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Maxton Nature Watch

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Puss Moth at Maxton

Photographed on Sunday 24th April in Grantsfield, Maxton. Wingspan 45-70 mm. This species is fairly common throughout most of Britain. The adult is said to resemble a cat in appearance, hence the name. The striking caterpillar feeds on aspen (Populus tremula) as well as poplar (Populus spp.) and willow (Salix spp.). When disturbed, it raises its head and waves the twin tails, which ... [more]


Sunrise Sunset

Sunrise and sunsets from Rutherford ... [more]


Maxton Parish Moth Recording

During the course of 2011, Jeff Waddell, Moth Recorder for Roxburghshire, has been coming to the Parish with his moth traps to survey the moth population. He has now been five times and his records, as at 20th August 2011, are as follows: Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa) Antler Moth (Cerapteryx graminis) Barred Chestnut (Diarsia dahlii) Butterbur (Hydraecia petasitis) Cabbage Moth (M ... [more]


The Archaeology of Maxton Parish

Various articles about the archaeology of Maxton Parish will be linked from this section. The Early Peoples of Maxton Parish Field Walking at Rutherford - Introduction Rutherford Lithics Finds Field Walking Finds at Rutherford Archaeology Websites of Interest ... [more]


Birds of Maxton Parish

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Birds on the River Tweed

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December Frost 2007

The temperature on 21st December was -9 degrees centigrade at 8am and the attached pictures were all taken about 1pm. The Rutherford pictures by Geoff Parkhouse were taken at dawn. ... [more]


Butterflies & Moths in Maxton Parish

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Maxton Woods Fungi in September

All of the fungi pictured were photographed during one afternoon 12th September 2004. Only species can be given in most cases as identification of the individual fungus is not possible from a photo ... [more]


January/February Scenes and Plants

Photographs of this time of year are mostly scenic, but frost can be interesting too, as can the first signs of Spring. ... [more]


April in Maxton Parish

1st April - saw first Small Tortoiseshell in garden. 3rd April - Spotted Woodpeckers hammering away in the Woods. 10th April- Woods full of the scent of Wild Garlic. 11th April- First swallows of t ... [more]


May in Maxton Parish

12th May Orange Tip in Garden ... [more]


Maxton Flowers - August

All of the flowers to be seen below are presently flowering within Maxton Parish. ... [more]


Autumn Colours in Maxton Parish, Scottish Borders

As Autumn starts, the colours begin to change. With the dry Summer, the colours may well be brilliant this year. The first signs of Autumn are below: ... [more]


September Flowers and Fruits

The flowers and fruits shown below can be seen in Maxton Parish at present. ... [more]



A Bat-Watch led by a bat expert from Scottish Natural Heritage provided an interesting insight into the life of these remarkable animals. With the help of electronic bat-detectors, the group were abl ... [more]


Bats In the Belfry

Earlier this year Scottish Natural Heritage checked the roof space in Maxton Kirk for evidence of bats. It was discovered that there might be two different species of bat using the roof for summer bre ... [more]



A small group of people have started recording the wildlife of Maxton Parish. Five initial recording areas have been chosen covering a wide range of habitats. Individuals are also recording the wild ... [more]


Bird Boxes

The ten bird boxes purchased by Maxton 21 have now been put up. We will keep an eye on what, if anything, moves in, and report the outcome. ... [more]


The Early Peoples of Maxton Parish

THE EARLY PEOPLES OF THE MAXTON AREA There is no set date when anyone can say that people first stayed in the area. History has been divided into named periods purely to make reference easier, so I shall use the conventions of ‘ages’ which are accepted. Ages overlap, and all dates are approximate, and in early times very approximate. In simple terms: Stone Age – (mesolithic) from 8500 ... [more]


Rutherford Field Survey - Introduction

RUTHERFORD FIELD WALKING SURVEY: AN INTRODUCTION My name is Geoff Parkhouse, and I have been walking the fields of Rutherford Farm for several years now. I bag surface finds and record their position with GPS. I do not dig or excavate. The finds are brought to the surface by mostly ploughing and erosion. They are therefore not in their original context (where they were deposited). I report my f ... [more]


Rutherford Lithics Finds

RUTHERFORD LITHICS FINDS The finds at Rutherford cover two periods of Prehistory. The earliest finds are Mesolithic. These consist of small cores and microliths. They were made by hunter-gatherers who ranged up and down the Tweed Valley between around 8,500 BC to about 4,000 BC. If you take a moment to think about that, the recorded history of Scotland is about 2,000 years old (that’s when ... [more]


Fieldwalking Finds at Rutherford

Fieldwalking Finds 1) ‘Thumbnail’ scraper. A late Neolithic piece, just the size of your thumbnail. Beautifully finished, but broken on the left hand side. Was so much time taken over knapping this tool just to scrape flesh off a skin? 2) Hammerstone. Harder stones used to break flints apart. These can be distinguished by their chipped edges, usually in one area, caused by constant blows. ... [more]


Interested in Archaeology - Websites to Check

INTERESTED IN ARCHAEOLOGY? CHECK THESE WEBSITES: Border sites: Scottish sites: http://www.a ... [more]



Last update: 28/07/2017

Maxton Nature Watch
See also: Nature Calendar

Butterfly Gallery

Butterflies rest on Parish Competition Sunflowers

Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies