Photographing Hedgehogs

September 02, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
We're lucky to have hedgehogs that visit our garden every night. Once a common sight in many gardens, the hedgehog population has declined drastically over the years and so it is very exciting to know that we have several living in Darnick. At most we've had three captured on the camera at one time so I know there are at least three individuals tha...
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Nesting Neighbours

June 01, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
May was the wettest on record but it certainly hasn’t stopped the birds from nesting. Our garden shed was out of commission after we discovered a Robin nest with five tiny, newly hatched chicks. Sadly, one chick died but the other four went on to fledge successfully and are now hopping around the garden, while we wait to see if the nest will be use...
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Cold weather and garden visitors.

February 17, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
February has seen some freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall throughout the UK and it was no different here in the Scottish Borders. This has meant a massive influx of birds into the garden for food - including some more unusual ones. The most exciting bird for me was the incredibly stunning Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris). The Fieldfare is a mem...
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Scottish Badgers - New Scottish Borders Branch

November 21, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Exactly a year ago I took part in a training weekend with Scottish Badgers down in Lockerbie, to work towards my Level 1 in Badger Surveying. As well as monitoring your own setts, part of the year long training involves going out on group surveys. I was surprised to learn that I had to travel to the central belt to take part in these as there was n...
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Scottish Badger Week 2020

May 12, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Saturday the 9th of May marked the start of Scottish Badger Week, an annual event that aims to educate people about badgers in our landscape. With the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in place this year is quite different. You can find out more about badgers in Scotland and Scottish Badger Week on the website www.scottishbadgers.org.uk I fell in love...
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