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#YCW2020 A Day in the Life – Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI) Project Officer James Symonds

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

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Autumn waterfalls to take your breath away!

Autumn, with more frequent rainfall, is often a stunning time for waterfalls, with the the glorious colour of the foliage adding even more drama. In this week’s pictorial blog, we’re featuring our photographer, Lorne’s, favourite waterfalls from this spectacular time … Continue reading

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The salmon run: an autumn ending to a long journey

Each year, Atlantic salmon make an incredible journey back from the ocean to return to their breeding grounds. To get there, this mighty fish propels itself, like a dart, up and over the fast-flowing waters of some of our finest … Continue reading

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An Ceòl a bu Bhinne Chualas / The Sweetest Music Ever Heard

Sgrìobh an sàr-bhàrd Donnchadh Bàn Mac an t-Saoir mu a ghràdh do nàdar. ’S dòcha gu bheil a bhàrdachd fhèin a cheart cho airidh air moladh ’s a tha òran nan cearcan monaidh … The master wordsmith Duncan Bàn MacIntyre … Continue reading

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Spectacular autumn in Scotland

Today we’re highlighting some of amazing wildlife spectacles you can see in Scotland in autumn, including the fierce deer rut, thousands of migrating geese and much more. Of course, many of us aren’t able to get out and about to … Continue reading

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A quest to learn more about humpback whales in Scotland

As part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, Ron Macdonald, chair of the North East Biological Records Centre and an avid humpback whale watcher, introduces a blog by Lyndsay Macneill, a talented and enthusiastic citizen scientist who discovered a love of whales … Continue reading

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Archaeology revealed the Hebridean way

Seven archaeological sites along the Hebridean Way are set to feature in digital reconstructions created by the Uist Virtual Archaeology Project. Viewers’ experiences will be revolutionised in a project which will harness emerging technologies to better explain the tremendous archaeological assets … Continue reading

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Wading birds and a shared approach to wildlife management

At the end of last month, 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 third of a series of … Continue reading

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#YCW2020 A Day in the Life – Marine Ecology Adviser Karen Hall

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 Shetland-based Marine Ecology … Continue reading

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Mulling over Ulva’s history

A mere hop, skip and jump from Mull will land you on Ulva.  An island with ancestral links to David Livingstone, known in the past as ‘Wolf island’, and the scene of sweeping Clearances. To this day Ulva is as … Continue reading

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