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Today, (friday) was one of the national goose count days. These are done across the country by dozens of people (largely volunteers) who all count “grey geese” -pinkfoot or greylag- on the same day. Most awesome tattoos ever this allows the populations to be estimated in the UK in any given year. Normally, you’re well compensated for the stupidly early start ….The sound of the geese, the first rosy flush of dawn in the sky, the anticipation of the morning flight. And I’ve had some magical mornings goose counting… but this wasn’t one of them. It was dark, cold, lashing down and the geese had chosen to spend the night elsewhere. Dawn was at best slow, colourless and reluctant, I could hardly hear for the rain banging off my waterproofs, my binoculars were useless with water and I got out of my bed before 5am to count 19 poxy geese, mutter, grumble, mutter….


But even that is one of the (somewhat dubious) charms of wildlife. If it was too easy and we saw these things all the time, we wouldn’t value them. So, even in the rain….Get out there!

But would you call a coal tit a “black ox-eye”? Some folk would, and I discovered that this week when a volunteer loaned us a book of scots bird names. Awesome bible verse tattoos some I knew, but a lot I didn’t, and I think it’s one of the charms of wildlife (and words) that every part of the country has their own name for the plants and animals that inhabit their area. I can appreciate there is a need to have a standard name for creature so everyone knows they’re talking about the same thing, but I love the local names – they often have a story behind them if you dig deeper. Awesome men tattoos one of the names I came across for cormorant was “mochrum elder”. This comes from south-west scotland, where a rock in the parish of mochrum was home to a large number of nesting cormorants. The locals thought they looked liked church elders, all standing around in their black clothes, gossiping…so they became “mochrum elders”. And I’ll leave you with a few from the reserve to have a guess at…what’s a “yella yitie” or a “mossy deuk” or a “laverock”?

Much like many of our scottish villages are twinned with other villages in the world, did you know muir of dinnet nature reserve is twinned with another nature reserve? The tradition of twinning villages started after world war two to foster friendships and understanding across different cultures. It also serves to promote tourism and trade; the example of the scottish village dull twinning with the US town of boring, oregon comes to mind…

We were twinned in part because of the huge similarities in our habitats and management strategies on our reserves. Here is a link to their booklet on the versigny reserve with information on the wildlife, history of the site and muir of dinnet connection (paragraphs in english if you scroll through); http://conservatoirepicardie.Org/actualites-agenda/le-livret-de-zouzou-est-arrive.

Hey! Some news from your twinned site of versigny in the north of france, a small paradise of heathlands protected by the conservatoire d’espaces naturels de picardie. In this little area of heathland, which is very rare in this part of france, nature lovers have to work hard to develop these beautiful natural areas and protect the rare species that are found here.

After big changes completed last year, and the opening of a series of trails to discover the versigny treasures, we’re ready to welcome our cattle and friends. Each year for ten years, parts of the national nature reserve (NNR) of versigny have been grazed by local cows. Pics of awesome tattoos each year our staff chooses an area to work and manage, then depending on its size, between seven and twelve young heifers are brought to the site with their farmer. This year seven animals spend five months in the NNR to graze almost 20 hectares of heathland and wet meadows.

The sites that are under water for a large part of the winter become workable in spring, with the heat and the plants. Cows are not only grazing purple moor-grass and wavy hair-grasses but also young heaths and young downy birches. So we can regenerate the typical meadows which were diminishing before. Animals and plants like it a lot and we can welcome again the roundleaved sundew or the bog bush cricket, some are very common in muir of dinnet NNR, but very rare here.