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First bat of 2020

Just seen the first bat of 2020, probably a Pipistrellus pipistrellus or a Pipistrellus pygmaeus (based on previous identifications). I take the bat sighting as a sign of the coming summer. This year is later than most of the years… Continue Reading →

First Bat of year 2015

There has just been a shout of Die Fledermaus from the kitchen, nothing to do with the opera by younger Johann Strauss, but Ulli was on the phone to her mother and spotted the first bat of 2015. It was… Continue Reading →

First bat of 2014

This evening I saw the first bat of 2014, it was probably Pipistrellus pipistrellus or Pipistrellus pygmaeus (based on previous identifications). Interestingly this sighting is later than in the last two years, it was 26th March 2012 and 30th March… Continue Reading →

A short walk on the Emperor’s Chair

Der Kaiserstuhl, literally the Emperor’s Chair, a range of hills in south west Germany, is the remains of an extinct volcano rising out of the Upper Rhine Plain like an island, and a fine place to go for a walk…. Continue Reading →

First bats of the year

I have just seen the first bats of the year, two of them flying around at the back of my flat. Unfortunately it was just too dark for taking photos. It was flying in roughly clockwise circles at about 12… Continue Reading →

Strange voice in the early morning

It is strange how some noises can rouse you from a deep sleep to full alertness in a moment. This morning I heard one such noise, a strange voice at about 03:30, the odd thing about this one is that… Continue Reading →

Great Grey Shrike in Edinburgh?

This morning, sitting at breakfast looking out at a dreich and misty Arthur’s Seat, I started scanning the trees nearby, just as something to do. Over the last few years we have seen a wide range of birds around this… Continue Reading →

New Edinburgh Wildlife Website

An Edinburgh lawyer, Anthony Robson, has started a new website listing wildlife sightings in Edinburgh. The web site came about because he had taken a load of wildlife photos over the last year or so, and couldn’t find an on-line… Continue Reading →

First bird to sing

I didn’t sleep well last night, no particular reason it just happens sometimes, one consequence of this was that I was awake when the first bird started to sing. At 03:27 a robin (Erithacus rubecula) started singing followed by another… Continue Reading →

Evicting squatters

Just recently I have been watching, with some amusement, a battle between a pair of property developers and a number of prospective but unwanted tenants. This highly desirable city centre property is a renovation of an older property, but which… Continue Reading →

Deer in Scotland, part 2

Some years ago I wrote a post on the need to reduce the population of deer in Scotland, recently concern about Scottish deer population has come back into the news. Due to the amount of snow we have this winter,… Continue Reading →

First bat of the year…

I have just seen the first bat of the year, it was flying over the cemetery at the back of my flat. Unfortunately it was just too dark for taking photos, I would really like to find out which species… Continue Reading →

One swallow

The old saying has it that “One swallow doesn’t make a summer”, but having just seen two pass the kitchen window I am hoping that this is the start of spring!

Escape to the Pentlands

One of the things which makes Edinburgh such a great place to live is the relative ease of access to the great outdoors. The Friday evening weather forecast told us that the following day was to be the last day… Continue Reading →

Deer in Scotland

I read recently in the papers that the incoming chair of SNH has suggested that more Scottish people should be involved in the culling of deer in Scotland. As an ecologist I feel this is a great idea and one… Continue Reading →

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