Monthly Archives: July 2018

Àirighean Os-nàdarrach / Supernatural Shielings

An cuir sibh ris an liosta de dh’àirighean ‘na h-aon oidhche’? / Can you add to the list of ‘one-night’ shielings? Àirighean na h-Aon Oidhche Tha làraichean sheann àirighean air feadh na Gàidhealtachd a’ cumail nar cuimhne mar a bhiodh … Continue reading

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A hard day’s fun on Caerlaverock NNR

After frequently commenting that they never get out of the office, the Dumfries Admin Team (both called Susan) were finally let loose for the day on Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve. Susan Hepburn tells us what they got up to …  … Continue reading

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The Bog Squad travel to Islay to work with the Argyll & the Isles Coast & Countryside Trust

The Bog Squad is a Peatland ACTION funded project managed by Butterfly Conservation Scotland that aims to help restore peatland habitats and promote their value as places where wildlife can thrive. In February the Bog Squad, including Rebecca Crawford, Peatlands … Continue reading

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#CycleForNature: more NE Scotland beauty!

Francesca finished off her impressive 260-mile-long fifth leg of #CycleForNature today, going from Angus to Aberdeenshire to Moray and ending up at Aviemore in the Cairngorms – and going from sun to rain! Day four of this leg of #CycleForNature … Continue reading

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#CycleForNature heads to North East Scotland!

Our blog today catches up with SNH Chief Exec, Francesca Osowska, on the fifth leg of her epic active travel challenge, as she heads up to North East Scotland.  Leg five of #CycleForNature started from Montrose and then a quick … Continue reading

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Portmoak Moss – a community of peatland, woodland and people

Portmoak Moss,  is a ‘remnant raised bog’ close to the village of Scotlandwell in Perth and Kinross covering an area of approximately 34 hectares (12 ha of which has been cleared of trees and is in a gradual process of … Continue reading

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The month of maggots and flies

Tha Ruairidh MacIlleathain a’ mìneachadh mar a fhuair “An t-Iuchar” ainm. Tha eadar-theangachadh Beurla às dèidh na Gàidhlig. Roddy Maclean tells us about the history behind the Gaelic name for ‘July.’ An English translation follows below the Gaelic. Mìos nan … Continue reading

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The Bog Body of Gunnister Man – an engaging mystery

Peat bogs occasionally reveal artefacts that have remained intact due to the preserving characteristics of wet, acidic, carbon rich (oxygen poor) soil. Famously these have included ‘bog bodies’ such as Tollund Man, Grauballe Man and Lindow Man. Closer to home, … Continue reading

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Restoring peatlands for Scotland’s wildlife

Peatland ACTION, with the help of project partners and volunteers, are on the road to restoring Scotland’s peatlands in an effort to improve biodiversity and combat climate change. Here David Hill, Peatland Restoration Project Officer from Butterfly Conservation Scotland’s Bog … Continue reading

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Improving and protecting drinking water quality at Sandy Loch, Shetland

Peatland ACTION Project Officer Lauren Dixon explains the link between healthy peatlands and drinking water by telling us about the restoration work at Sandy Loch, Shetland. Large bare peat surface contributing to high organic load and colour at the water … Continue reading

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