Monthly Archives: September 2017

National Poetry Day – our favourites

Scotland’s array of beautiful environments remain the muse of many traditional and contemporary poets, songwriters and artists. Inspiration can be often found during an ascent in the Cairngorms; in morning’s birdsong; or upon reflection of evening’s sundown. As part of … Continue reading

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Walking with whales – again

Last year Ron Macdonald, formerly of SNH, described the thrill of observing two humpback whales off the Ythan estuary in Aberdeenshire. A year later, in early August, a humpback whale was spotted off St Cyrus National Nature Reserve and Ron … Continue reading

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Let’s head to Taynish

Now is the time to celebrate Taynish National Nature Reserve’s 40th Anniversary. Today (Friday) and tomorrow there are plenty of events to enjoy at the Reserve. But even if you can’t manage along there are lots of good reasons to … Continue reading

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Facelift for peat hags

Peatland ACTION have been hard at work on Beinn Dubh and Mid Hill high above the shores of Loch Lomond. The team have been using the healing powers of sphagnum moss to give old peat hags a facelift in an … Continue reading

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A’ tilleadh air thòir nam maorach as t-Sultain – The ‘r’ returns and so do the shellfish hunters!

A’ tilleadh air thòir nam maorach as t-Sultain ’S ann as t-Sultain a bhios mòran de luchd-rùrachd a’ chladaich a’ tilleadh don tràigh-mhaorach, mar a mhìnicheas Ruairidh MacIlleathain: Tha e na chleachdadh cumanta gun a bhith a’ rùrachd airson maoraich … Continue reading

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“I feel I am Home! I love it!”

Vicki Mowat, a member of our Press and PR team, recently headed out to Loch Lomond to join a group of refugees at Inchcailloch. Here she reflects on a very successful Govan Community Project trip. A few weeks ago, we … Continue reading

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Inspired by nature

National Nature Reserves are amongst the most inspirational places in Scotland. Fabulous for nature and great places for people, they showcase the very best of Scotland’s natural heritage. That’s why they are our theme for September. Throughout the month we … Continue reading

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Meet the manager – Neil Mitchell, Loch Leven NNR

We continue our social media spotlight on National Nature Reserves today with a short interview with our reserve manager at Loch Leven  – Neil Mitchell. He introduces a site that is handily placed for the central belt, and recalls a … Continue reading

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Let’s head to Creag Meagaidh

  Tell us about the benefits of pioneering conservation work on Creag Meagaidh? From the 1700s heavy grazing by sheep and deer on what is now the reserve ground meant few trees could survive and much of the wildlife that … Continue reading

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Social Housing & Green Infrastructure

Ivan Clark, of our Plan and Placemaking team, explains how high quality green spaces provide opportunities for nature to thrive and for people to connect with nature close to where they live. There are still many places in Scotland, often … Continue reading

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