The past few days have been spent on the road, back and forth to Perth in preparation for the Scottish Game Fair and attending an Understanding Predation workshop in Battleby (of which more to come).
Amongst a mountain of other work, we’ve moved a tonne of heather turf down off the hill at Bankfoot to adorn a live display of captive bred blackgame, ptarmigan and red grouse, as well as a capercaillie cock which promises to be the highlight of the Fair. It was great to meet so many readers of this blog at the game fair in 2014, and it would be good to see old and new readers again this year. I’ll be on the Heather Trust stand near the central enclosure for all three days, so please come by and say hello.
And also, I can’t resist saying that the last two nights I’ve come down from Perth, I’ve had some excellent close encounters with short-eared owls on the roadside near Leadhills. They are without question my favourite birds of prey, and if I hadn’t been so hungry this evening on the way down the road, I might still be parked up in the verge looking at them.