July is one of my favourite months of the year, as it is the peak time for a lot of activity in nature – the blossoming of many summer flowers, their pollination by a host of insects and the dispersal of young birds and mammals from their parents, to name some of the main events. In the middle of the month I spent a day in Glen Affric, visiting various areas of forest there, but the highlight of this trip was the time I spent with a few hogweed plants (Heracleum sphondylium) that were flowering beside the road, between Badger Falls and Dog Falls. Continue reading…
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