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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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Snowdrops, signs of spring

They say that Shetland can experience four seasons in one hour, let alone in one day. Depending on whether one’s out of the wind this weekend it’s variously felt like a pleasant summer’s day or the bitterest depths of winter. … Continue reading

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A day in the Shetland wildlife

I recently read elsewhere in the blogosphere a writer’s day-in-the-life piece, one that set me thinking that I ought to do something similar. Without going into a blow by blow account of what constitutes a typical day for me – … Continue reading

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