon in the sky “and it’ll double itself”. I’m not sure where this comes from (and it’s never worked for me yet) but there was a lovely thin sliver of a crescent … Continue reading

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Winter Gold -Muir of Dinnet NNR

It’s been a much better week this week. The rain has finally stopped and we’ve actually seen the sun a few days in a row! It was such a relief to start seeing bonny winter sunrises again. The clear weather … Continue reading

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Nasty November – Muir of Dinnet NNR

It seems like we’ve been getting a storm a week since the start of November. And it feels like we’re paying for all those dry days in the summer with all the wet ones this month. I think this is … Continue reading

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Grey from the East -Muir of Dinnet NNR

We’ve had an easterly airflow across Scotland this week. As a birder, I’d rather have had that a month ago, in migration season, but the weather seldom does what you want. Now we do have the easterlies they have brought unremittingly … Continue reading

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Slipping into Winter – Muir of Dinnet NNR

It’s been an oddly mild week for mid- November. It’s been 15 degrees a couple of days and I’ve not needed a jacket while working. But it’s not been wall-to-wall sunshine, rather mixed rain showers and sun as the weather … Continue reading

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Shades of Grey – Muir of Dinnet NNR

Shades of Grey. No, not a dodgy book, but a fair description of the weather this week. It was Thursday until we saw the sun…or even the sky, for that matter…and that was just a brief glimmer in amongst the … Continue reading

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Frosty Finish – Muir of Dinnet NNR

It’s been a cold finish to October. We’ve had snow in October (albeit just a sprinkle) for the first time in many a year and a couple of hard frosts. Usually we don’t get such hard frosts until the trees are … Continue reading

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The Bright Fall of the Old year -Muir of Dinnet NNR

Someone once described autumn as the “bright fall of the old year” and I always thought this a lovely description of late autumn (even if I can’t remember who the quote is from…Tolkien, maybe?). The frequent gales and strong westerlies … Continue reading

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Storms and Singing Swans – Muir of Dinnet NNR

I love the autumn. I love the sense of change that’s in the air; the comings and goings of the birds, the changing colours of the trees, the wild fruit, the first nip of frost. And I think the reserve … Continue reading

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North and South – Muir of Dinnet NNR

Hello folks. Just back after a week’s holiday and straight into preparing for the Europarcs visit. Europarcs is, as the name suggests, and organisation of people working in protected areas – like NNRS or National Parks…across Europe. This year, the … Continue reading

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