Monthly Archives: March 2018

Engaging Young People to Promote Responsible Access

David Henderson Howat, National Access Forum Convener, tells us about some of the inspiring projects on the ground, how young people greatly benefit from outdoor access, as well as how their ideas generated at the recent meeting will be taken forward.     … Continue reading

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Stoked on MS – the outdoors as natural healthcare

Andy McKenna is a professional mountain bike guide, living and working in Scotland – he also has Multiple Sclerosis. Diagnosed in 2007, seeking fun, adventure, friendship and solace in our awe-inspiring landscapes is even more important to him now as … Continue reading

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Exotic pets can be a danger to native wildlife

Pets that are released, or escape, into the wild can be a danger to our native wildlife. The European Union has placed some of the worst offenders a list of invasive alien species of concern. Stan Whitaker, our non-native species … Continue reading

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Getting to grips with an alien

It looks like a plant from another planet. The European Union has placed American skunk cabbage on a list of invasive alien species of concern.  Stan Whitaker, our non-native species adviser, looks at the implications for nature conservationists and gardeners.  The … Continue reading

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Prepare to be Amazed!

The Edinburgh Science Festival, running from 31 March to 15 April is celebrating bringing science to the people. Andy Dorin, our Forth Area manager was at the launch. A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be at … Continue reading

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Celebrating World Water Day with Peatlands

Since 2012, over 10,000 hectares of peatlands have been set on the road to restoration through the Scottish Government-funded Peatland ACTION initiative, coordinated by Scottish Natural Heritage. On World Water Day, Fiona Mann, Peatland ACTION Communications Officer, explains the importance … Continue reading

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Earball peucaig no bò riabhach?/A peacock’s tail or a brindled cow?

Cò fear as fheàrr a nì tuairisgeul de dh’aimsir deireadh a’ Mhàirt am-bliadhna? / Which is the better descriptor of the end of March this year? Trì Latha Sgathaidh na Bà Riabhaich Tha dà bharail eadar-dhealaichte mun aimsir a bhios … Continue reading

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How do you connect with rivers?

Victoria Keele is a PhD student funded by SNH and based at Plymouth University. Here she talks about her work investigating the multiple benefits that rivers in Scotland provide for human wellbeing. Hello! I am currently in the 3rd year … Continue reading

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#CycleForNature – From Hamilton to Dunoon

After an excellent first two days and having reached Hamilton in her first update, the schedule for day 3 of Francesca’s #CycleForNature was packed with visits to local projects that SNH supports. Let’s hear how the rest of the week … Continue reading

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Spring flowers for bumblebees

Early spring marks the turning of the year, and is one of the most crucial times in the life of our bumblebees, as Katy Malone, a Conservation Officer with Bumblebee Conservation Trust in Scotland, explains. Queen bumbles have been hibernating … Continue reading

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