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Beaches strain with pulverised seaweed

Beaches strain with pulverised seaweed

06/02/2009, by in

While the rest of Britain is gently vanishing under a blanket of snow, Shetland gleams in the brilliance of winter sunshine and recent gales have subsided, leaving beaches groaning under the weight of fresh­ly cast and pulverised seaweed.It’s time to get the sacks out and head for the shore. To... Read more...

A great time of year for beachcombing

A great time of year for beachcombing

16/01/2009, by in

Fresh gales have whistled and hissed their fury over Shetland again this week. Every blast that lashed the cowering landscape, every thundering wave that crashed onto the shuddering shore, left something new behind, to be discovered and savoured once calm, serene conditions returned.Scoured of cli... Read more...

Hundreds enjoy a New Year’s Day walk

Hundreds enjoy a New Year’s Day walk

09/01/2009, by in

NEW Year’s Day was glorious and hordes of people made the best of the calm, still sunshine to enjoy a walk out of doors.The hills at this time of year take on a palate of shades which change endlessly with the shifting light. But for the most part they are shades of brown. Grasses, tormentil, he... Read more...

Boneshaking gales set the cat howling

Boneshaking gales set the cat howling

24/12/2008, by in

THE GALES this week have been real bone shakers. There were gusts on Friday night which shook the house so violently that it woke us up and set the cat howling downstairs in the kitchen.Winds this strong can create havoc in the garden and attempts to protect it can backfire. A patch of fruit bus... Read more...

Sprouting plants seem fooled by seasons

Sprouting plants seem fooled by seasons

12/12/2008, by in

ANYONE would think it was March or April. Even now, as we approach the coldest time of year, the darkest seedlings are sprouting in vast numbers on areas of bare soil.Nature’s sheer dogged, blind drive to thrive, to proliferate, to grow and spread is breathtaking. I stick my nose out in the morn... Read more...

A close encounter of the s(urr)eal kind

A close encounter of the s(urr)eal kind

05/12/2008, by in

HOW IS your window bird watching going? Bird tables make the easiest wildlife watching stations and with all the inventiveness of modern designers and modern materials, you don’t even need to have a garden for a bird table.There are sucker-fixing trays which can be firmly attached to the outside... Read more...

Time for those peerie folk to venture indoors

Time for those peerie folk to venture indoors

21/11/2008, by in

THIS time of year brings the peerie four feet folk inby and there are already mice in the cellar. But apart from the tell tale debris left behind, we rarely glimpse them, but then I had an unexpected meeting.I went towards the garage one weekend recently to fetch something or other and as I turned... Read more...

Plenty of birds, but what’s under water?

Plenty of birds, but what’s under water?

10/10/2008, by in

SHETLAND Field Studies Group’s penultimate outing this year, the “migration” trip, saw the minibus attacked by savage squalls and violent blinding waterfalls of rain, but the day was a success despite it all. Nearly 40 different bird species were seen and a number of Shetland’s hardier ... Read more...