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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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Blooming Summer – Muir of Dinnet NNR

It’s the height of blooming summer. And no, we’re not just saying that for the hay fever sufferers, who will be struggling with the grass right now. This cock’s foot grass was visibly shedding pollen as you brushed past 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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Summer? What Summer? – Muir of Dinnet NNR

Summer? What summer? No, that’s not a reflection on the weather, even though it’s blowing a northerly gale as I write this. It’s just that, for a great many creatures, there’s no such thing as ‘summer’ ….the year segues seamlessly … 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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Migration Magic – Muir of Dinnet NNR

Hello folks, how are you getting on under lockdown? While there are some aspects of it I enjoy (having time to have hobbies, unlike normal), it has brought home to me that I am not cut out for a desk … 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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Scale-Winged Wonders – Muir of Dinnet NNR

This week’s guest blog comes from Helen Rowe and explores the winged wonders that are our native butterflies and moths. As well as being Aberdeenshire Council Countryside Ranger for the Marr area, Helen is a keen Lepidopterist (studies butterflies and … Continue reading

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It’s All Relative – Muir of Dinnet NNR

This week’s guest blog has been written by Ewen Cameron, Chair of the Habitats and Species Group, NE Scotland Biodiversity Partnership. Ewen has been involved in nature conservation for around 40 years and shows us what you can achieve with … Continue reading

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Bird Listening – Muir of Dinnet NNR

What, we’re often asked, are those chirpy things that go ‘tweet’ in the bushes? Well, even venerable and world-weary naturalists like ourselves need a wee bit more of a description than that…but, with modern technology, we often get handed a … Continue reading

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