A shrill winnowing call drifts across this tranquil reed-fringed lochan in Devilla Forest in west Fife and out on the water I spot a dabchick and her two chicks.
A scattering of white-dazzled water-crowfoot on the far side of the river – a lure that proves irresistible, so I gently slip into the tumbling water with snorkel and mask to get a closer look at these watery gems.
A pond, but no ordinary one, for this little shimmering oasis deep within thick willow and alder carr near Dunkeld has been created by beavers.
Many ‘microspecies’ of bramble occur in Britain, each one differing slightly from each other in terms of fruiting time, size, texture and taste.
When rockpooling always be aware of what the tide is doing in case you get cut off.
Oystercatchers are adaptable birds, and at a time when most of our wader species are in decline, they seem to be holding their own, with some having taken to nesting on flat roofs in our towns and cities.
FEATURE: Fireweed’s ability to colonise areas of fire-hit forest give it naming rights over rosebay willowherb
Each rosebay willowherb plant can produce up to 80,000 seeds, which are fitted with plumes of featherweight hair that act like parachutes, enabling them to drift considerable distances in the breeze.
Kingfishers are at the far north-western edge of their European range in Scotland, and as such, can suffer high mortalities in severe winters. They occur on rivers throughout Courier Country.
The American mink was widely kept in fur farms in the mid-20th century. Some escaped and it was first reported breeding in the wild in Britain in 1956.
The painted lady is the most widely distributed butterfly in the world, inhabiting every continent except Australia and Antarctica. It is the only butterfly ever recorded in Iceland.