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Sharks: Pictures from Cites in Pew News Now *

These beautiful pictures of live sharks, and the horrifying pictures of de-finned hammerhead sharks taken for CITES**, are shown in the October 10th Pew News Now Newsletter and were available to copy. Sharks are caught to provide their fins for … Continue reading

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Galloway Country Fair – August 18th and 19th 2012

The Fair was held in the beautiful surroundings of Drumlanrig Estate, near Thornhill, below the castle and above a curve in the River Nith. Despite enough rain to produce mud and squelching, people seemed to be having as good time, … Continue reading

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The Deserts of Darvel are Blooming… or… Gravel, Monoblock and Tarmac… or… The Plants Are Fighting Back!

Pink gravel, grey gravel, red gravel, white gravel, many-coloured gravel,  monoblock in rows or patterns, new tarmac to cover up the bothersome ‘dirt’ (soil) and make life easier and cleaner… It seemed to be the end of garden life, when, … Continue reading

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Annual Excursion of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society

The Royal Scottish Forestry Society had its annual 4-day field meeting in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland during May this year. Visits included Kylloes and Kielder Forests in Northumberland, the Bowmont Valley on the north side of the Cheviot Hills … Continue reading

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Fear of Farming, Foraging, Forgetting and Food

Reaction to “Is Farming the Only Way of Providing Food?” By Professor Richard Oram, Stirling University We have been presented with three intriguing, thought-provoking and – hopefully – discussion-stimulating papers.  If we take a relatively superficial view of the arguments … Continue reading

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Good News!

On March 30th, the Northern Planning Committee of East Ayrshire Council unanimously rejected the application from Scottish Power Renewables to demolish Whiteleehill and High Overmuir steadings on the Whitelee Plateau (see blog post March 14th 2012), so for the moment they … Continue reading

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IS FARMING THE ONLY WAY OF PROVIDING FOOD

Us three girls, Caroline, Jennifer and Ruth have organised a session on “IS FARMING THE ONLY WAY OF PROVIDING FOOD?” at the forthcoming European Social Science History Conference at Glasgow University, Scotland, 11th to 14th April 2012. Caroline is an … Continue reading

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The New Clearances

East Ayrshire has lost 9 homes to open-cast coal mining during the past decade. Now, applications have been made to East Ayrshire Council planners to demolish three farm steadings on the Whitelee Plateau near Kilmarnock. Apparently, they are empty, derelict … Continue reading

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Corals

Coral reefs are formations of invertebrate animals whose pelagic larvae eventually settle down and become sedentary. They then grow and build up layers by depositing a hard outside surface around their bodies, forming a structure which is characteristic of each … Continue reading

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Dragonflies and Damselflies in the Forest

Our November in south-west Scotland has been the best month for sunshine since May! So records of dragonflies in August are most welcome. Andy Tittensor has just sent details of dragonflies and damselflies which were busy flying and mating on … Continue reading

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