Floral attraction in Glen Affric

IMG_1999-768x512 July is one of my favourite months of the year, as it is the peak time for a lot of activity in nature – the blossoming of  many summer flowers, their pollination by a host of insects and the dispersal of young birds and mammals from their parents, to name some of the main events ... read more

  • 18th Aug 2016, by Alan Watson Featherstone

Birth and death on a birch tree

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 12.24.21 On Saturday 9th July I spent some time in my garden looking at an aspen tree (Populus tremula) I planted there about 10 years ago. As I was doing so, I noticed little spots of liquid on some of the leaves that I recognised as being the honeydew that is secreted by aphids when they feed on the tree’s sap. This prompted me to start looking at the leaves higher up on the tree ... read more

  • 1st Aug 2016, by Alan Watson Featherstone

A day at Loch an Eilein

img_0257 Our Founder visits Loch an Eilein, one of the more readily accessible areas of native pinewood in the Cairngorms National Park.

  • 20th Jul 2016, by Alan Watson Featherstone

A great year for rowan flowers

Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 14.28.31 It has been a different experience to usual for me this spring, as I was away in southern South America for over 3 weeks from the middle of April onwards, where it was autumn in the forests...

  • 4th Jul 2016, by Alan Watson Featherstone

The first signs of spring

img_9485 Our Founder describes his favourite time of the year, when there is a pregnant quality to all of Nature, with the imminent re-emergence of life waiting to happen in the forest.

  • 11th Apr 2016, by Alan Watson Featherstone

A frosty morning at Dundreggan

img_9375 Our Founder describes the early frost and backlit sunlight of a morning out at Dundreggan.

  • 17th Mar 2016, by Alan Watson Featherstone

A torrent in the forest, soon to be diverted?

IMG_6268 Our Founder reflects on a planned micro-hydro scheme in Glen Affric  … read more

  • 9th Feb 2016, by Alan Watson Featherstone

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