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to the Novem­ber is­sue, my first with this bril­liant mag­a­zine. I’ve been a reader of BBCWildlife for many years, so it’s a great joy to be even more closely in­volved.

This time of year is a favourite of mine for coastal walks, par­tic­u­larly to enjoy the spec­ta­cle of over­win­ter­ing birds. I love be­ing in North Nor­folk as the sun goes down watch­ing the pink-footed geese com­ing in to roost on the wa­ter mead­ows at Holkham.

I’d like to get up to the High­lands again, too, to catch a glimpse of ptarmi­gan in their win­ter plumage on Cairn­gorm Moun­tain. On the other side of Loch Ness, the Ai­gas Field Cen­tre is con­tribut­ing to the cap­tive­breed­ing pro­gramme of our cover star, the Scot­tish wild­cat (see p26). The an­i­mals are pro­tected from ex­po­sure to peo­ple so I wouldn’t be able to see them, but you never know – there might be a truly wild one slink­ing through the nearby Cale­do­nian pine forests. Armed with my list of dis­tin­guish­ing fea­tures learned from our ar­ti­cle,, I might just spot it. Un­cer­tainty is half the fun of wi­wildlife watch­ing, isn’t it?

Sheena Har­vey Ed­i­tor sheena.har­vey@im­me­di­ate.co.uk Novem­ber 2015

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