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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.
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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At Easter, the last stretch of the Loch Leven heritage trail opened and finally it was possible to walk or bike around the entire loch.  A superb 12 mile circuit around the National Nature Reserve.
Inevitably, the new path through the fields looked a bit bare to start off with, having been freshly landscaped, but in the past couple of weeks the grasses have surged, the wildflowers have bloomed and it all looks much more natural.

At Easter, the last stretch of the Loch Leven heritage trail opened and finally it was possible to walk or bike around the entire loch.  A superb 12 mile circuit around the National Nature Reserve.

Inevitably, the new path through the fields looked a bit bare to start off with, having been freshly landscaped, but in the past couple of weeks the grasses have surged, the wildflowers have bloomed and it all looks much more natural.

I was out on my bike yesterday, pedalling up the loveliest glen in the Lomond Hills and I stopped at this waterfall to rest my legs.  While I was sat on a rock I watched a dipper climbing up fairly steep rocks to the right of the waterfall.
It was hopping in and out of the spray…and I admit I was tempted to do the same thing as it was so hot in the sunshine! 
I was out on my bike yesterday, pedalling up the loveliest glen in the Lomond Hills and I stopped at this waterfall to rest my legs.  While I was sat on a rock I watched a dipper climbing up fairly steep rocks to the right of the waterfall.
It was hopping in and out of the spray…and I admit I was tempted to do the same thing as it was so hot in the sunshine! 

I was out on my bike yesterday, pedalling up the loveliest glen in the Lomond Hills and I stopped at this waterfall to rest my legs.  While I was sat on a rock I watched a dipper climbing up fairly steep rocks to the right of the waterfall.

It was hopping in and out of the spray…and I admit I was tempted to do the same thing as it was so hot in the sunshine! 

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