Monthly Archives: May 2015

Species of the Month – corncrake

The sound of corncrakes calling on summer nights was once a feature of meadows across Scotland. But both flower-rich grasslands and corncrakes have become scarce. For more than 40 years, Scotland has been home to almost all the corncrakes that … Continue reading

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All systems go for residents of Noss NNR

Craig Nisbet is the Reserve Manager at our Noss National Nature Reserve. It is one of two Shetland reserves we have and a haven for all sorts of seabirds (and much more besides).  Here Craig gives us the first of … Continue reading

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The value of worms and a belted beauty

Athayde Tonhasca is a specialist adviser at Scottish Natural Heritage with a particular interest in invertebrates. Here he takes a look at some of the less glamorous species of the natural world – earthworms, and a rather curious moth. In … Continue reading

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Spring stories from Muir of Dinnet

Squirrels and slow worms have been amongst the highlights at our Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve lately, as Catriona Reid (the Reserve’s Manager) reports in this May update. Down by the water things have been stirring too, so, all … Continue reading

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Deer count from the air

Jamie Hammond is a Deer Management Officer for Scottish Natural Heritage. One of the more dramatic tasks he works on is helicopter-based census work. It’s a tried and trusted way to accurately count deer, and here he reveals a little … Continue reading

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A new look for our oldest NNR

The sun was shining on Rob Gibson as he cut the ribbon to officially open the new facilities at Beinn Eighe and Loch Maree Islands National Nature Reserve on Saturday. Around 50,000 people who visit the UK’s oldest NNR each … Continue reading

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Words and outdoor worlds: nature writing at Moniack Mhor

Linda Cracknell is a writer of fiction and non-fiction with strong links to nature and landscape. Here she whets our senses with words for outdoor places. Get someone to close their eyes and bury their hands and nose in a pile of last autumn’s … Continue reading

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Newt homes for great crested Highlanders

In 2007 a Black Isle dog walker noticed a strange looking newt. A few months later, also on the Black Isle in the Highlands, a schoolboy discovered a great crested newt breeding site. Before this, there were only a dozen … Continue reading

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The capercaillie

The capercaillie is the world’s largest grouse which, in Scotland, lives in open mature pinewoods. One of our most elusive birds it probably became extinct in Britain in the mid-18th century, largely due to the destruction of native woodland habitat.  … Continue reading

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