A wonder-full day at Dundreggan, part 1

IMG_5267 Our Founder details the changing hues in the Caledonian forest, honing in on the brilliant yellow colours of ragwort and its importance as a food source for a wide variety of insects at this time of year.

  • 18th Oct 2016, by Alan Watson Featherstone

Return to Inchvuilt Wood

Screen Shot 2016-10-03 at 08.27.54 The end of August and early September is the peak time for common heather(Calluna vulgaris) to be flowering in the Highlands, and I usually aim to do a couple of days of photography of this seasonal phenomenon at different locations each year. This summer I decided to make a return visit to the Inchvuilt Wood in Glen Strathfarrar ... read more

  • 3rd Oct 2016, by Alan Watson Featherstone

A day in Glasdrum Wood: Part 2

Screen Shot 2016-09-13 at 08.45.26 Continuing on from his previous blog, our Founder explores further into Glasdrum Wood NNR, where there is much more to the forest than first meets the eye ... read more


  • 13th Sep 2016, by Alan Watson Featherstone

Visiting Scotland's rainforests: A day in Glasdrum Wood

IMG_2499 Our Founder plunges into the fascinating world of fungi and lichens on his visit to a protected National Nature Reserve (NNR) rainforest on the west coast of Scotland. 

  • 31st Aug 2016, by Alan Watson Featherstone

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

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