Author Archives: Scottish Natural Heritage

The month of maggots and flies

Tha Ruairidh MacIlleathain a’ mìneachadh mar a fhuair “An t-Iuchar” ainm. Tha eadar-theangachadh Beurla às dèidh na Gàidhlig. Roddy Maclean tells us about the history behind the Gaelic name for ‘July.’ An English translation follows below the Gaelic. Mìos nan … Continue reading

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The Bog Body of Gunnister Man – an engaging mystery

Peat bogs occasionally reveal artefacts that have remained intact due to the preserving characteristics of wet, acidic, carbon rich (oxygen poor) soil. Famously these have included ‘bog bodies’ such as Tollund Man, Grauballe Man and Lindow Man. Closer to home, … Continue reading

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Restoring peatlands for Scotland’s wildlife

Peatland ACTION, with the help of project partners and volunteers, are on the road to restoring Scotland’s peatlands in an effort to improve biodiversity and combat climate change. Here David Hill, Peatland Restoration Project Officer from Butterfly Conservation Scotland’s Bog … Continue reading

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Improving and protecting drinking water quality at Sandy Loch, Shetland

Peatland ACTION Project Officer Lauren Dixon explains the link between healthy peatlands and drinking water by telling us about the restoration work at Sandy Loch, Shetland. Large bare peat surface contributing to high organic load and colour at the water … Continue reading

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Innovative crofting on the West Coast

Kirsten Brewster, from SNH’s Rural Resources Unit, discusses a recent trip to the West Coast to learn more about an innovative croft following holistic farming methods. On the morning of 5 June, SNH staff were joined by colleagues from Rural … Continue reading

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What’s the connection between peat and fish?

The answer is not about smoking the fish over a peat fire!  Peatland Action officer Rachel Coyle from the Tweed Forum can answer this question. I’ve been involved in an interesting project at Dryhope Farm on the Philiphaugh Estate in … Continue reading

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Surveying Scotland’s marine mammals: life as an ORCA surveyor

On 11-12 June, SNH Marine Operations Officer Dr. Jane Dodd began her Team Leader training while taking part in her 3rd ORCA survey on Caledonian MacBrayne ferries out of Oban. Here, she shares her experience as an Onboard ORCA Marine … Continue reading

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Peatland ACTION – changing the landscapes of Scotland!

Peatland ACTION are working to restore degraded peatlands and breathe life back into this habitat, as Project Manager Andrew McBride explains… In your mind…picture Scotland’s peatlands. No doubt a vision of a large, expansive, remote brown coloured landscape. The image … Continue reading

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Astonishing facts about place names – folklore of the Gaels.

This blog explores part of the rich folklore of the Gaels and the importance of the Gaelic heroines of Scotland and Ireland in the naming of places.  A must read.… An English translation is below Gaelic text. Na Dùin a … Continue reading

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Celebrating the achievements of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative

On 27 June, SNH Operations Officer Neville Makan attended an event in Stirling celebrating the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative. This partnership between local authorities, agencies, and charities has spent nearly 4 years working to conserve habitats and footpaths and provide … Continue reading

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