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The trees of Dollar Glen

At Dollar Glen in Clackmannanshire, a steep-sided gorge contains an emerald world where the trees bend their mossy branches to the water.

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Athelstaneford – a dovecot, an elusive battle, and the legend of Scotland’s flag

What is an English-sounding name like Athelstaneford doing in eastern Scotland? And what does it have to do with our national flag?

On the shore of Loch Sween

Bird’s foot trefoil

Affectionately called ‘hen and chickens’ or ‘bacon and eggs’, the flowers of bird’s foot trefoil light up sand dunes, heathland and rocky shores



Purdey’s how-to video: putting small things under chairs

Great for rainy days… watch Purdey’s video and then try this for yourself!


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Doune Castle: seat of power

Is this my favourite castle yet? (It might just take the medieval biscuit!) The setting for ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ and now the new ‘Outlander’ series, Doune Castle is a delight to explore!

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Two old arches and a warning in stone

These two old arches in the Scottish Borders bear an intriguing inscription – and a salutary warning to passers by!

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Looking at brochs

Along with their mesmerising yet inexplicable carvings, the Picts left us another legacy: brochs. These impressive buildings were designed to last – but what were they used for?

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Ardchattan Priory: a place of serenity on Loch Etive

Tucked away along the tranquil shores of Loch Etive is this lovely little ruin, with a long history and an impressive medieval cross


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Hunting for wild flowers in North Yorkshire

A guest post by ecologist Rachel Bates… Rare plants, butterflies and moths in Yorkshire’s beautiful nature reserves


In a nutshell: the daisy or ‘day’s eye’

Known as the ‘day’s eye’, because the flowers open only in full sunlight and close up again at dusk. Perhaps we should feel guilty about mowing their heads off!


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New pencil study: barn owl

Beautiful softness and feather detail


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Fog bows