Category Archives: Ecology

Rhododendron clearance and biochar production

Carina and I are developing a concept for a social enterprise: combining clearance of Rhododendron ponticum (using the lever and mulch method) with biochar production. To this end we are buying a kin-tiki kiln from a smith in Northumberland. The

Rhododendron clearance and biochar production

Carina and I are developing a concept for a social enterprise: combining clearance of Rhododendron ponticum (using the lever and mulch method) with biochar production. To this end we are buying a kin-tiki kiln from a smith in Northumberland. The

Ferry Wood – Celtic rainforest fragment

Thanks to Ben Mitchell (seen here in a sea of garlic) for taking amazing images of the flora, fungi and slime moulds to be found in Ferry Wood. Also thanks to Stan, Ndurie and Carl for compiling plant lists for

Ferry Wood – Celtic rainforest fragment

Thanks to Ben Mitchell (seen here in a sea of garlic) for taking amazing images of the flora, fungi and slime moulds to be found in Ferry Wood. Also thanks to Stan, Ndurie and Carl for compiling plant lists for

Ferry Wood – December sunset and fallen leaves

Yesterday Carina, Capucine and I were in the wood pulling rhododendron seedlings. It was barely 4pm and the sun was down, but we could still see. Nearly all the oak leaves are now lying on the woodland floor, making an

Ferry Wood – December sunset and fallen leaves

Yesterday Carina, Capucine and I were in the wood pulling rhododendron seedlings. It was barely 4pm and the sun was down, but we could still see. Nearly all the oak leaves are now lying on the woodland floor, making an

Bee-yond the Beeline Walk

Originally posted on Let's Make a Bee Line:
So…the walk has happened…we raised a pile of cash ( currently at £2300 and rising…)…so what now? We intend to keep blogging about the Bee in all it’s wonder. We have…

Bee-yond the Beeline Walk

Originally posted on Let's Make a Bee Line:
So…the walk has happened…we raised a pile of cash ( currently at £2300 and rising…)…so what now? We intend to keep blogging about the Bee in all it’s wonder. We have…

Sound of Gigha

Visual artists (Julia Love Griffiths and Ann Thomas) and myself as a writer have come together to create a coastal meditation on a tiny area of West Scotland’s seaboard. We have used a variety of media including paintings and line

Sound of Gigha

Visual artists (Julia Love Griffiths and Ann Thomas) and myself as a writer have come together to create a coastal meditation on a tiny area of West Scotland’s seaboard. We have used a variety of media including paintings and line

Caledonian pinewoods

Recently I was in the Tyndrum area and made a pilgrimage to one of the Caledonian pinewoods immortalised in Steven and Carlisle’s famous book. The two men, academics at Aberdeen University, identified in the 1950’s the threat to Scotland’s remaining

Caledonian pinewoods

Recently I was in the Tyndrum area and made a pilgrimage to one of the Caledonian pinewoods immortalised in Steven and Carlisle’s famous book. The two men, academics at Aberdeen University, identified in the 1950’s the threat to Scotland’s remaining

Laying a hedge

I’ve just finished laying a hedge in the garden of Daisy Cottage, Tarbert. I think it may have been around 30 years old. Over the years it had received some pruning but in a haphazard way, largely to keep it

Laying a hedge

I’ve just finished laying a hedge in the garden of Daisy Cottage, Tarbert. I think it may have been around 30 years old. Over the years it had received some pruning but in a haphazard way, largely to keep it