Monthly Archives: September 2014

Species of the month – Scots pine

More than any other tree, the Scots pine gives some of Scotland’s oldest Highland woods their distinctive appearance. The dark green of its canopy and the orange-brown of the trunks are part of that beauty. So, too, is the way … Continue reading

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Good news from Islay as chough population grows

A nutritious supper for fledglings is helping to prevent the loss of one of Scotland’s rarest resident breeding birds. Rae McKenzie from our Bowmore office on Islay explains. Scotland’s red-billed chough population is restricted to the islands of Islay and Colonsay … Continue reading

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The first of its kind

Martin Gaywood of Scottish Natural Heritage and Pete Hollingsworth from the Royal  Botanic Garden Edinburgh look at the new Scottish Code for Conservation Translocations. In recent years Scotland has seen an increasing number of ‘conservation translocation’ projects involving animals and … Continue reading

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Fungi forays: a safe way to enjoy nature’s larder

September is a great month for fungi foragers. If you were out walking through woodlands at the weekend you might have noticed an array of different types of fungi along the way. However, to take advantage of this free and … Continue reading

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Out of sight, brought to mind

How can we show people the rich variety of wildlife and the dramatic landscapes hidden in Scotland’s seas? How do we help people to gain a better understanding of an area’s special features and how they interact with each other? … Continue reading

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Passing through: autumn migration on Noss

Craig Nisbet is one of the seasonal rangers working on our Noss National Nature Reserve in Shetland. This is his last post from Noss this year as the island reserve will soon be closing and Craig will be flying south. … Continue reading

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Aliens in our mindst

Summer sees more people exploring the countryside, admiring the plants and animals. However, not all is as it seems, aliens might be lurking in the undergrowth! Sarah Smyth, our Biodiversity Implementation Officer, explains how work is afoot to tackle this … Continue reading

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Hugh Miller

Hugh Miller is not only Cromarty’s ‘most famous son’, he would be on many a list of ‘Great Scots’. Born in 1804 his name belongs in the ranks of the truly influential geologists and although he died when only 54 … Continue reading

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