Monthly Archives: June 2018

Peatland ACTION – changing the landscapes of Scotland!

Peatland ACTION are working to restore degraded peatlands and breathe life back into this habitat, as Project Manager Andrew McBride explains… In your mind…picture Scotland’s peatlands. No doubt a vision of a large, expansive, remote brown coloured landscape. The image … Continue reading

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Astonishing facts about place names – folklore of the Gaels.

This blog explores part of the rich folklore of the Gaels and the importance of the Gaelic heroines of Scotland and Ireland in the naming of places.  A must read.… An English translation is below Gaelic text. Na Dùin a … Continue reading

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Celebrating the achievements of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative

On 27 June, SNH Operations Officer Neville Makan attended an event in Stirling celebrating the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative. This partnership between local authorities, agencies, and charities has spent nearly 4 years working to conserve habitats and footpaths and provide … Continue reading

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Celebrating a decade of the Ayrshire Coastal Path

To celebrate 10 years of the Ayrshire Coastal Path, we invited Ron Ireland, publicity convenor of Ayr Rotary Club, to give us the lowdown of the creation of this popular coastal route and the dedication from local volunteers. In December … Continue reading

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Fascinating Gaelic-named islands of Loch Lomond

Ruairidh MacIlleathain guides us through the fascinating ‘Inches’ – the Gaelic-named islands of Loch Lomond. The English summary can be read underneath the Gaelic. Loch nan Innsean Tha am facal innis a’ nochdadh ann an grunn riochdan ann an ainmean-tìre … Continue reading

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Achlasan Chaluim Chille / Columba’s Armpit Package

Tha lus a tha ceangailte ri meadhan an t-samhraidh cuideachd a’ cuimhneachadh Naomh Ceilteach ainmeil / A plant connected to midsummer also recalls a famous Celtic saint … Tha Lus Chaluim Chille co-cheangailte ri Naomh Eòin ann am Beurla (‘St. … Continue reading

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Sharing Good Practice: Farmers and Nature

Last month, Battleby Auditorium played host to a popular Sharing Good Practice event, Farmers and Nature: promoting success and looking forward. We wanted farmers to share their success stories about how they farm sustainably to benefit nature. And we weren’t … Continue reading

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Scotland’s first ever Pollinator Trail, designed by and for children, open now!

On Friday 15 June, Scotland’s first ever Pollinator Trail opened at Whitmuir Farm in the Scottish Borders.  Neville Makan, local SNH Operations Officer, tells us about the launch of the trail and why pollinators are so important. Heather Anderson and … Continue reading

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Urban nature: raptors in the city

Mike Thornton, SNH Operations Officer in the Forth Area and active member of the Lothian and Borders Raptor Study Group, talks about the colonisation of birds of prey into our towns and cities – and why we should celebrate these charismatic urban … Continue reading

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The Cateran Trail – a walkers dream

The Cateran Trail, aptly acknowledged as ‘the sort of Scotland walkers dream of’ by TGO magazine is a fully waymarked circular route through the spectacular Perthshire and the Angus glens.  Andy Barrie, is Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust’s Strategic Routes … Continue reading

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