Woke up to falling snow so took a trudge through Morrone Birkwood near Braemar. This National Nature Reserve is renown for its lime rich soil making it unique in the highlands. Downey birch trees dominate along with juniper, birk being the Scots for birch. In the summer lime loving plants with rare butterflies and an even rarer snail. In the winter though the woods were eerily silent except for a roe deer that bolted across the path.