The Worst Winter? – Muir of Dinnet NNR

Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve

“They said there’ll be snow at Christmas, they said there’ll be peace on earth. But instead it just kept on raining…” …yup, with you on that one, mate. We all picture snow at Christmas…or, at least, some nice frosty mornings. But we’re in a maritime climate here in the UK, which means our weather generally isn’t too extreme. We don’t get the really harsh, bitter, continental winters, nor do we swelter in 40+ Centigrade in the summer. And, over  the winter, the longed-for snow is far more likely to be mild weather(well, 2-6 degrees) and rain. But let me take you back to the winter of 2009/10….remember that one?

The Vat

I certainly do, especially when my feet get cold, as I got a toe nipped with frostbite that year! The snow started in early December and persisted, on and off, until February. We were working outside in minus 8…

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