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Fossil plants in the Fossil Courtyard for Fossil Friday

That’s a lot of fossils in a title! I’ve decided to do a short blog post on the Fossil Courtyard in the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh (RBGE), one of the network of national botanic gardens in Scotland. The Fossil Courtyard

Posted in Edinburgh, Geodiversity, Palaeonotology, Scotland

Contributing to ‘Exploring the Environment’ MTA/AMI workshop, Stirling, April 20th 1000-1600

With the help of a number of other MTA and AMI members, I’ll be helping out at a CPD workshop for outdoor leaders who are members of the two Associations in the Stirling and Bridge of Allan area. I’ll be

Posted in Geodiversity, Mountain Training, Scotland, Woodlands

First shot of the Edinburgh Cycle Hire experience

Edinburgh has had a bike hire scheme for a wee while and I’ve had to rescue a couple of their bikes and also won a free pass for a day from Just Eat Cycles via a Twitter competition, so I

Posted in Cycling and bikes, Edinburgh, Pentlands, Scotland

Pavement Palaeontology in the press

Back in the dark days of December I took Teddy Jameson, a senior features writer for the Herald, and his colleague Gordon round some sites in central Edinburgh. Most of the sites are ones that I visit on the Pavement

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Posted in Geological Walks (urban), Scotland

Raptor death in the Pentlands: a bit of back story

You may already have read news reports of a dead peregrine falcon found in the Pentland Hills. Over the last few years, I have been lucky enough to see peregrines in the Pentlands, which are my Hills of Hame. I was

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Posted in Birding, Pentlands, Scotland

An Old Ne’er Day Review of 2018 and looking forward to 2019

The year has turned, by whichever of a selection of old European calendars you want to use, and the light begins to come back to the higher latitudes. In Scotland, today is the first day of the New Year. However,

Posted in Geological Walks, Mountain Training, Navigation, Scotland, Trips

Advanced First-Aid revalidation with BASP

My Mountain Training Association account helps keep the insurance and first-aid certification up-to-date by sending me emails to remind me when these things need to be renewed and updated on my profile. I may have in fact renewed them but

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Posted in Outdoor first-aid, Scotland, Trips

Hills of Hame now offering some urban exploration of Edinburgh via Airbnb experiences

Fossil fish and ammonoids on the streets beside famous landmarks? Hiking within sight of the centre of Edinburgh, but not among the crowds in Holyrood Park? Hills of Hame has offered these experiences, and others, since start-up in 2014. However, uptake from

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Posted in Geological Walks, Geological Walks (urban), Scotland

Forfar botanists commemorated by plants and in stone

Continuing the novel things I found while meandering in Angus a wee while back, we came across an amazing garden while is a tribute to a number of ‘lads o’pairts’ from the Forfar are who went on to make significant individual

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Posted in Mountains, Scotland, Trips

Kirriemuir: geo and munro

While roaming the Mearns with the kids we went to Kirriemuir on our travels. I’ve been through Kirrie a few times but had not noticed the links to two of my areas of interest. The square has several plaques to

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Posted in Geodiversity, Geological Walks (urban), Scotland, Trips
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