Long-tailed tits are attractive little birds, which in spring build intricate and well-camouflaged domed nests made from feathers, moss, fur and cobwebs, and covered in lichen.
When I got my first mountain bike, the only opportunities I had to ride it were during the long winter evenings.
Clatto Country Park is a great place to spot wildlife. At this time of year look out for colourful jays in the woods as they busily collect nuts to store for the winter. They are shy birds and hard to approach close.
Built in 1859 on an elevated spot overlooking the River Isla, Ruthven Parish Church is very much the archetypal rural kirk, a beguiling wee red sandstone building adorned with octagonal bell tower and buttresses set in a graveyard of antiquated headstones.
Autumn is a great time to seek out some fabulous fungi, as Gayle discovers when she heads out to discover the magic of mushrooms...
FEATURE: From deadheading dahlias to weeding and watering, there’s plenty for volunteers to do at Scone Palace
Fancy volunteering in the stunning gardens and grounds of Scone Castle? Gayle gets stuck in, and finds there’s no shortage of jobs to do – all year round!
Ffordd Pen Llech in Snowdonia, Wales was awarded the Guinness World Record of the steepest street in the world in July this year. Previously the title had been held by Baldwin Street in Dunedin in New Zealand.
The water by this rocky shore at Kingsbarns near St Andrews had churned into a white froth, such was the ferocity of the wind and the turmoil of the waves.
Packing for a cycling trip means being prepared for every eventuality – just remember to take your bike too.
KEITH BROOMFIELD: Kingfishers are doing well on the River Devon despite being vulnerable to the cold
I am writing a book on a wildlife year on the River Devon in Clackmannanshire – but I had a problem, for a large stretch of the lower river is relatively inaccessible by foot.