Tag Archives: red squirrel

Of nesting birds and a casualty sheep

It’s been a really interesting couple of weeks for seeing nesting birds. I seldom go out ‘bird-watching’ as such, and I have little interest in rare species that are unfortunate enough to be blown off course and grace our shores … Continue reading

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A Wealth of Wildlife (Thirsty Books – £9.99)

My latest book, A Wealth of Wildlife, has been printed and copies should be with me on Friday 3 December. I would be pleased to post out signed copies, and there is still plenty time for Christmas delivery. The following … Continue reading

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The diurnal pine marten

It is heartening that pine marten numbers are increasing and that the mammal is extending its range further south. I got a phone call last week from a resident of Methven further up the burn from me to the effect … Continue reading

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The red squirrels breed at last

I casually looked out of the kitchen window this morning and watched a red squirrel at the bird nut feeder. A few minutes later I watched a squirrel a few trees along from the one holding the feeder. I looked … Continue reading

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A very interesting ‘birdy’ day in the garden

I have the beginnings of a rookery in my larch trees. The first nest was built in prime position in a high fork of one of the largest trees. A second nest began to appear a couple of days later, … Continue reading

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Culling a buzzard to protect a red squirrel?

I had a call from Mark Macaskill, a reporter for the Sunday Times, on Friday evening. He was preparing an article on buzzards taking red squirrels.  He quoted an incident, of which I was aware, of a Perthshire landowner, David … Continue reading

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A young red squirrel in the garden

It was a wet Friday and I spent most of the day at the computer, preparing a presentation for next week for the Falkirk Writers’ Group, and preparing a response to the consultation on next year’s general licences for Scotland. … Continue reading

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