Author Archives: NatureScot

Farmers working to save Scotland’s corn buntings

This week, NatureScot’s Helen Taylor tells us about the work going on protect one of Scotland’s best-known farmland birds – the corn bunting. Farmers do an important job making sure we are all fed – but they also have an … Continue reading

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Sea eagles and a shared approach to wildlife management

Two weeks ago, NatureScot launched the Shared Approach to Wildlife Management which sets out how different interest groups can work together to help ensure healthy and valued populations of wildlife across Scotland. In the second of a series of blogs, we look … Continue reading

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Beavers and a shared approach to wildlife management

Last week, NatureScot launched the Shared Approach to Wildlife Management which sets out how different interest groups can work together to help ensure healthy and valued populations of wildlife across Scotland. In the first of a series of blogs, we … Continue reading

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#YCW2020 A Day in the Life – Wetlands Graduate Placement Fairlie Kirkpatrick Baird

During the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020, we’ve been joining NatureScot staff working along our shorelines and watery places to gain an insight into the important and varied work they do. This month we hear from graduate placement Fairlie Kirkpatrick … Continue reading

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The Lockdown Sessions – NatureScot’s virtual house band

During the early days of lockdown when most of us were just getting acquainted with Zoom, the NatureScot Virtual House Band was formed. Each in their own little corner of Scotland the musicians merged to entertain the troops with some … Continue reading

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Career through a lens: my favourite photographic memories

Working with us for over forty-five years now, our celebrated NatureScot photographer, Lorne Gill, has seen many changes to Scotland’s countryside. The creation of the West Highland Way and several other long-distance routes, two National Parks and the reintroduction of … Continue reading

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Natural born killers – biocontrol of invasive non-native plants in Scotland

Biological control is the use of living organisms to help control pest populations. In this post Marion Seier, Senior Plant Pathologist at CABI (Centre for Agriculture & Bioscience International), describes the work being carried out by CABI’s Invasive Species group … Continue reading

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Aiteann – ceangal eadar Dà Dheoch / Juniper – a link between Gin and Whisky

Bidh daoine a’ ceangal aiteann ri sine ach air a’ Ghàidhealtachd tha am preas cuideachd ceangailte ri uisge-beatha / Juniper is intimately linked with gin but, in the Highlands of Scotland, it also has connections to whisky … Aiteann – … Continue reading

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Partnership working on beavers

A few months on from the publication of the 2019 beaver licencing statistics, we take a closer look at the ongoing work with partners to reduce levels of beaver control measures in future. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has supported efforts … Continue reading

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Dirty camping

Today’s blog is written by Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve (NNR) Manager, Catriona Reid, who’s had her hands full since she’s been able to get back on the reserve a few weeks ago, once restrictions lifted. It sounds idyllic, … Continue reading

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