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At this time of the year, all magazines, mewspapers and TV shows run “Best of 2012” stories (spoilers: this year it’s all about the Olympics). We decided to do our own retrospective and look back at all the things that happened at Lochwinnoch in 2012. I have to say, it’s been...
31 Dec 2012
Recent Sightings - 17-23 October
Trees around the reserve are loosing more and more leaves and days are getting shorter but we are nowhere near being depressed because of that. Quite the contrary – it’s a really exciting time, with all the winter migrants arriving to the reserve in large numbers. Tufted ducks , wigeons ...
24 Oct 2012
The radiator and the lights are on -even though it is daytime- a fine drizzle is falling against the window... no doubt: autumn’s here. You might be tempted to shelter at home with a blanket round your shoulders, a cuppa in your hands and the telly on, until warmer weather comes back, but how wrong...
19 Oct 2012
Birds of prey and the change of seasons
Wednesday 30 th of August started like many mornings this summer: with buckets of rain. Luckily, it did not last very long and by noon a glorious sun was shining on the meadow. It was turning out to be a brilliant day, but got even better with the icing on the cake: at about 1.30 a juvenile marsh harrier...
6 Sep 2012
Ever heard of Nature Deficit Disorder? It’s not a medical condition, but a recent phenomenon observed in Western societies: children spend less and less time in nature. Actually, less than one in ten children regularly play in wild places! Most adults remember fondly playing in the wild when...
6 Aug 2012
One could be forgiven for forgetting which season we’re in, given the grim weather we have had over the last few weeks. But if we take a closer look, there are tell-tale signs that despite the lack of sunshine, summer is definitely here. The mild, rainy weather has given a boost to the vegetation...
12 Jul 2012
Everybody knows going outdoors is good for you. But few of us understand just how much nature can do for our health, both physical and mental. I’m not talking about herbal remedies and the like, but about spending time with nature. Our lifestyles are becoming more and more sedentary, and it’s...
29 Jun 2012
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