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Recent content by JTweedie

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    Western Scotland birding

    Forgot to say: I overheard two wee boys saying that it's mute swans they have in their back garden. That must be one impressive garden.
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    Western Scotland birding

    Sunny start to the day. Went to Lochwinnoch (notwithstanding public transport problems). When I got there the weather was really changeable with a few showers. The reserve felt really quiet today. Unfortunately wasps have taken up residence in the hide overlooking the new scrape. I peeked in...
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    Isle of May and Noss closed to visitors

    To help halt the spread of avian flu, NatureScot is closing Isle of May and Noss to visitors from 1 July.
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    Springwatch 2022

    I think you need to give them a break. It's just a bunch of people who didn't see people like them out birding and they decided to try and do something about it. I'm sure things will get better for them over time.
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    Springwatch 2022

    I said above already, but I honestly think it's been more popular than they ever expected. I agree that it's too many people for the facilitators to manage, but they might be taking a more experiential approach - leading people on a walk through the reserve from A to B but perhaps not actually...
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    Scotland's Biodiversity Strategy Consultation

    The Scottish Government is running a consultation on their strategy to reduce (by 2030) and reverse (by 2045) biodiversity loss in Scotland. I thought this was a reasonably thorough consultation and it took me a while to complete it. It runs until September if you're interested in contributing...
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    RSPB Insh Marshes fire

    I was thinking that myself Delia, as when I visited it was a traditional wooden hide with slots to look through, not the glass-fronted hide shown in the photos.
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    RSPB Insh Marshes fire

    Hide at Insh Marshes has burned down. Hopefully it can be replaced.
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    RSPB’s New Logo

    I like it. Only noticed it this morning when I saw a tweet from RSPB Scotland that caught my eye. It doesn't take long for new logos to enter public consciousness. There's often a small window where people can be shocked by it, but by the end of the year you'll be used to it.
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    Springwatch 2022

    It feels like it's been more successful than they'd imagine and it does sound like it's got a bit out of control hence their max limit of 200. I do agree that that's too many people at once, but I'd hope that as I mentioned that people gain confidence to go out on their own. I bet there are...
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    Springwatch 2022

    I'd imagine over time the group sizes will get smaller as people gain confidence to start exploring sites on their own while some might decide it's maybe not for them, as happens with any hobby. I got the impression it was more of a walk they were doing rather than everyone trying to take...
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    Springwatch 2022

    I've never seen a nightjar myself but it was fascinating watching it looking around - I thought for a minute it was going to turn its head 360 degrees - it wasn't far off it!
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    Scotland 22/04/2022 - 29/04/2022 campervan trip

    Can't help but notice someone in a yellow van seemed to have been following you everywhere! ;)
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    Griswold’s Vacations 2022

    I don't have anything booked yet - other things cropped up but I'll definitely be visiting at some point. I don't drive anymore, but I know what you mean about having that road to yourself - I experienced it a few times on early morning drives north. The road down from Arrochar to Helensburgh...
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    Griswold’s Vacations 2022

    The road down Loch Lomond can often be really busy unfortunately, especially the middle section where it twists and turns. It looks like the bird has gone already so you probably would have been out of luck if you went on that detour!
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