Monthly Archives: December 2019

Tis the Season to get out along the Firth of Forth!

The Edinburgh Shoreline project began in February 2018 – an initiative from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to encourage people to connect with the coastline in our capital city. In today’s guest blog, Project Manager Charlotte Johnson tells us why … Continue reading

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Leigheasann Tonn a’ Chladaich / Thrifty Gaelic Cures

Tha tonn a’ chladaich na leigheas airson dà thinneis, a rèir beul-aithris / Traditional lore identifies thrift as means of curing two ailments. Leigheas airson Trom-inntinn is Ceann-daoraich ’S e tonn a’ chladaich (ris an can cuid neòinean a’ chladaich) … Continue reading

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Great VIBES at Environment Business Awards

This year was the 20th Anniversary of the Scottish Environment Business Awards – the VIBES Awards – and for the first time SNH was a strategic partner. The Awards celebrate the efforts of businesses across Scotland, large and small, that … Continue reading

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Flow Country projects ends on a high

The Flow Country is one of our last wild places, stretching across Caithness and Sutherland in the far north of Scotland. And it’s a crucial spot in the battle against climate change – on the best and biggest peatland of … Continue reading

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Winter walks for International Mountain Day

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is encouraging people to celebrate International Mountain Day with a visit to one of Scotland’s stunning nature reserves. Some of our finest mountains lie within these special areas, and while the high tops may be restricted … Continue reading

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Taking Cumbernauld’s Wild Ways Well to a European audience

Making more use of Scotland’s outdoors as Our Natural Health Service is an initiative being led by SNH. Paul Barclay from The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), is part of the Cumbernauld Living Landscape team and delivers an innovative green health programme, … Continue reading

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Celebrating National Nature Reserves at the Scottish Parliament

Late last month, our National Nature Reserve (NNR) staff gathered for an evening reception in Scottish Parliament’s Garden Lobby to celebrate Scotland’s amazing array of nature reserves and the many benefits they provide to us all.  We were joined by … Continue reading

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Forvie’s Purple sandpipers

Our post this morning comes from Ron Macdonald, who is becoming well known on social media these days for his fantastic bird photographs. Today he talks about one of his favourite waders… This morning I’m off to photograph purple sandpipers … Continue reading

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‘Stop soil erosion, Save our future’

Today is World Soil Day and it gives us a chance to celebrate soils and raise awareness of the importance of sustaining healthy soils. The message of the Day, ‘Stop soil erosion, Save our future’, clearly demonstrates the vital benefits … Continue reading

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