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An unusual small estate on the edge of the Highlands with beavers

Summer at Bamff

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Flowers We had an American visitor here at the week-end who was astonished by the size of our flowers. She was a keen gardener and had some of the same flowers in her own garden as we have in ours, but she said ours were much bigger.  Flowers – gardens and wild flowers –  are a feature of Scotland that are possibly not as famous abroad as rugged mountains and bloody battles, but they are  one of the things I love about living here. This year has been a great year for growth as we’ve had plenty of rain and sunshine and the wild flowers have been a delight as well as the flowers in the garden. The flowers in my pots at the back have done wonderfully well and I haven’t even had to water them once. The yellow...

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Feral offspring, Pony extraction and Rewilding

Posted by on Aug 17, 2013 in Blog | 4 comments

George Monbiot’s “Feral” and our feral offspring I’ve been away from home, taking in a bit of the Edinburgh Book Festival where I heard the very inspiring George Monbiot speak about his wonderful new book on rewilding, “Feral”,  which give favourable mention to the Tay Beavers. I also saw some of the Fringe, including our son’s company, Clout Theatre’s  show, ‘The Various Lives of Infinite Nullity.’ (Which I loved, in spite of its  dark themes and bizarre twists, and fortunately, so did most reviewers). Did growing up here as feral children – as Sophie likes to claim – contribute in any way to our George’s curious and macabre imagination? Timber extraction by pony Returning (with a little relief) to the rural idyll that is Bamff I heard from Rachel DuBois in the top flat that some people had been...

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Beaver surgery and BBC’s the One Show at Bamff

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

I just got back from watching the beavers.  There were two of them out, an adult and a kit, grazing next to the pool, very relaxed, munching away on grass and other plants, sweet teddybearish expressions clearly visible through the binoculars.  As I headed home a vivid raspberry pink sunset was reflected in the still beaver pool behind the trees.  I was thinking about the remarkable week-end we had, when for once we were privileged to see, of all extraordinary things, the interior landscape of a living beaver. BBC’s One Show comes to film the beavers Roisin Campbell-Palmer of Royal Zoological Society of Scotland along with Helen Dickinson, Beaver Officer of the Tayside Beaver Study Group managed to successfully trap two of our beavers for the official monitoring programme, and then an operation, carried out by zoo vet Romaine...

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