musings of a scottish smallholder

Phytoremediation August 14, 2011

Phytoremediation – what a wonderful word to say and a wonderful process. Plants cleaning up the industrial mess we leave behind.

Yet another use for willows which are grown on our smallholding and can be purchased through our website


Hedgehogs August 13, 2011

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European hedgehog (Erinaceus_europaeus)

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I’ve seen a lot of hedgehogs over the last couple of days and I’m not sure why. Perhaps they are young looking for new territories. At least one of them must be living in my 5 star Hedgehog Hilton that we built a few years ago.


Bees August 12, 2011

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It’s been raining for days and my new hive of honey bees have turned to my syrup for energy. I wonder what it tastes like to them after being on my flowers – fast food?


Butterflies August 7, 2011

The Small Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis urticae) is...

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I rescued a tortoiseshell butterfly today -there are so few of them this year I guess they need all the help they can get. Perhaps I should make a nectar feeder?