On a cold day on Cairn Gorm there was little to occupy the attention – until the appearance of a ring ouzel signalled the return of spring

Go-back, go-back, go-back! A red grouse was calling just above the car park, at the bottom of the path to the summit of Cairn Gorm. For a moment I was tempted to heed his advice and retreat to the nearby café.

But my children were uncharacteristically enthusiastic about the idea of walking up the mountainside; buoyed, no doubt, by the prospect of playing in the snow. And so we headed up the path.

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Source: Guardian Climate Change