Grain revival

I have been much heartened by what our farming neighbours in West Kintyre have been up to. The Jones of South Muasdale farm have recently harvested crops of oats and barley. The Scottish climate is ideally suited to these grains.

Grain revival

I have been much heartened by what our farming neighbours in West Kintyre have been up to. The Jones of South Muasdale farm have recently harvested crops of oats and barley. The Scottish climate is ideally suited to these grains.

Nature-based solutions

At last we have a balanced ecological approach to Nature-Based Solutions (NbS) thanks to a new report by the British Ecological Society. Until now lobbyists and special interest groups have been jumping on the NbS bandwagon, claiming their business/industry will

Nature-based solutions

At last we have a balanced ecological approach to Nature-Based Solutions (NbS) thanks to a new report by the British Ecological Society. Until now lobbyists and special interest groups have been jumping on the NbS bandwagon, claiming their business/industry will

New Paradigm – part 3

The third dimension of a new paradigm for the landscapes of the north and west of Scotland is the return of people to the land. Areas like Argyll are currently depopulating, but the tide can turn for our small, scattered

New Paradigm – part 3

The third dimension of a new paradigm for the landscapes of the north and west of Scotland is the return of people to the land. Areas like Argyll are currently depopulating, but the tide can turn for our small, scattered

New Paradigm for West Scotland – Part 2

Fenton’s strategy for the uplands of West Scotland is a wilderness one: freeing up natural systems to evolve without interference. He is concerned about how sitka plantations here are freely seeding into open moorland, changing the natural ecology. He is

New Paradigm for West Scotland – Part 2

Fenton’s strategy for the uplands of West Scotland is a wilderness one: freeing up natural systems to evolve without interference. He is concerned about how sitka plantations here are freely seeding into open moorland, changing the natural ecology. He is

New Paradigm for West Scotland – 1

The next couple of posts are based on the work of James Fenton, an ecologist living in the Oban area who has worked in the Antarctic and the Falklands as well as the Scottish Highlands. In a paper called: “Towards

New Paradigm for West Scotland – 1

The next couple of posts are based on the work of James Fenton, an ecologist living in the Oban area who has worked in the Antarctic and the Falklands as well as the Scottish Highlands. In a paper called: “Towards

Which way bioregioning?

Recently I read a review by Mike Small about the exchange of letters between the pioneer urban and environmental planner Patrick Geddes, a Scot, and Lewis Mumford, his USA disciple, who went on to set up the Regional Planning Association.

Which way bioregioning?

Recently I read a review by Mike Small about the exchange of letters between the pioneer urban and environmental planner Patrick Geddes, a Scot, and Lewis Mumford, his USA disciple, who went on to set up the Regional Planning Association.

Wheel of Life – Part 3

How to Avoid Breakdown The Wheel of Life seems to turn inexorably, leading to collapse and breakdown, which allows new systems to emerge. But there is a way for a large, complex system to avoid breakdown, and this is where

Wheel of Life – Part 3

How to Avoid Breakdown The Wheel of Life seems to turn inexorably, leading to collapse and breakdown, which allows new systems to emerge. But there is a way for a large, complex system to avoid breakdown, and this is where

Wheel of Life – Part 2

Fleming then produces a hexagonal diagram that creates an additional two phases: the Release phase is followed by “Break-up”, while exploitation is followed by “Reconnection and Growth”, which then leads into the conservation phase. He defines the period of greatest

Wheel of Life – Part 2

Fleming then produces a hexagonal diagram that creates an additional two phases: the Release phase is followed by “Break-up”, while exploitation is followed by “Reconnection and Growth”, which then leads into the conservation phase. He defines the period of greatest

The Wheel of Life – 1

All systems go through various phases or stages. I first came across the cycle of exploitation-conservation-release-reorganisation- in the field of ecology where it is known as the cycle of succession), but then came across it again in the work of

The Wheel of Life – 1

All systems go through various phases or stages. I first came across the cycle of exploitation-conservation-release-reorganisation- in the field of ecology where it is known as the cycle of succession), but then came across it again in the work of

Before and After

It is great to track changes in the wood, especially in relation to rhododendron clearance. Look at the two pictures below: the upper was taken a week ago (June 2020) and shows an oak in full leaf, plus oaks behind,

Before and After

It is great to track changes in the wood, especially in relation to rhododendron clearance. Look at the two pictures below: the upper was taken a week ago (June 2020) and shows an oak in full leaf, plus oaks behind,