RSPB Scotland: Orkney Local Group AGM

A different format for the blog entry this time… Here’s an article I wrote on behalf of the RSPB Orkney Local Group for The Orcadian, Orkney’s weekly newspaper. It was published on 11 January, 2018 (thank you, guys). I have added some links to the RSPB’s work and activities at the bottom of the article.Continue reading “RSPB Scotland: Orkney Local Group AGM”

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Life On The Edge: The Birds Of Shetland

Greetings. I am conscious that my target of one blog a month – to be increased to two if possible – has been missed. Badly. By a long way. Nowhere near. Anyway, I will not weary you with excuses. This month I plan to write about my latest Arizona experiences but, first, an article IContinue reading “Life On The Edge: The Birds Of Shetland”

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Reflections on Edinburgh – and back to a busy Orkney

If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know I am a big admirer of Gretchen Peters’ music. So much so, that my wife Kathie Touin and I travelled 200 miles to Edinburgh to see her in concert at Easter. Well, it was everything I hoped it would be, and much more.Continue reading “Reflections on Edinburgh – and back to a busy Orkney”

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RSPB Orkney Local Group AGM – celebrating the past and looking to the future

This is a reproduction of my article which appeared in The Orcadian of 4 December 2014. The Orcadian is Orkney’s weekly newspaper and a must-buy for residents. You can also subscribe online: http://www.orcadian.co.uk/ ++++++++ The RSPB’s Orkney Local Group looked backwards and forwards when members met for their annual general meeting at St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall. TheContinue reading “RSPB Orkney Local Group AGM – celebrating the past and looking to the future”

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The rhythms and markers of an Orcadian year

Well, here we are with just a fortnight until December 21st, the shortest day of the year – a strange description really, we mean of course the shortest daylight of the year. All being well, December 21st will be 24-hours in duration like all other days. Here in Orkney our hours of daylight do get prettyContinue reading “The rhythms and markers of an Orcadian year”

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What, no badgers?

One of the big UK environmental controversies of 2013 was the badger cull in parts of England. But there was no fuss here in Orkney – we do not have badgers. Orcadian wildlife is very different to what we experienced when we lived in England and many of our visitors, while delighted with what theyContinue reading “What, no badgers?”

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Brakes off, we’re speeding into 2013 and there’s no stopping…

Well, here we are, a week or so into a New Year. What will it bring for us all? For Kathie and me it started on a positive note – we went to one of the most enjoyable New Year’s Eve events we’ve ever attended. As we are in Scotland I should properly call itContinue reading “Brakes off, we’re speeding into 2013 and there’s no stopping…”

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