The chaffinch is champion in the Big Garden Birdwatch census

By John Knox Once more the cheerful, singing chaffinch has won top place in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Like 45,000 other Scots, I spent an...

Friday song: Hurricane Bawbag

The Sensational Alex Salmond Band have produced another topical video by way of accompaniment to their new EP, Hackgate. Written and performed by Mr Meteorology,...

From Kon-Tiki to Plas-tiki

by John Knox A curious vessel, made from 12,500 used plastic bottles, has just completed an 8,000-mile voyage across the Pacific Ocean. The aim was...

Scots asked to prepare for remnants of Hurricane Katia

Travellers in Scotland are being asked to take care tomorrow and to allow extra time ahead of the expected arrival of the remains of...

Under Canvass: Election candidates who enjoy the outdoors life

In the third part of our series of interviews with election candidates who have an interest in the outdoors, we talk to John Lamont...

Outdoors: The Journey or the Destination?

The Mountains of Kyrgyzstan Picture by P K Nirvana (creative commons) This was the very first question that I asked the internet girlfriend I’d not yet...

Bureaucracy, balance and mayhem – six short cycling videos

Obstructions, infractions … and pain An entertaining video from the United States, where filmmaker Casey Neistat reacted to an urban cycling-hassle incident by making his...

It's a difficult time for birds

The daylight-lite depths of winter can feel attritional even in seasons much milder than the one we’re currently enduring, but the end of 2010...

IN PRAISE OF WALKING

The month of May is, apparently, “national walking month”. Citizens across the UK are being urged to propel themselves on foot instead of (or...

The joy of slime-covered jodhpurs: diary of a Pony Club Mum

By Elizabeth McQuillan I only wanted to watch my daughter ride at the Pony Club show. In fact, I had showered and changed out of...