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Iíve 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 15:56 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...
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Birding sites- the Green Sand Assessment.

Posted Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 20:44 by Green Sandpiper
Like a lot of us, I'm guessing, I'm a huge fan of Bill Oddie's Little Black Bird Book. I'm a fan of the man himself, naturally, but there's something about the self- deprecating tone of the LBBB that strikes a chord. One section involves our man categorising different types of birders, in a mostly non- judgemental way, leaving it up to ourselves to form our own opinions. During a recent day out wandering in the cold I found myself wondering whether we could categorise sites or birding locations...
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The Story So Far....

Posted Sunday 27th January 2019 at 20:24 by Green Sandpiper
Its only the end of January..... but even so, this year has started off much better than previous years. Not only in terms of birds seen (I'm on 74, which isn't stellar) but in terms of the enjoyment I'm getting from it.

Since my last post (I really need to up my output...) I've had a mixed bag of days out. A trip East to Musselburgh was 'different' since I'd forgotten my binos, and had to bird by camera. But while previously this would have been catastrophic and flung me into...
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New Year Outing- Good Omens?

Posted Friday 4th January 2019 at 01:49 by Green Sandpiper
Christmas and New Year are family time for GreenSand, so while a lot of folk go mad on New Yearís Day, I always wait until the 2nd of January, making the most of the holiday.

Iíve mentioned before about being a twitcher for birding sites, I get uncomfortable unless I get to visit places that Iíve had good experiences in before. In addition to my usual haunts, there are a few set points in the year where I will definitely go on one- off trips- RSPB Inversnaid on Loch Lomond, RSPB...
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Twitching

Posted Thursday 1st June 2017 at 20:15 by Green Sandpiper
I'm not a twitcher, I may have mentioned this occasionally, and I'd rather immerse myself in bird- life than spend my scarce free time travelling miles to tick off a bird. Plus, I'm crap at it and have a very low success rat.

So, I'm not a twitcher of birds. But is it possible to be a twitcher of birdwatching sites or places? I don't mean having a dream list of places to go and dealing with the crushing realisation, say, that with three kids I ain't ever going to the skyforests...
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