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My name's Ben. I live in the Lomond Hills and this is a diary of a calendar year in the wildlife of Fife. Featured blogger for BBC Wildlife Magazine's Local Patch Reporter project.
After the dunnock nest in my Christmas tree earlier this year, I’ve been on the lookout for other nests in the garden.  Quite how this one escaped my attention is beyond me, but I recently found a wren’s nest in my wood pile.
These two tiny chicks were the last to leave the nest and did so shortly after I took this photo.

After the dunnock nest in my Christmas tree earlier this year, I’ve been on the lookout for other nests in the garden.  Quite how this one escaped my attention is beyond me, but I recently found a wren’s nest in my wood pile.

These two tiny chicks were the last to leave the nest and did so shortly after I took this photo.

Head on legs discovered in West Lothian visitor centre!

Earlier this month I was covering reception at Almondell & Calderwood Country Park when a member of the public came in from our conservatory and said…..’you’ve got a very small visitor in the building’.

Given the recent run of fledglings we’ve found in & around the visitor centre I was expecting to find another bird, but when I peered under the conservatory bench I found a little fluffy head on legs staring back at me!

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A moth with perfect timing

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Earlier this week I was manning our Ranger Service stand at a public event in Torphichen, West Lothian.  Our chosen theme was butterflies and the role they play in pollination.

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I was chatting to a wee girl about butterflies, moths and caterpillars and I showed her a picture of an emperor moth caterpillar I’d found in the Cairngorms just the day before.  She was surprised how big the thing was, and just as I spoke the words ‘some of our moths are actually quite big’……a big moth fluttered into the tent and settled on our table.

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I took a walk along a section of the Fife Coastal Path earlier this week, between Kingsbarns and Crail.  There was a profusion of field scabious and bird’s-foot trefoil at one location and there was a profusion of burnet moths to match.
At first I was delighted that I’d merely seen one specimen, but we quickly noticed dozens more in the vicinity.  Wonderful flashes of colour on the coast, and a nice reminder that moths come in all shapes, sizes and colours.
Also a reminder of the pivotal role these wee creatures play in the wildflower world.  Just look at the pollen on its underside!

I took a walk along a section of the Fife Coastal Path earlier this week, between Kingsbarns and Crail.  There was a profusion of field scabious and bird’s-foot trefoil at one location and there was a profusion of burnet moths to match.

At first I was delighted that I’d merely seen one specimen, but we quickly noticed dozens more in the vicinity.  Wonderful flashes of colour on the coast, and a nice reminder that moths come in all shapes, sizes and colours.

Also a reminder of the pivotal role these wee creatures play in the wildflower world.  Just look at the pollen on its underside!

The Frog, the Pheasant and the Wren

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Sometimes, you have to go and actively seek out wildlife in order to see it.  Sometimes you might only see it from afar.  More often than not you don’t see it at all. 

To that end I’m always saying how keeping still, keeping quiet and remaining patient are the best ways of seeing wildlife out in the open.  That remains the case but even I’d admit there are times when, notwithstanding a nuclear blast down the road, wildlife is hell-bent on making itself known to you. 

Sometimes, it seems, said wildlife throws itself at you regardless of whether or not you’re looking for it.  And last week while I was working at Almondell & Calderwood Country Park this happened to me not once, not twice….but THREE times in three days!

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