Monthly Archives: January 2016

Capercaillie counting

Our guest blogger today is Sarah West.  Sarah is the Capercaillie Project Assistant,  joint-funded by RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland.  Here she gives us a brief insight to the fifth national survey of this elusive bird; an … Continue reading

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Deadwood … good wood

There is great ‘natural’ value in deadwood, as Sarah Smyth of our Ecoystems and Biodiversity team explains. Trees contribute a huge amount as living organisms providing shelter and ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, pollution reduction, water runoff reduction , … Continue reading

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Eelgrasses – flowers beneath the tide

Eelgrasses (Zostera species) are amongst the very few flowering plants that live in seawater. Two (or possibly three) species grow around Scotland. They form beautiful underwater meadows that are havens for marine wildlife, and nursery areas for commercially important species, … Continue reading

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Species of the month – mycorrhizal fungi – a 400 million year partnership

When early plants started to colonise the land, 410 to 440 million years ago, they had a problem. While the nutrients they needed to grow moved to them in the water, on land they had to move to the nutrients. … Continue reading

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Snow: never enough, except when there’s too much ?

Today’s guest blog is courtesy of Dr Martin Kirkbride of the University of Dundee and reproduces an article that was first published in The Geographer (The newsletter of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society).  The subject is rather topical – snow. … Continue reading

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Birds and habitats – the domain of Rob Fuller

Andy Douse and Des Thompson reflect on the work of Professor Rob Fuller, who has recently retired as Director of Science with the British Trust for Ornithology. In 1982 an important volume was published in the now classic Poyser series … Continue reading

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Urban wildlife surprises

The Aberdeen Green Times recently published an interesting item drawing attention to urban species that turn up unexpectedly and create a bit of a surprise. The focus of their article was the water rail, but it could just as easily … Continue reading

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The Schools Hebridean Society – the Hebrides through young eyes

Our Principal Adviser on Biodiversity, Des Thompson, recalls the outstanding work of a small organisation operating in the Hebrides, and the influences of one of its Honorary Advisers, the Dean of Windsor. A Christmas round-robin from a former colleague, Jo … Continue reading

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Gulls Aloud

We say hello to our blogging activities for 2016 with a piece from Andy Douse who is a Policy & Advice manager here specialising in ornithology.  Here he takes a look at gulls …  from an urban perspective. It’s five … Continue reading

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