Ragwort – Beautiful or Scourge

One of the things I noticed when I first moved up to Fife, was the lack of the very common flower/weed. ragwort! Personally I don’t mind the plant, it supports a reasonable amount of wildlife, but to farmers. it is a nightmare, as it is poisonous to horses and cattle – however, most horses and […]


Climate Change?

An interesting effect of our recent weather, something I’ve not seen before, is the profusion of fungi that are coming up at the end of June/beginning of July. We had a very dry, (76mm of rain over March, April and May (100mm less rain than average), according to the Scottish Environmental Agency) and relatively warm […]

Covid 19 – Some Of The Less Obvious Effects

The Covid 19 Flu pandemic has been written about ad nauseam, so I won’t add to it in this post. However, some of the effects of the pandemic are less obvious, such as the cutting of the grass in the local parks around Glenrothes. I hadn’t ever noticed how often the grass was cut, until […]