autumn

Barn Owl sketch by Hannah Longmuir

Bird of the Month November: Barn Owl I chose the barn owl for my bird of the month for November because, for me, the barn owl is a bird of dark nights and big moons. My little boy is completely enraptured by the moon at the moment. Full moons, moons shrouded in clouds, daytime moons …

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Bird of the Month October: WoodPigeon October is my favourite month of the year, and this one has been really lovely.  Those who have read the Bird of the Month blogs through the year might have spotted some slightly melancholy months (I’m looking at you, March and April) but I’m pleased to report that October has been a …

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Turnstone sketches by Hannah Longmuir

This blog post is an ode to the turnstones in Campbeltown harbour. When the tide was high the turnstones grouped together, huddled and impatient, just above the water line on the harbour wall.  Looking down on them from the harbour wall, their chestnut brown summer plumage looked like camouflage against the stones.  They were wobbling …

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[This year I have decided to study two big Horse Chestnut trees near our house.  This is Part 7 of my sketchbook-learnings.] I’m a little behind with my update on the chestnuts.  Things have been really very busy in my little business.  It has been so hard for brick & mortar shops this year, and …

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I recently got a chance to go for a solo walk round the woodland.  I love exploring the wood with my one-year-old boy but keeping him safe and on his feet tends to take up a lot of my focus so I miss a lot of the details.  Since we don’t have Buddy dog anymore …

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This is the time of year – in the midst of the peak autumn glory – that I start to think about hibernating.  I feel the creeping darkness shortening the day, the cold wind nips at my ears, and I have to scrape the car windscreen for the first time since last winter.  I take …

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I am writing this month’s edition of the Wildlife blog from a very windy isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides.  I’m here for a week with Ross & Buddy Dog.  We drove up through Skye which was showing signs of autumn colours: crispy brown ferns, swathes of faded bownish-purple heather across mountain-sides, slate grey …

September Wildlife: What To Look Out For in Nature This Month Read More »

  After a bizarrely warm October (no opportunities to get my woollens on – devastated!), November has arrived.  The temperatures are definitely beginning to take a dip – perhaps a hint at the hard frosts ahead.  The soft light of November is lying pretty on trees still populated by colourful autumn leaves.  The oak tree …

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By October we are deep into the most wonderful season of the year.  Autumn is definitely the season I feel most at home in and October is her crowning glory.  The colours are magnificent – reds and yellows and pinks and browns, the air is fresh and clean, the days are still a decent length …

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