Monthly Archives: October 2016

Connecting people to nature – a key outcome of the World Conservation Congress

Fantastic Beasts’ actor Alison Sudol and executives from National Geographic, Parks Canada, Google Earth Outreach and Vulcan Productions were just a few of many leaders that took part in the launch of the #NatureForAll movement at the 2016 IUCN (International … Continue reading

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In search of the Pyrenean newt

Why am I at the top of a mountain in a thunder storm holding a 2 metre-long piece of metal? Well, what else would you do on holiday? SNH’s David O’Brien reveals more. I’ve been working with Dr Àlex Miró … Continue reading

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Are we seeing a return of the humpback whale to Scottish waters?

Over the summer and autumn I’ve enjoyed the thrill of watching two humpback whales feeding and breaching off the Sands of Forvie National Nature Reserve in Aberdeenshire. Is this a one-off or are we seeing a wider population recovery in … Continue reading

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Do you know how to read a map?

Did you know that 86% of British people can’t place Edinburgh correctly on a map? London is better known, although a full 40 percent couldn’t pinpoint it on a map either, according to new research by Ordnance Survey. With almost … Continue reading

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Mapping machair

Professor Stewart Angus, SNH Coastal Ecologist, looks at how we are mapping a special feature of Scotland’s coastal environment – machair. Only two countries in the world have machair, the shell-rich dune grassland that can be so spectacular in summer, … Continue reading

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Species of the month – the oak marble gall wasp

You would never imagine that tiny, obscure wasps like this could have a place in British history, or indeed have contributed to the culture and literacy of the Western world. But follow Athayde Tonhasca’s thread. Let there be gall enough … Continue reading

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An unwelcome arrival

The Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) has been sighted in Gloucestershire, possibly making its way into the UK from France. This is not good news because Asian hornets are aggressive predators, feeding on honey bees and other insects – although we … Continue reading

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