Author Archives: kirstinmair

Notes from Patrol

It is World Ranger day today. Today I stand with the world’s rangers. World Ranger Day is celebrated to commemorate Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and to celebrate the work Rangers do to protect the world’s natural … Continue reading

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Post Lock-down Crowds

We welcome everyone to Muir of Dinnet – but last weekend we could only patrol, engage where we could and watch as we were inundated with day trippers and campers on an unprecedented scale. With sheer numbers came, in some instances, … Continue reading

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Embracing the New Normal

Yesterday we were allowed to resume on site at Muir of Dinnet for the first time since lockdown began. Woohoooo! We learnt the good news on Wednesday late afternoon after spending a tense day with everything crossed. To say it … Continue reading

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The Little Things that run the World – the other 97%

When I started out as a ranger I think I was made to run more mini-beast hunts than anything else. From nursery to early teens I began to realise that this is one of the best ways children can begin … Continue reading

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The Biological Imperative

Right now the natural world has just one thing on its collective mind – to breed and to see itself perpetuated. You can see this in wispy dandelion seeds floating in the wind, the clouds of flower and tree pollen … Continue reading

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Meeting the natives – camera trapping in your back garden

Hello everyone. My name is Kirstin and I am the Reserve Assistant for Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve, nestled in the North East of the Cairngorm’s National Park. I am quite simply obsessed with spying on wildlife! I am … Continue reading

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An Ode to Spring

Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;And ’tis my faith that every flowerEnjoys the air it breathes. The birds around me hopped and played,Their thoughts I cannot measure:—But the least motion which they madeIt seemed a … Continue reading

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From Farm to Fork – Lets hear it for these front-line workers

Living through lock down in rural Angus near the East coast of Scotland has given me time to look around and observe (for the first time I am ashamed to admit) the outstanding contribution that farmers across Scotland are making … Continue reading

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Coming Full Circle

I arrived with the rain and I am leaving with the rain . This weekend is my final weekend here at Muir of Dinnet this year so Catriona has kindly allowed me to write a farewell blog. The highlights of … Continue reading

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Collaboration and Celebrating Diversity through Adventure

I would like to dedicate today’s blog to the issue of encouraging access for everyone – no matter what background, age or ability – to our glorious countryside as championed by the social enterprise organisation backbone in a really innovative … Continue reading

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