Bamboo for Dinner

A new bamboo plantation that explains the story of Edinburgh pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang’s favourite food has opened at Edinburgh Zoo. Next to the famous giant panda enclosure, a small working nursery is packed with 250 bamboo plants and contains five different species of tried and tested bamboo species that are Sunshine and Sweetie’s favourites.

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Seasons Turning in Musselburgh

We barely seem to have had a summer and already autumn’s in the air! But this time of year is a great time to go birdwatching along the coast near Musselburgh.

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Homes for Hoverflies

Ever spotted the aspen hoverfly winging its way past you? Chances are you haven’t. These endangered insects are one of the UK’s rarest hoverflies.

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The Dells Come Alive in Spring

Edinburgh is a city blessed with a lot of green spaces that are home to an impressive array of wildlife. One of my favourites is Colinton and Craiglockart Dell which stretches alongside the Water of Leith from Slateford to Colinton.

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Otter Pups Don’t Mind the Cold

After spending the first few months of their lives hidden away, Edinburgh Zoo’s oriental small-clawed otter pups are finally ready to make an appearance , and photographer David Meikle was lucky to be there to snap them!

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Hedgehog Haven

Coming home one night I saw the outline of a hedgehog in the middle of the road. For a brief moment, the animal froze like a living statue; I acted instinctively and slammed on the brakes; the animal gave me a considered look, wheezed over to the verge on the other side and vanished into the hedgerow.

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