This section covers environmental issues to do with wildlife and the countryside. You are also encouraged to get out and about on foot and on your bike. Anthony Robson provides some suggested cycling routes and John Davidson has provided a number of walks you might like to try.

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A Walk in Bonaly Country Park

Walking the Pentland Hills is a delightful outing throughout the year.  If you think it’s always about hiking boots, a compass and several miles of terrain, then think again.  Elspeth Anderson takes a poetic – if damp – Sunday afternoon stroll in spring…

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Lothian Animal Life

After previously looking at local plant life, Anthony Poulton-Smith examines the etymology of fauna in the Lothian region:

The best-known and most easily recognised animal is the fox. Minor changes in pronunciation can be traced back through time in Saxon vohs, Proto-Germanic fuh, all the way back to Proto-Indo-European puk meaning ‘tail’.

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A Rose By Any Other Name

Anthony Poulton-Smith considers Lothian Floral Etymologies…

Ever since the ice sheets receded at the end of the last ice age our islands have been home to a rich variety of flora. Whenever we travel through the countryside, walk in the park, or even just look out of our windows, it is the plant life which turns a landscape into a view.

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Lochrin Belle

The very name is enchanting.

Think canal boats…the carefully refurbished Lochrin Belle.

Think canals…the peaceful, undulating Union Canal.

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Wonderful Williamston Wood

Devils Ditch and Wonderful Williamston Wood have been chosen by local children as names for two woods in Livingston cared for by the Woodland Trust Scotland.

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Walk – Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh

Corstorphine Hill is a name of significance for all walkers and hillwalkers, being an early case taken up by the “Association for the Protection of Public Rights of Roadway in and around Edinburgh”. Read the rest of this entry »

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