As of February 2016, after 416 posts, and over six and a half years of blogging, I'm taking a break.
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Today I found a bomb from WWII !


Today Dad and I had a walk planned up on the moors to explore a new wood that was difficult to get to. I had planned the route last night, but when I got up this morning I could see those hills were covered in low cloud, so we decided to do a different route.

The wood we decided to walk in was Dougal's Cairn, which is a private deer forest which I have collected loads of great bones from. Dad suggested we search the south-east corner because we hadn't been there before, so we headed down the tracks that way.

A new book about bone collecting


There is a bone collector in Scotland with even more skulls than me. His name is Michael Fox and he has 1,000 skulls from all around the world ! He has been very kind to me and he gave me my first badger skull, a barn owl skull and a cool monkfish skull I haven't written about yet.

He has written a book called "The Beginners Guide to Skull Collecting" which you can buy at Blurb. Some books about skulls can be difficult for kids to read, but this is easy to read, and he has written 266 pages about his own skull collection, and how to find, prepare and identify skulls.

It has a very interesting book because it has photographs of lots of skulls I haven't seen before including a giraffe skull ! The Blurb page has a preview where you can see some of them.

The Beauly to Denny Power Line


Last week and today me and Dad went on a walk to a wood where there is going to be new huge power lines. The power lines are massive and will take power from renewable energy at the north of Scotland to the rest of Scotland. The route of the power lines means they go over a huge moor where I do a lot of exploring and bone collecting, past my village, past the castle near the village, over a big valley, through one of my favourite woods called Titus Well on the other side, over a moor and over a bit of another wood that I like called Dougal's Cairn.

Finding out a young deer's age by its teeth


When I find new deer skulls, or when I write about them here, I try to work out the age of them. Sometimes you can tell by the size, sometimes you can tell by whether the plates of the skull are fused, and sometimes the pedicles and antlers help. But the most useful way is to look at the teeth. The problem is that there is no proper guide which really helps, and the teeth of red and roe deer change at different types. There are guides like this one which don't go into enough detail and other guides like this which are okay but they are boring and written by scientists. So here is a guide I have written myself based on the red and roe deer skulls I have found.

My pig skull


When I met Mrs Powell at the Scottish Seabird Centre last year, we swapped some skulls. (I have written about one of the skulls I swapped her here, and wrote about the seal and puffin skulls she gave me back). The other main skull that she gave me was this pig skull. I had wanted a pig skull for a while, and it was one of the skulls I said I wanted to get in 2011. When I wrote that I wanted one, I thought I would have to get a pig head from a butchers, but I was pleased when Mrs Powell said she had one.

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