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Adding up to Spring – Muir of Dinnet NNR

It’s spring! We’ve finally had the first adders of the year on Monday this week. Thanks to the heavy snow last week and the stormy conditions this year, the adders have been late in waking up. I can’t remember the … Continue reading

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Winter Light – Muir of Dinnet NNR

We’re fast bearing down on the turn of the year. A mere 9 days from now, it will have turned (for me, it turns on the solstice, not Hogmanay) and the days will, imperceptibly at first, start to lengthen. Until … Continue reading

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September Swans – Muir of Dinnet NNR

This is a beautiful pine tree. I’d guess it’s 80-100 years old, around 60 feet high and the sun dappling through the branches is just gorgeous. Unfortunately, it’s probably going to die as the wildfire from last week looks to … Continue reading

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Hellos and Goodbyes – Muir of Dinnet NNR

It’s really, finally, properly felt like spring this week. Though that took a day or two, there was fresh snow on Morven on Monday and it was bitterly cold until Tuesday. Then the temperature jumped by 10 degrees! What a … Continue reading

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Snow and Spring – Muir of Dinnet NNR

After the “Beast from the East” last week, we wondered what this week would bring. The forecast suggested rain, and all the snow to go pretty quickly. Well, this was certainly true for the coast, where only drifts hidden in … Continue reading

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Wet and Wonderful – Muir of Dinnet NNR

It’s World Wetlands Day today. Happens every year on 2nd February. So why celebrate wetlands? Well, they’re hugely important for wildlife….AND hugely useful for us, too. Yes, they are great places for wildlife, but they also help slow global warming … Continue reading

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Happy 2018 – Muir of Dinnet NNR

Hello and a very happy new year to you all. I hope 2018 is good to you. Is your life returning to normal after Christmas and new year? Mine is- back to work, don’t dare stand on the scales and no … Continue reading

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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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