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Got those Whalsay blues

When I was a keen young birder, on the cusp of leaving school and heading off to university, I spent a week in October on the Isles of Scilly. It was a taste of freedom to come. It was also … Continue reading

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Lockdown wildflower photography

Every cloud, they say, has a silver lining. I have, I know, been blessed in the past six months to live where I do – during the very strictest weeks of lockdown, I could at least wander outside on my … Continue reading

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Bog orchids, home and away

Once again, it’s been way too long since I last took a moment to write a personal blog post – though, lately, I’ve started to write for the lovely folk at Promote Shetland about two of my favourite things in … Continue reading

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Snowy

I think many naturalists have something they’d really, really like to see. One species in particular that they yearn for above all others, a holy grail. For some, that might be a flower that goes decades between sightings – the … Continue reading

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2017 – a review of a naturalist’s year

Somehow I find myself on the cusp of a new year and realise that, if I’m not quick, it’ll be too late to look back on the past twelve months as I’ll be too busy looking forward to the year … Continue reading

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A Boxing Day storm on Shetland

Bad weather in Shetland is a funny thing. No laughing matter, of course, but it’s a source of wry amusement that what qualifies as bad weather in the rest of the UK is unremarkable here – and that when we … Continue reading

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And so this is Christmas…

As is traditional in the blogosphere, it’s time for the annual introspective round-uppery blog post. This past year has been an unusual one for me – none of the┬ádedicated foreign birding or botany trips that have been a feature of … Continue reading

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Autumn birding and the butcher bird

Shetland’s currently enjoying something of an Indian summer – warm, mostly sunny days continue to be the norm rather than the exception. The last summer to be this protracted was the infamous ‘barbecue summer’ of 2009 – while the rest … Continue reading

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Spring Equinox

Today’s the Spring equinox here in the northern hemisphere. Perversely Shetland, being contrary like that, is marking the occasion with a lacerating north-westerly and a return to wintery weather. A year ago today we were enjoying the near-total solar eclipse … Continue reading

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South Mainland Up Helly Aa

I was out last night. Not that uncommon, really – lots of people go out on a Friday evening. My night out was a little different to most, and even then was nowhere near as wild as that of some … Continue reading

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