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Re: Moth ID please

by stirlingdavo
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:08 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Moth ID please
Replies: 2
Views: 301

Re: Applauding our fantastic NHS

I just feel it’s patriotic nonsense, gives us a sense of that great British bulldog spirit you know - everybody pulling together and all that. A great way to plaster over the cracks and ignore the reality. The reality is we are in this mess now. The NHS may be underfunded and lacking resources, but...
by stirlingdavo
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:38 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Applauding our fantastic NHS
Replies: 40
Views: 1916

Re: Knoydart brings a smile back to Weasel faces

Your caterpillar is a Ruby Tiger moth. More commonly seen in the spring when fully grown and when they've become a uncolorous reddish-brown.

Cheers David
by stirlingdavo
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:38 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Knoydart brings a smile back to Weasel faces
Replies: 7
Views: 1006

Re: Am Basteir: an Executed Circular Compleation

Congratulations Nigel :clap: And a great report befitting of a great journey.
by stirlingdavo
Mon May 20, 2019 8:40 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Am Basteir: an Executed Circular Compleation
Replies: 39
Views: 3500

Re: Holiday in Kinlochewe - wind, snow and (finally) sunshin

After crossing the stream we found a whole series of man made pools, interlinked in circuits. I don’t think I’ve encountered this before, not sure of the purpose, but there must have been 50 or more pools. This was probably a peatland restoration project - they tend to result in lots of little pool...
by stirlingdavo
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:11 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Holiday in Kinlochewe - wind, snow and (finally) sunshine
Replies: 13
Views: 1856

Re: Yet another parking question - Balmoral/Crathie

Pay and display machines were not in use when I was there two weeks ago. I can't recall seeing any signs forbidding overnight parking.

Cheers David
by stirlingdavo
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:33 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Yet another parking question - Balmoral/Crathie
Replies: 6
Views: 783

Re: Conservation in the 21st Century

Do you have any particular qualifications or expertise which might lend some credibility to your unorthodox views? If the OP is who his username suggests then he may know just a little about the subject..... In my view at least, he has a point that should be heard. We should be debating the issue m...
by stirlingdavo
Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:33 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Conservation in the 21st Century
Replies: 16
Views: 1885

Re: Scots Magazine - Jan '19 issue

Try ebay, there's at least one in 'completed items' that didn't sell. You could try contacting the seller.

Cheers David
by stirlingdavo
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:45 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Scots Magazine - Jan '19 issue
Replies: 10
Views: 1228

Re: They called, I went.

Woo!! Congratulations!! :clap:

Glad you got a good day for it. Now time to get cracking on those corbetts!
by stirlingdavo
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:09 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: They called, I went.
Replies: 36
Views: 8040

Re: Any Bee expert out there?

Pretty sure this is Tachina grossa, a big tachinid fly that parasitizes large caterpillars.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tachina_grossa

A rather grizzly life cycle...... :shock:

Cheers David
by stirlingdavo
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:45 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Any Bee expert out there?
Replies: 6
Views: 1122

Re: stone stacking on beaches, bad or ok?

OK I've finally bitten on this one. What the bloody hell has golf courses got to do with this? Whilst I appreciate golf is not everyone's cup of tea, it is still a game enjoyed by many from all walks of life involving some form of exercise and much banter by albeit, alas these days, generally agein...
by stirlingdavo
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:08 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: stone stacking on beaches, bad or ok?
Replies: 78
Views: 7980

Re: Wild camping during stalking season

Stalking very much does take place on NTS, John Muir Trust and Forestry Commission lands, but there are no restrictions on walking (their stalking isn't based around satisfying paying clients so they can work around the problem of walkers). Most advice given by estates during the stalking period is ...
by stirlingdavo
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:22 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Wild camping during stalking season
Replies: 11
Views: 1935

Re: Flora Identification

These look like the reproductive capsules of a moss - perhaps one of the haircap moss species which are common in the Scottish hills.

Cheers David
by stirlingdavo
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:29 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Flora Identification
Replies: 5
Views: 701

Bear-ly journalism.....

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/news/the-wonder-of-natural-beauty/0018313/ Anyone else heard of a Californian Brown Bear? Nope me neither. Nor has google. "These big beasts are common throughout the Californian mountains, but shouldn’t be confused with grizzly bears." American brown bears ...
by stirlingdavo
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:38 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Bear-ly journalism.....
Replies: 1
Views: 476

Re: Moss or Lichen?

I wouldn't like to hazard a guess at the species, but it is a moss and not a lichen.
by stirlingdavo
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:40 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Moss or Lichen?
Replies: 4
Views: 776
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