“It was a warm, sunny day, so we fancied a short, gentle walk. We decided to go for the easiest way to Marwick Head. “
“A wild Orchid in the domestic Mint box……living happily together……….”
“There aren’t any foxes in Orkney. I’ve wondered why, and thought it’s probably because they didn’t get here after the Ice Age – the waters rose, and that was that. Like there aren’t any snakes in Ireland – one of those things. “
“So what does a hedgehog do when, snuffling across a lawn for worms, it meets a robotic mower? Most wildlife will run/fly away if it can. But the hedgehog?” Hugh Warwick
“Kraak washes his frogs before he eats them! “
Gorse is important for invertebrates.
“When we erode biodiversity, we favour species that are more likely to be zoonotic hosts, increasing our risk of spillover events.”
Giant slicks of plastic rubbish collect in our seas much of it floating on the surface. The most infamous one, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is in the North Pacific Ocean.
Cracking images from Noel Donaldson of a heron fishing for dinner
This year the survey of our garden visitors take place over the weekend of 29th to 31st of January.