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Oct 7th, 2016

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A Good Night for Wildlife

We’ve been missing seeing our resident badgers over the summer – they have been visiting – but for some reason only in the small hours of the morning. All of a sudden now autumn is here they are back at 9pm. R had the bright idea of moving our light pole into the kitchen – […]

Jul 10th, 2016

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Fungi and wildlife

I went out for a walk this evening and saw two sets of very impressive fungi. I wouldn’t have expected to see these until later in the year – perhaps the damp cool summer has brought them out earlier than usual. I’d love to have the expertise to identify the species as I am a […]

Apr 8th, 2016

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The Tick Bags are back again

These two deer studied me carefully when I opened the kitchen door, and then went back to eating the grass (they haven’t had a go at the daffodils yet this year but there is still time). Later on R saw a yearling on his own – I would guess that Mummy has finally given him […]

Mar 23rd, 2016

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The wildlife are now back in force. Last night R and I watched our pine marten (or one of our pine martens?) eating nuts on the bird table for about 10 minutes. Then suddenly he shot off into the woods. We realized why a few seconds later when a large badger emerged under the fence […]

Sep 1st, 2015

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The chief suspect

I mentioned some time ago that something had stripped one of my apple trees. Well here is a picture of the potential culprit – a large red deer hind seems to have taken up semi-permanent residence in our garden. Down by the summerhouse the other day I had noticed a large pile of poo, yesterday […]

Aug 27th, 2015

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We have quite a few fruit trees in our garden. One of them is an eating apple tree which last year had basket loads of small delicious apples on it. I’ve been carefully watching it over the last few days to see if the fruit was ripe. The day before yesterday I thought it was […]

Jul 8th, 2014

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Some more wildlife

Good wildlife week here. The day before yesterday we saw our first otter in Loch Goil. Unfortunately it was too fast to get a photo. We’ve also seen quite a few seals there – mostly over on the Carrick side. We also saw the first lizard I have seen in Scotland out on the path […]

Apr 10th, 2014

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In which we meet Marten face to face

Another big night for wildlife here. Firstly – we finally saw our friend the pine marten in the flesh for the first time. He seems to have been visiting the feeder much earlier – around 9pm rather than 2am, and last night I just glanced out of the window and there he was – this […]

Apr 4th, 2014

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First Fruits of the Garden

Things are definitely getting going now and the polytunnel is pretty crowded with seedlings.   Yesterday I took my life in my hands and moved my first early potatoes which were growing in containers outside in order to free up a bit of space. I now need to get the deer fencing up as a […]