Category Archives: Nature

The pictureless post: monolith and a halo

There are no pictures in this post. There are, however, some of the best pictures I’ve never taken. It didn’t seem to matter on Friday evening when, struggling to make headway – or even to stay on my bike at … Continue reading

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Work and wildlife in the Cairngorms

When you walk in to the woods and sit with your back to a tree and don’t move for, oh, maybe half an hour or more… sometimes you still see nothing. The wildlife, as ever, runs to its own timetable. … Continue reading

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Spring at last in the Cairngorms

There may still be great quantities of snow in the hills, but last weekend was my first day of spring all the same. I’d just spent the week at my day job putting out press releases urging people to take … Continue reading

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Killing trees for conservation

A few folk have been curious about the ring-barking of trees in the forestry plantation just east of Derry Lodge. I did ask one of the estate ecologists if he fancied writing a guest post to explain it but haven’t … Continue reading

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The Living Mountain on the telly

When it comes to classic books about the Cairngorms, Seton Gordon normally comes top of the list for his long out of print ‘The Cairngorm Hills of Scotland’. It is an excellent book too, as is the equally inspiring ‘Charm … Continue reading

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Cairngorm treasure

In almost 50 years of wandering in the Cairngorms I’ve still to strike it rich. Nor have I met anyone else who has. Yet once the Cairngorms thronged with prospectors, seeking after crystals in the rocks which could – potentially … Continue reading

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Rockfall puts Goat Track path in Coire an t-Sneachda out of bounds

  A large area of rock fall caused by Monday’s torrential rain has left a popular Cairngorm footpath in an unstable and dangerous state. Slabs from the cliffs above the Goat Track path in Coire an t-Sneachda – one of … Continue reading

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