Rachel, husband Chris and her brother-in-law Andrew run Ballintaggart Farm in Perthshire
Upland birds have suffered a “worrying decline” in most species, according to official figures.
A cheeky gull has captured the hearts of bakery staff after making a habit of wandering into a Greggs bakery and stealing packets of salt and vinegar crisps.
Great spotted woodpeckers communicate with “talking drums”, new research suggests.
People are being urged to help create a snapshot of the nation’s avian population by counting birds in their garden this weekend.
By the edge of this sandy bay at Earlsferry, the sanderlings dodged in amongst the surf on pattering feet, following the flow of the sea as it receded and quickly retreating up the beach again as the rolling water surged back.
Three weeks ago I wrote about the difficulties wildlife experiences during what is known as the hungry gap period. Frost and snow make foraging for food difficult, the hedgerow berries and wild seed heads in the ditches and the margins have been stripped and our wild birds need support.
A rare rowi kiwi hatched on Christmas Day, earning the name Eggnog.
There are seasons in the Doyenne’s year when her kitchen takes on the steamy atmosphere of the witches’ cave in Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth. Late summer and early autumn is the season for jams and jellies made from the wild rasps and brambles and other hedgerow glories that I pick for her. January is homemade marmalade season.
The rippling call of the curlew burbled across the mudflats, carrying far in the air like a piece of nature’s sweet music; a gift from the gods and the very echo of life.