Monthly Archives: August 2018

Reforestation and Rural Development in Southern Scotland

Reforesting Scotland led a ‘Land Revival Tour’ taking a group of young professionals who work in land use to see some inspiring examples of reforestation and rural development throughout Scotland. Last week SNH Policy and Advice Directorate Support Officer Lynne … Continue reading

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Eun-mara le tòrr ainmean / The seabird with many aliases

’S iomadh duine a tha measail air a’ bhuthaid, ach abair uiread de dh’ainmean Gàidhlig a th’ oirre / The puffin is many people’s favourite seabird – but when it comes to its Gaelic name, there are lots to choose … Continue reading

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Observatree: a citizen science project helping to protect Scotland’s trees from new pests and diseases

In this guest blog, Peter Crow, Project Manager for Observatree explains the threat posed to our native trees from new pests and diseases and explains how we can all play a part in helping to protect them. As the Project … Continue reading

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Glasgow – the pollinator’s friend

As our largest city, with a rich industrial history, you may not immediately think of Glasgow as a place for pollinators. However, make no mistake: Glasgow is more than doing its bit for our pollinators, as SNH Pollinator Strategy Manager … Continue reading

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#CycleForNature – 6 legs down, one to go!

We left Francesca midway through leg 6 with the sun in her eyes, as she sailed west towards Islay on ferry number three of the week…. Thursday dawned bright and breezy; first stop was SNH’s office in Bowmore where I … Continue reading

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#CycleForNature leg 6 — west as far as Islay

Leg six of #CycleForNature started at the beautiful Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve, where the dramatic scenery includes Munro summits, an exposed whaleback ridge and ice-carved gullies. It’s been another packed schedule for Francesca, as she describes below. I spent … Continue reading

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Biodiversity Stakeholders’ Event: identifying priorities for 2020 and beyond

Scotland’s third annual Biodiversity Stakeholders’ Event was held at Battleby on 6 June.  It focussed on our recently published Interim Report on progress on the international “Aichi Biodiversity Targets” – this report places us in the forefront of reporting internationally. … Continue reading

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Benefits for the birds! – the value of peatland restoration to grouse moor management

Balancing commercial and conservation objectives can sometimes be challenging but on this particular grouse moorland multiple benefits have successfully been achieved. Between 2014-16 Peatland ACTION supported the restoration of the peatlands at Hope’s Estate in East Lothian. Peatland ACTION Project … Continue reading

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Pollinating Edinburgh’s Living Landscape

There has been lots happening to benefit pollinators across Edinburgh, especially since the launch of the Edinburgh Living Landscape, as Hebe Carus of the Scottish Wildlife Trust revealed in a recent catch up with Jim Jeffrey, SNH Pollinator Strategy Manager. Edinburgh’s Living … Continue reading

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Butterflies of the night, beautifully captured.

Having a keen personal interest in macro photography, Caroline Anderson jumped at the chance to use her Volunteering Day to help reserve staff with a moth trap at Taynish National Nature Reserve. Caroline, a Unit Administrator based in our Lochgilphead … Continue reading

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