Monthly Archives: February 2016

Conservationists fight Aliens

Invasive Species Week starts today, as Iain Macdonald an SNH Biodiversity Adviser reveals, and sees a week of events across the UK to raise awareness about the problems caused by invasive animal and plant species. The idea of the week is … Continue reading

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Bird’s foot trefoil

The familiar and unpretentious bird’s-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) seems to be spread all over the Scottish landscape; it is found on grasslands, meadows, rock ledges, sand dunes, derelict sites and roadside verges. This perennial herb, member of the legume family (Fabaceae, … Continue reading

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Summers spent basking in the Sea of the Hebrides

Within a few weeks of the first satellite tags being attached to basking sharks  thousands of visitors were hooked on a website which followed the sharks as their movements were displayed online in close-to-real-time, as Dominic Shann reports. Twenty sharks … Continue reading

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Evanton Community Wood – A real community adventure….

Evanton village sits just off the A9 on the Cromarty Firth just 16 miles north of Inverness. A thriving village serving a local population of around 1200, Evanton has one amenity that has grown (literally) from strength to strength – … Continue reading

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Leaping the Avon once again

Weirs on the Avon Water have been a barrier to spawning grounds for Atlantic salmon for over a century.  This summer, a flagship partnership project funded by Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA’s) Water Environment Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund … Continue reading

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Saving the world isn’t just for the movies…

Will you be an everyday hero by taking small steps to help fight climate change? Changes can be as simple as turning your thermostat down just one degree, washing your clothes at 30°C, leaving the car for shorter journeys and … Continue reading

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Glasgow’s water voles

Today’s guest blog comes courtesy of Robyn Stewart, Glasgow’s Water Vole Ambassador. The discovery of thriving populations of water voles in a residential area of Glasgow away from traditional habitat is considered to be of national significance. SNH are supporting Glasgow City Council … Continue reading

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Species of the month – Brandt’s bat

Bats are notoriously tricky beasts to study. They’re small, nocturnal, can fly fast and many of the species look very similar. And when they’re not out and about, they are experts at hiding away in small cavities in buildings and … Continue reading

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