Monthly Archives: April 2020

#YCW2020 A Day in the Life – Admin Support Joanne Beaton

During the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020, we’ve been joining SNH staff working along our shorelines and waterways to gain an insight into the varied work they do. Inevitably the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected much of the normal day-to-day … Continue reading

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Cnò Mhoire agus ar n-Eadar-cheangaltas / ‘Mary’s Nut’ and our Interconnectedness

Tha cnò iongantach, air a bheil fèill, a’ cur nar cuimhne mar a tha an cuan mòr gar ceangal ri chèile thar na cruinne / A celebrated West Indian bean found on Scottish strands reminds us of how ocean currents … Continue reading

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Meet the cows of Taynish National Nature Reserve

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected much of the normal day-to-day activity at SNH but, as featured in yesterday’s Scotland on Sunday newspaper, a few staff are still out and about to carry out essential work. Here Gordon Campbell, one … Continue reading

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A year of walking the John Muir Way

In celebration of the John Muir Way opening six years ago this week, Vicki Mowat, SNH Communications Officer, reflects on  her journey walking the John Muir Way.  I’m remembering this walk fondly during the lockdown – and certainly hoping to … Continue reading

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Forvie’s wintering twite

Today we welcome back guest blogger and ace photographer Ron Macdonald, who takes us on a virtual tour through the dunes of South Forvie, where we encounter one of the reserve’s lesser-known inhabitants.… Come with me today, as we take … Continue reading

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Lockdown on nature? Not really

In our post today Biodiversity Officer, Iain Macdonald, shares his thoughts on Covid-19 and nature, following a pensive lockdown stroll around town… Where have the cars, the planes, the trains and the people all gone? I don’t know about you, … Continue reading

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Working on a Dragonfly Hotspot

Do you know how to tell the difference between a dragonfly and a damselfly? Read on for the answer as Marijke Leith, a student placement at our Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve, tells us what it’s like to work on a Dragonfly … Continue reading

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Toads versus frogs at St Cyrus NNR

Frogs and toads clearly have a lot in common. For many, if not most of us, trying to tell the difference between the two is as confusing as being introduced to identical twins, called Anna and Hanna. But not for … Continue reading

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Uilebheistean a’ Chuain / Gaelic Sea Monsters

An e fìor chreutairean a bh’ anns a’ chionaran-crò agus cìrean-cròin? / Are the great Gaelic sea-monsters merely creatures of myth? Uilebheistean Iongantach a’ Chuain Tha creutairean car annasach nar dualchas a tha a’ fuireach fon mhuir, leithid mhaighdeannan-mara agus … Continue reading

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