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Storm Babet lifts up entire forest floor in remote Scottish woodland

By T.K. Randall
October 22, 2023 · Comment icon 3 comments

Storm Babet lifting the forest floor in Scotland.
The forest floor appeared to be 'breathing'. Image Credit: Twitter / X / David Nugent-Malone
The unusual phenomenon was recently captured on film by a dog walker in Stirlingshire.
Storm Babet has been wreaking havoc across the British Isles this week, but for dog walker David Nugent-Malone, the unusually rough weather manifested in a rather unexpected way.

He had been out walking his dog in woodland in Mugdock, Stirlingshire - something he'd done countless times before - when he noticed that the ground around him was moving.

As he watched, the entire forest floor seemed to be undulating up and down, as though breathing.

In some sections, it lifted up entirely - revealing a hollow area underneath.
"It was some weird anomaly in the woods, because behind us and to the side everything was relatively calm in comparison. The worst of the storm had hit through the night," Nugent-Malone wrote.

"We were out walking a route we've walked literally hundreds of times before on a day when it was windier than usual."

"We weren't sheltering from the storm, we were just walking the same old woody pathways."

"It took us by surprise and was more weird than scary."

You can check out the footage he captured below.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (3)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Essan 1 month ago
Seen footage like this a few times though never encountered it myself - the wind blows the trees and their roots lift the peat making the forest flood move
Comment icon #2 Posted by Still Waters 1 month ago
Same here, we've had footage like this posted before.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Crabby Kitten 1 month ago
The dog seems to be having fun with this moving floor.

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