Author Archives: Scottish Natural Heritage

Connecting people and plants

SNH’s Iain Macdonald was just one of around 175 people with a passion for wild plants at an unofficially record-breaking meeting in Edinburgh recently… Not long ago I was sitting in a room surrounded by botanists, probably the single largest … Continue reading

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A’ cruinneachadh Ainmean-àite Èirisgeidh / Collecting the placenames of Eriskay

Tha Liam Crouse, Oifigear Mheadhanan is Conaltraidh Gàidhlig aig Ceòlas, air aoigheachd againn le bloga ùr. Tha sinn glè thoilichte a bhith ag obair còmhla ri Ceòlas agus Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba air an ath-leabhran san t-sreath Gàidhlig air Aghaidh na … Continue reading

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Biodiversity Beyond 2020 – Scotland’s Contribution

So what’s next for Scotland’s biodiversity?  Our CEO, Francesca Osowska took centre-stage to discuss Scotland’s contributions to biodiversity beyond 2020.  Here is her speech, in full, from the Business Breakfast at Scotland House, Brussels, 6 Nov 2018 as part of … Continue reading

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Trick or treat?

Stuck for ideas for your Halloween costume? You could do worse than seek inspiration from the masters of disguise that inhabit the natural world all around us. Many of our insects and pollinators have evolved a variety of weird and … Continue reading

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Mòine: Gaelic vocabulary for peat

Tha sinn glè thoilichte gu bheil bloga aoighe eile againn bhon sgioba aig Dachaigh airson Stòras na Gàidhlig.  An turas-sa, tha Ceit Langhorne a’ toirt sùil air briathrachas na Gàidhlig ceangailte ris a’ mhòine  /We’re delighted to feature another guest … Continue reading

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Isle of May welcomes Syrian day trip

The Isle of May visitor season wrapped up at the end of September. Here, SNH’s Jenny Johnson looks back at one of the highlights of the summer – a wonderful visit by a group of Syrian refugees. The grey skies … Continue reading

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A club where birdies are par for the course

In our guest blog today Billy McLachlin, course manager at Royal Troon Golf Club, tells us how they are working for wildlife on one of the world’s finest links courses. Royal Troon Golf Club is a site of international renown … Continue reading

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Isle of May welcomes record visitor numbers – again!

It’s been a fabulous year on the SNH-owned Isle of May National Nature Reserve in the Firth of Forth. Famed for its large puffin colonies, the island welcomed a record number of visitors again this year – the fourth consecutive season … Continue reading

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#CycleForNature – The Final Fling

Well, She did it! More than 1300 miles cycled, 39 offices visited and more than £1100 raised for the Scottish Association for Mental Health. We last heard from Francesca in Orkney. Today in her final blog post of the challenge … Continue reading

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#CycleForNature – The Northern Isles

Half way through the final leg of her epic active travel challenge, the end is almost in sight now for Francesca. Today in her penultimate #CycleForNature blog post she tells us about her visit to the Northern Isles. I have … Continue reading

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