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By Taylor Wildlife, Jul 13 2018 01:57PM

Lying back in a patch of heather warmed by the sun, lunch box cradled in my lap and a cool drink in hand (actually, tepid bottle of water might be a more accurate description), a days work in the highlands is a total job. Yes, no fooling, Scotland can be warm, dry still and midge free!

Nestled in heather, I can start to imagine what it would feel like to be a wee chick in a nest, waiting in anticipation of a mouth full of grub. Strolling through the hills i'm frequently noticing bird activity which would suggest a nest containing eggs or growing chicks is nearby. Excitement and reverence always rises within when this happens. Often, I walk on by not wanting to cause unnecessary bother, but occasionally I come across nests precisely on my transect. Without fail, these encounters are spectacular.

By Taylor Wildlife, Apr 30 2018 10:00AM

The Scottish Highlands has mighty lungs. Windswept though it may be when her gusts lash across the heather hills and whip over bending burns, her force and the rough conditions she creates are finite. As her breath becomes feeble and the winds die down, the landscape comes alive.

By Taylor Wildlife, Apr 18 2017 05:00PM

Training began bright and early on an estate in Angus, completely entranced by the sights and sounds of my new surroundings. Having never visited Scotland before, the scenery completely took my breath away. For many of this year’s new recruits, the Brown & Shepherd survey technique was something new to master. A short indoor theory session was followed by an outdoor activity designed to test our navigating ability, bird identification and most of all our fitness. More like disorientated lowland rabbits than athletic mountain hares with Satnavs, traversing the heather hillside was slow but nonetheless educational, allowing us to get to grips with our personal GPS’s for the season and test the toughness of our feet… if feet could make vocalisations, then mine would certainly be yelling! By late afternoon expectations were clear and I for one was raring to put my training to the test.