Monthly Archives: April 2016

What’s in a Pond?

Are Inverness drainage ponds supporting biodiversity and community health? Marcia Rae, Graduate Research Assistant – SuDS for Highland Council, looks at the benefits these drainage systems can give to urban living. The urban environment is increasing at an ever-faster rate … Continue reading

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Sailing in the wake of Hugh Miller – Part 2

Elizabeth Pickett, geologist and illustrator, continues the account of her trip around the Argyll islands on the Brixham sailing trawler, Leader, along with a crew of other geologists, artists, ecologists, musicians and storytellers. The second half of the cruise heads … Continue reading

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The problem with stoats in Orkney

Although stoats are commonly found on the Scottish mainland they are non-native to Orkney, and were first spotted in 2010. It might look cute but, this small, feisty predator has since spread across the isles, becoming a major cause for … Continue reading

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A great trail – the Arran Coastal Way

They say that the Isle of Arran is ‘Scotland in miniature’ but the Arran Coastal Way is anything but miniature. It is a challenging and rugged long distance route hugging the island’s coastline for around 65 miles. But don’t be … Continue reading

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Looking after the orchids

Iain Macdonald, SNH’s Biodiversity Strategy Officer, ponders a life-long love of wild orchids. Pot plants require care. I was reminded about that a few days ago when staff from the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh visited our office in Inverness. Laura … Continue reading

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Join the John Muir celebrations

With spring in the air, are you looking for something fun to do in Scotland’s outdoors? Then you’re invited to join the celebrations for the second anniversary of the John Muir Way! Events take place from 16-24 April across the … Continue reading

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Professor Duncan Poore – global conservationist

Roger Crofts, Founder CEO of SNH, and Des Thompson reflect on the life of the late Duncan Poore, former Director of The Nature Conservancy. On 12 April a Service of Remembrance was held in St John the Evangelist, Inverness, to … Continue reading

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Surfing dolphins and the scent of coconut

Nature is bursting into life at St Cyrus NNR. Therese Alampo, the Reserve Manager, describes the seasonal antics of its regular inhabitants as well as those of some of its more unusual visitors. The wild weather seems to be settling … Continue reading

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Species of the month – the narcissus bulb fly, a fly in bee’s clothing

In a few weeks your garden will be buzzing with bees, hoverflies and butterflies, all feverishly collecting pollen and nectar from your flowers. Bumble bees are some of the most conspicuous garden visitors, and easily recognisable by their coloration and … Continue reading

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To plant a rowan

From the ruins of old crofts to the landscaped grounds of Great Glen house, the rowan holds a special place in Scottish gardens. Iain Macdonald, SNH’s Biodiversity Strategy Officer, tells its story. I love photographs of isolated croft houses.  You … Continue reading

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