Birds at the bottom of the garden

As of today, I’ve been living in my new house a week! It’s not the biggest or the most glamorous, but it’s certainly enough to feel like home. There is also a generously sized garden that oozes potential. Currently, the grass is several feet high and tickles the midriffs of the two apple trees, but […]

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Our Day On May

When the May Princess left Anstruther harbour the sun was at its highest, so as we headed out into open water we were slowly baking but not daring to complain in case the rain came back. As I watched my fellow passengers slap on the sun cream, I was geographically disorientated, not quite believing I […]

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Sunny Cliff Wander

It had been several years since we visited Arbroath for the first time; I remember wearing my trusty blue cagoule, but that’s about it. So, we thought it was high time we paid this beautiful town a second visit. It was another beautifully hot day, so we abandoned coats during our walk along the cliffs. […]

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Reunited with the Beach

When spending summer in Scotland, we know we can only hope for good weather. This week however, the sun has shone most days. Naturally we had to take Jas to her favourite place in the world, St Andrews beach. Armed with her new Equafleece to keep the sand off (and avoid having to battle in […]

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Urban Nature

Last Wednesday, I caught the train to Hammersmith to meet up with Zahrah and embark on another of our wildlife excursions. Today we visited the London Wetland Centre, something Iā€™d heard lots of good things about but never been. Upon arrival we were greeted by a lovely volunteer who explained the site map to us. […]

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Great British Heat Wave

As the train sped towards Edinburgh, I caught glimpses of countryside soaked in July sunshine. A heat wave clung to the landscape, sending a wave of drowsiness over every passenger that pressed down with all its weight. The air hung sticky in the carriage; a line of sweat glistened on every top lip. Crisp packets […]

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Heartwood Forest Summer Festival

After a week of stressful moving out of halls of residence, I am now settled at home for the summer. On Saturday I volunteered at the Heartwood Forest Summer Festival, an event held at a Woodland Trust site near where I live. We had fantastic weather all day and many hundreds of visitors – it […]

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Carna – Day Three

Species seen: Bog Myrtle – Myrica gale Chaffinch ā€“ Fringilla coelebs Common Frog – Rana temporaria Common Porpoise – Phocoena phocoena Common Shag – Phalacrocorax aristotelis Common Tern – Sterna hirundo Common Wood Sorrel – Oxalis acetosella Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo Eurasian Otter ā€“ Lutra lutra Green-Veined Butterfly – Pieris napi Grey Heron – Ardea […]

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By The Sea

Recently, England was treated to some incredible weather. After coming back from a walk in the park, I was asked out to the beach with the gang. Initially I was bamboozled at the thought of spending the day at the beach during late British spring, but the day really was lovely. After a swift trip […]

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Walking Black Hill

Year one assignments have officially finished! Last Wednesday was an all day practical on first aid, navigation and camp craft. All in all the day went well, and by 4pm I was done and dusted, dazed and confused with nothing to do. It was all a bit spontaneous, but my boyfriend invited me up to […]

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