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Ive lived in Lanarkshire all of my 40 years, and in that time I have seen my local area change beyond all recognition, and definitely not for the better. From the appearance of massive identikit housing estates where rolling fields once rang to the song of yellowhammers, the inexorable process of urbanisation goes on as the local authorities undertake a concerted effort to eradicate every sign of nature- or so it seems. The nature- filled halcyon days of my childhood are a swiftly receding memory, replaced by the creeping horror of what is replacing them. Its important, I think, to highlight what we, as nature lovers in general and bird lovers in particular, still have, for the moment at least.
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Life vs Birding- the battle continues

Posted Wednesday 18th March 2015 at 19:37 by Green Sandpiper
I'm a bad man. Not BAD bad, I mean, I'm not expecting to spend time in the jail or anything, but I'm guilty of making false promises.

2015, I vowed, was to be the year where I put my foot down and insisted on birding time, be assertive, assert my rights. It was also, incidentlly, the year where I'd post to this blog more regularly...ahem.

Anyway, now that the year is 3 months old, and I find myself on 102 species, having enjoyed a couple of Big Days Out with some Damned Fine Birding, I can look back and chafe at the weekends where my birding was transient or passive, if anything at all.

Again, we have the problems facing all birders whose nearest and dearest don't share this passion of ours. Unless your significant other has the patience of a saint, they'll make reasonable/ unreasonabe demands on your time when we'd much rather be out in the field/ out in A field somewhere.

2 big days, a few 'little days' and I've realised that what really makes my birding year 'tick' along are what I call medium days out- birding trips outside my local patch, but not so far that its a 12-14 hour trip. Days out in Ayrshire and the Clyde have been sadly missing, I even resorted to urban birding in Glasgow to tick dipper and grey wag- and I HATE cities.

So, the battle goes on, the fight to get balance between birds and other life continues. I must be strong, I must be assertive, my birding year depends on it.

In saying this, 102 species by the end of February whilst barely being out isn't too shabby.....
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