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Redwings and Autumn Winds – Muir of Dinnet NNR

The wind thrushes have arrived! The reserve is practically sinking under the weight of redwings this week…I must have see upwards of 2000 on Wednesday alone. The easterly winds have brought them in from Scandinavian in huge numbers, with big … Continue reading

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Migrant Magic – Muir of Dinnet NNR

“The north wind shall blow and we shall have snow”…well, mercifully, no snow yet, but we’ve certainly had northerlies this week. The wind shifted to the north-west on Monday night and with it has come birds, riding it south away … Continue reading

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Why Are Wasps Annoying and Other Autumn Stuff- Muir of Dinnet NNR

Well, it was National Poetry Day yesterday, so I suppose we should be putting some verse up. But, according to the radio it’s national Ask a Stupid Question Day today…so we’re going to lead with the question I was asked … Continue reading

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Muir of Dinnet NNR- Turning Seasons

As soon as September hit this year, it suddenly feels like the year has turned. The nights especially, have been cold, and the frost light has come on a couple of mornings. This nip in the air will make the … Continue reading

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Muir of Dinnet NNR – Officially Autumn

September’s here. The golden, changing month when summer slides into autumn, when the first frosts nip the air and when the wild geese arrive on rushing wings from the north. In myth, it was the month of Hermes, god of going, … Continue reading

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Muir of Dinnet NNR -Flocks and Fungi

Now that August is half done and the schools are –finally- going back next week, I think we have to admit it’s getting into autumn now. In the past couple of weeks, the trees have really started to look tired … Continue reading

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Muir of Dinnet NNR – Bringing History to Life

Well, that’s August here. Where is the year going? You always know the summer is wearing on when you start to see devil’s bit scabious in flower. I always think it’s a horrible-sounding name for a very pretty plant, but … Continue reading

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Muir of Dinnet NNR- Moths and Mallards

It’s been another fairly mixed week on the reserve and I’ll be glad when this blasted humidity breaks- very warm and sticky all week. Still, that’s great weather for the moths and they have been out in force when a … Continue reading

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Muir of Dinnet NNR – Sunny Days and Moth-y Nights

What a cracking start we had to the week. Four nice days in a row- must be summer. In fact, in Scotland, that could have been summer -but we’ll keep our fingers crossed for a bit more sunshine still to … Continue reading

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Muir of Dinnet NNR – The Season of the Grass

‘Tis the season of the grass. The grasses are all at their full growth just now, as any hay fever sufferers will tell you. Even if you don’t suffer, you may well find yourself sneezing as there’s just so much … Continue reading

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