Monthly Archives: June 2015

Flowers on the croft

Inspired by Steve Gale, a natural history blogger from a long, long way away in the south of England, I’ve been out and about in my fields counting orchids lately. (Steve’s been counting Pyramidal and Bee Orchids in his local … Continue reading

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Midsummer wildflowers in Shetland

I’ve mentioned what an unforgiving and deeply unpleasant few weeks it’s been lately – for one reason and another it’s been the summer that never happened here, and is if in sympathy the flowers have seemed sluggish and slow to … Continue reading

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Eyebrowed Thrush on Whalsay

I moved to Shetland some twelve years ago for a number of reasons – but foremost amongst them was always the archipelago’s magnetic attraction for massively displaced rare birds. Shetland, and Whalsay in particular, have been very kind to me … Continue reading

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Mousa at midsummer, or “By ‘eck you smell gorgeous tonight, petrel”

This evening I’m midway through a hectic weekend of guiding of one sort or another, having just returned home tonight running somewhat on empty after a handful of hours sleep last night… I was delighted to be asked by the … Continue reading

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Shetland’s rare beauty both in and at 60 North

It’s been a cold and miserable start to the summer here, an ill wind that blows no good having descended on us since mid April, and one that to this day shows no sign of abating. I’d like to hope that better … Continue reading

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The joy of Crex

It’s been a busy few weeks here in Shetland, and I’ve some orchid-related good news to share. More of which in due course… but for now, the first instalment from a week-long wildlife tour I led at the start of … Continue reading

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