Author Archives: Scottish Natural Heritage

Urban nature: raptors in the city

Mike Thornton, SNH Operations Officer in the Forth Area and active member of the Lothian and Borders Raptor Study Group, talks about the colonisation of birds of prey into our towns and cities – and why we should celebrate these charismatic urban … Continue reading

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The Cateran Trail – a walkers dream

The Cateran Trail, aptly acknowledged as ‘the sort of Scotland walkers dream of’ by TGO magazine is a fully waymarked circular route through the spectacular Perthshire and the Angus glens.  Andy Barrie, is Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust’s Strategic Routes … Continue reading

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#CycleForNature – an inspiring week!

Another three offices and three National Nature Reserves visited this week and 147 miles cycled. Now with four legs completed, #CycleForNature will soon look forward to pushing off again from Aviemore on 16 July. Today, following on from Wednesday’s post, … Continue reading

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Planning for Great Places

Peter Hutchinson, SNH’s Supporting Good Development Activity Lead, explains our new approach to engaging in the Planning System. When it comes to planning, it’s good to talk – and the earlier the better.  Sharing ideas, considering the benefits of nature, … Continue reading

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#CycleForNature – half way there

Our blog today catches SNH Chief Exec, Francesca Osowska,  with three and half legs behind her and at the half way point in her epic active travel challenge. To celebrate she went on a duck survey, met a delegation of … Continue reading

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Affordable homes, Greener Places

Ivan Clark, our Plan and Placemaking Team Manager explains how we can deliver better quality greenspace in social housing developments. Scotland’s urban green spaces provide a range of benefits for people and nature. They can provide opportunities for people to … Continue reading

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Scotland’s natural features improved

SNH recently released a report looking at the condition of Scotland’s natural features. SNH’s Site Condition Monitoring Data Manager Brian Dickson explains some of the findings and shares a few examples of the work we’ve done with partners. Scotland’s protected … Continue reading

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Why you must experience the John Muir Way?

Elaine Macintosh, John Muir Way Development Officer of Central Scotland Green Network Trust explains the extent of the John Muir Way and the opportunities it offers. When I first heard about the John Muir Way, I’d no idea it passed … Continue reading

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Securing Nature for Future Generations

Sally Thomas, our Director of People & Nature, attended the Securing our Natural Environment for Future Generations symposium on 23-24 May. This event was organised by the UK’s Statutory Nature Conservation Agencies (Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Natural Resources Wales, Natural England, Scottish Natural … Continue reading

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Beauty and innovation at Beinn Eighe NNR

George Winter, from Derby, recently spent 4 months volunteering at Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. However, this was far from his first time volunteering for outdoor work! Here he tells us about how his passion for the Scottish Highlands grew … Continue reading

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