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Snow and Swans- Muir of Dinnet NNR

I think I’m going to call this week officially winter. We had our first snow lying on the reserve, albeit above 1000 feet…though nothing to lower levels yet. It was trying to snow lower down on Monday but it never really … Continue reading

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Mumruffins and Mavises – Muir of Dinnet NNR

Winter creeps ever closer. We’ve had minus temperatures a few mornings this week and the higher of the local hills are dusted with snow. Food will grow ever harder to find and, having eaten all the rowans, the thrushes are moving … Continue reading

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Cold and Frosty Mornings- Muir of Dinnet NNR

November has arrived…and it’s turned a bit “brrrrrr”. There were a couple of hard frosts this week, especially over Thursday night. I don’t really mind- I’d far rather it was cold and clear than this incessant dampness we’ve had…and the … Continue reading

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Autumn Gold- Muir of Dinnet NNR

We’ve finally been getting some sun this week to help bring out the wonderful autumn colours. The birches are just glowing in the sun and the whole reserve seems decked out on a shimmering golden gown. Get out soon, though, … Continue reading

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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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Frosty Days and Fencing Wire

Hello and apologies for the lack of blog last week. Life gets in the way, sometimes, and so does a ton of fencing wire! That’s how much we took to the tip on Friday, finally getting rid of the huge … Continue reading

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New Year, New Storms

Hello and a happy new year to you! This is the first blog for a while, a combination of Christmas holidays and flu had put us out of commission for a while. But the reserve’s still here and still a … Continue reading

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Falling Leaves and Feeding Thrushes – Muir of Dinnet NNR

This week has flown by. Suddenly, we’re into November and we have to start thinking about changed clocks, frosts and fireworks….and hope no-one fills the car parks with firework debris or nails any onto signs this year (yes, people do … Continue reading

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A day in the life of a reserve assistant..

My name is Simon Ritchie, and I am on a 12 month placement with Scottish Natural Heritage. I work as a Reserve Assistant on all 3 Grampian National Nature Reserves:  St Cyrus, Forvie and Muir of Dinnet.     I split my time up … Continue reading

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