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Great Scot! (...tish tree planting) PDF Print E-mail

Friday 10 August 2012

Calling all Wildabout Tree-Planters!

Award winning Scottish conservation project "Trees for Life" is looking for help to plant 40K trees in the western Highlands this September. This is a fabulous opportunity for experienced tree planters to spend some time helping to reforest Trees for Life's own 10,000 acre Highland Estate. Accomodation and food is available but volunteers must be able to make their own way to Invermoriston, near Inverness. This request is going out to all those who are sufficiently experienced to be able to take a spade and planting bag, and head out planting across rough terrain, without close supervision. If you are interested in lending your support, contact Steve at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For less experienced people, who think they might enjoy a week of forest conservation work in the Highlands, in a group setting with more guidance and supervision, Trees for Life also run a regular programme of conservation holidays, which provide an opportunity for volunteers from all around the world, of all ages and backgrounds to help restore Scotland's natural environment.

Trees for Life is an organisation specifically dedicated to restoring the Caledonian Forest to a target area of 1000 sq miles in the Scottish Highlands. Working in partnership with the Forestry Commission, RSPB and private landowners, and own and manage the 10,000 acre Dundreggan Estate. For more information about the project, and for details of Trees for Life's conservation holidays, visit www.treesforlife.org.uk

An unusual sight! PDF Print E-mail

Monday 30 July 2012

As I was cycling my merry way to work this morning I found myself having to slam on the brakes and hastily grab for my phone.

The result is a rather unimpressive shot (hey, it was a camera phone in bad light!) of a very unusual looking bird that I managed to snap before it jumped out of view.

A bit of Googling and a brief check on the RSPB website tells me that this is most likely a Golden Pheasant, which is a pretty rare sight in the countryside, nevermind in an urban environment like Manchester.

If there are any bird experts out there (preferably ones that are good at working with blurry photos) then let me know if I'm right. I can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Don't be shy about sending your wildlife shots in either! We're always keen to host unusual spottings here.

Oh, and in case you want to try and spot this one yourself, I found him (apparently, it's the males with this plumage) along the wall of the shared pedestrian/cycle path that runs behind Owens Park campus in Fallowfield.


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