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Velvet Ducks and a symphony of colour

This week Loch Davan has entertained a very unexpected visitor. On Wednesday – a female Velvet Scoter appeared. Known as a sea duck we believe she must have been blown off course by the strong winds on Tuesday night. She … Continue reading

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A natural tableau and a stroll at Dawn

The dictionary defines a tableau as “ a striking or artistic grouping” from the French tableau vivant (meaning literally, living picture). National Nature Reserves across Scotland have excitingly been asked to forage natural items to represent our reserves and various biomes as … Continue reading

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Looking with fresh eyes

Writing this on a driech, rainy autumn day seven months into a busy season its quite easy to feel a little bit tired of having to react to the reserves’ day to day needs -patrolling, litter picking, strimming, engaging and … Continue reading

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Sultry Silences

This week we have experienced some bizarre weather on the reserve with some extreme heat and lingering humidity. Wednesday saw the hottest September day in Scotland in106 years and out on the ground it was pretty uncomfortable, with a temperature … Continue reading

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Autumn’s blaze

Autumn is gathering pace here at Muir of Dinnet, with the reserve changing from day to day. What a spectacular season it is and what a captivating time to visit as the woodland moves towards deep goldens and reds. Here … Continue reading

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A Bonnie Heather-land

August brings a riot of colour to the hillsides of Scotland as the heather begins to flower, creating a uniquely charming landscape. The bleakness of our heathland is suddenly transformed with the autumnal embellishment of their blossoming purple Heather. Heather is … Continue reading

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A glimpse of Autumn

This week we have had the first glimpse of the changing of the guard with some of the first signs of the autumn. The most obvious sign is our reserve is bearing fruit – with our Rowan trees erupting into … Continue reading

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Taking the Pulse of Nature

One fabulous benefit to the frankly ferocious heat we have been experiencing this week is that it is the optimum conditions for our butterflies. Right now Butterfly Conservation are asking asking for as many people as possible to take part … Continue reading

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A Rich and varied Tapestry

As we enjoy the height of summer and biological productivity is at its peak in the reserve it is an opportunity to take a good look at how our wildlife are faring – has it been a good year? We … Continue reading

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Stately towers of Purple and the scent of roses

Foxgloves are a really important source of pollen for bees. The species has evolved to be especially attractive to long-tongued bees such as the common carder bee. The brightly coloured flowers and dark spotted lip attracts the bee, while the … Continue reading

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