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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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There's No Place Like Home

Posted Sunday 10th May 2020 at 16:56 by Green Sandpiper
A truism, which has sadly become a reality for so many of us. If you're anything like me, you'll have spent the long dark nights of winter thinking of spring adventures- the days when our little friends arrive back from their winter holidays and deafen us with song, the days spent at the coast, on clifftops, in marshes, on hills and moors. And this year, this has been snatched away from us.

The (massive) cloud of wrecked plans, though, appears to be a new appreciation of my local patch. With family commitments, my birding is usually restricted to 1 day per weekend. A focus on maximising the birds for each visit often meant jumping in the car and heading far and wide, to the neglect of my local area.

Now, though, I have a new appreciation of what I've missed. The trees and bushes are vibrant with warbler song, hirundines have arrived in force, song thrushes sing in the wee hours (actually, not 100% keen on getting woken up at 3am) Bullfinches nest and feed openly, dipper and kingfisher share the river raptors soar over fields, and cause chaos, corvids are slowly plotting taking over the world, ducks and geese are breeding successfully, the otter has stopped being so shy, and the bats have woken up.

I remember years ago doing First Aid training with the Red Cross. Our instructor told us on the first day that the only thing you can't survive is death. It particularly helps when we are surrounded by so much life.
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