Monthly Archives: May 2018

Orcas, Warships and Seasearch

Today we have a further insight into the contribution volunteer citizen scientists make to marine conservation in Scotland. Our guest post today comes from Natalie Hirst, a coordinator for Seasearch Scotland. Seasearch is a project for volunteer sports divers who have … Continue reading

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The harbour seals of Loch Fleet NNR

As part of our ‘Marine’ themed month, a collaborative blog has been written by Adam Rose (SNH Operations Officer, Sutherland) and Becky Hewitt (University of Aberdeen). They tell us about Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve, with a particular emphasis on … Continue reading

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The wonders of Clyde Valley Woodlands NNR – 6 year transformation

For the past six years the stunning Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve has been transformed.  Martin Twiss, Operations Officer based at our Hamilton Office explains how the area has benefited enormously from the activities and energy of the Clyde … Continue reading

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Set sail to protect Scotland’s whales and dolphins

Volunteer citizen scientists make an important contribution to marine conservation in Scotland. One organisation that works with volunteers and which we are pleased to support is the Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust. As our focus is on marine work this … Continue reading

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Nature for future Generations – where next?

Cath Denholm,  our Deputy Chair, shares reflections on this week’s British Ecological Society/UK Government Conservation Agencies’ Conference on nature for future generations. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I was invited to attend the Nature for Future Generations conference … Continue reading

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Faclan Gàidhlig agus a’ mhuir / Gaelic words and the sea

’S e Ceit Langhorne a sgrìobh am bloga againn an-diugh. Tha i na Neach-taic Corpais aig Dachaigh airson Stòras na Gàidhlig (DASG) aig Oilthigh Ghlaschu. ’S e tasgladh digiteach a th’ ann an DASG ’s e stèidhichte air cruinneachadh de … Continue reading

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St Cyrus’ most wild and rare

Simon Ritchie is the newly appointed Seasonal Reserve Assistant based at the SNH St Cyrus National Nature Reserve (NNR), north of Montrose. Growing up in the area, Simon has developed a wealth of experience, and knowledge of the reserve. As … Continue reading

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Loch Leven Special Protection Area named a finalist for 2018 Natura 2000 Awards

Scottish Natural Heritage and partners were recently shortlisted for a prestigious Natura 2000 award. Karen Mitchell, Operations Officer based in our Battleby office has just returned from the award ceremony in Brussels. Here’s the low down of the prestigious event. … Continue reading

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Great skua behaviour and Fair Isle’s lifeline

Fair Isle is Britain’s most remote inhabited island, 38 km from the next nearest island and 125 km from the northernmost tip of the UK mainland. A boat runs from the island but most visitors and most of the 60 … Continue reading

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Our dear green spaces – let’s celebrate the Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival

This year, RSPB Scotland is teaming up with partners and community gardens to celebrate Glasgow Garden Festival’s 30th Anniversary.  Scottish Natural Heritage are delighted to co-sponsor these celebrations.  Fiona Weir, RSPB Giving Nature a Home project manager, tells us why … Continue reading

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