Monthly Archives: July 2016

Scotland’s Nature weekly

We thought we’d try out a different approach to our blog posts.  Rather than a blog dropping into your inbox three times a week, you’ll receive one notification but with two or three stories to enjoy. We’d love to hear … Continue reading

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So, what has crofting ever done for biodiversity?

The pressures of intensive farming have huge implications on biodiversity. In contrast, Scotland’s biodiversity strategy recognises the value of crofting and here we look at these benefits. The term ‘biodiversity’ has become a buzz word over the last few years. … Continue reading

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1691 donuts expended in the SUSTRANS Challenge

SNH staff walked the talk when they took up the SUSTRANS Challenge to get to work in a more sustainable way. SNH staff throughout Scotland have been playing a role in demonstrating their commitment to their health and wellbeing and … Continue reading

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Ar mìosan ainmhidheach – Animal months

The English calendar is based on the Roman model, but the Gaelic names for the months of the year are closely linked to Scotland’s environment and our Celtic heritage. Three of them recall animals, both wild and domesticated, as Ruairidh … Continue reading

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Ocean Junkyard

The shocking reality of the damage done to our marine wildlife by human rubbish is something we all need to think about.  Zeshan Akhter, SNH’s Biodiversity Strategy Officer, tells us more, and you’ll be surprised. “Well, you lot have set … Continue reading

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The alternative ‘NC500.8’

Scotland’s answer to Route 66, the North Coast 500, is being hailed as the new must-do cycle route.  SNH staff member Gill Agnew headed off to experience its spectacular scenery and thrilling ups and downs for herself. Genius! Recognise the … Continue reading

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Species of the month – the greenshank

Andy Douse, SNH’s Senior Ornithologist, tells us about these vocal waders you might be lucky enough to spot (and hear) at this time of year in the far north of Scotland. Back in early April, I’m sitting on a bare … Continue reading

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The scunner of another ripped manicure

Pruning away the dead wood of a champion crab apple causes huge amounts of pain and grief to Jim Carruthers, Battleby’s gardener, but every year he, and all of Battleby’s staff and visitors, are rewarded with the most spectacular froth … Continue reading

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Is Stirling ready for Halloween already?

No; as Athayde Tonhasca explains, these eerie-looking bushes in the Wickes car park are covered by webs produced by hundreds or perhaps thousands of caterpillars of small ermine moths. We tend to associate silk webs with spiders, but in fact … Continue reading

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