Perth & Kinross Countryside
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The National Trust for Scotland
A vital conservation charity protecting Scotland's coast, wilderness, wildlife and countryside for the good of all. Funded largely by donations, membership is very affordable, comes with a raft of benefits and supports their work.
With cosy log cabins in woodland, stone built cottages, romantic treehouses with spectacular views, grand lodges including one beside a waterfall to glamping domes and even a small castle.
Get away from it all in your own rural farmhouse on the bank of the River Almond surrounded by magical scenery or stay in the peaceful, luxurious White Tower of Taymouth Castle.
Looking closer at the common things
We are living in strange times and for most of us life has changed beyond recognition. Nature can provide welcome solace during these troubling days and I find it especially reassuring to see the constancy of natural cycles while everything … Continue reading →
Wet wet wet
Wow, it’s been wet lately. Reserve manager Neil and reserve officer Jeremy can’t remember the water level ever being this high. Our new boardwalk at the pier is usually a good two feet above ground, but has been submerged in … Continue reading →
You’ll get round, but it’s not easy!
We never close the trail at Loch Leven. After every storm we are out checking for dangerous trees and blockages. Unfortunately a lot of the trail is built on reclaimed land and there are bits under water. The worst bits … Continue reading →
Back to the depths of winter
Snow has dominated this week. The Lomonds actually look like big mountains when they are covered in snow. This looks like a pleasant wintry scene but it was exceptionally cold while out on the Polaris checking to see if any … Continue reading →
The weather has been highly variable over the last couple of weeks. Last week the cold freezing fog gave way to spectacular bight sunshine. This shroud of fog continued into throughout the day on the south and east shore. The … Continue reading →
An hour for wetlands?
Sunday is World Wetlands Day, and I was sitting at my desk listening to the rain on the window and started thinking about how I could possibly sell the benefits of all the water that is coming down from the … Continue reading →
Waxwings are back
I had something to post this lunchtime so I decided to walk down to the post box. I’d been eying up the remaining berries on an ornamental Rowan Tree at the end of Burns Begg Street recently. I was surprised … Continue reading →
There are many squirrels around the reserve at the moment. We use the feeder outside the office to monitor squirrels locally. We had two on one day last week. Other wildlife in the car park includes this lovely male Kestrel … Continue reading →
Can cutting down trees ever be good for nature?
Cutting down trees is probably a far cry from what most people would think of as nature conservation, especially when it comes to native species. Yet we’ve recently been putting the chainsaws to good use and removing willows in several … Continue reading →
Perthshire country estate latest business to join scheme safeguarding area’s trees
A Perthshire country estate has become the latest business to join a scheme that works to support the area’s greenery.
Police hunt Christmas tree thieves who cut down rare spruce at Perthshire wood
Police are hunting Christmas tree thieves who uprooted an endangered spruce from a Perth forest.
All about the pinks
We’ve been having frosty mornings here and it’s beginning to feel like winter has come early. Ice is forming on the loch, trees have dropped most of their leaves, and the office kettle has seen its use increase dramatically! This … Continue reading →