Author Archives: NatureScot

Nathraichean Nimhe is Gliocais

Tha àite mòr aig an nathair ann am beul-aithris nan Gàidheal Read in English Bha na seann Ghàidheil gu math measail air tòimhseachain, agus seo eisimpleir de a leithid, ged nach bi e furasta do dhaoine anns an latha an-diugh … Continue reading

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Adders of Poison and Wisdom

Adders have a significant place in Gaelic folklore Leugh ann an Gàidhlig The old Gaels were very fond of puzzles, and here’s an example of one whose solution might not be immediately obvious to the modern eye or ear: Tha … Continue reading

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Gulls: do you love them or loathe them?

The urban gull. People either love them or loathe them. Perhaps you like feeding them. Or maybe you get annoyed when they swoop down and steal your chips. If you’re woken up by noisy gulls, it may seem like they … Continue reading

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Tackling rhododendron together

In our latest blog we explore how lessons learned from Scotland’s rainforest helped to avert a serious threat from invasive rhododendron in Norway. Scotland’s west coast is home to temperate rainforest habitat, which is scarcer than tropical rainforest and hosts … Continue reading

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Celebrating our Machair

It’s fitting that even English speakers use a Gaelic word for a habitat that is such an icon of the Gàidhealtachd. Leugh ann an Gàidhlig In the dark depths of winter, perhaps it’s appropriate to remind ourselves of the light … Continue reading

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Machraichean Bòidheach na h-Alba

Tha am facal ‘machair’ cho sònraichte ʼs gu bheil e air tighinn a-steach don Bheurla. Read in English Tha e math aig an àm seo dhen bhliadhna, nuair a tha na làithean dorch agus a’ ghrian ìosal, a bhith a’ … Continue reading

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Surveying for flapper skate eggs

Last week it was announced that the critically-endangered flapper skate is to gain further protection with the extension of Red Rocks and Longay urgent Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Inner Sound of Skye. In our latest blog, we take … Continue reading

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Birds of Premonition

The Gaels traditionally viewed some bird behaviours as predictors of future events… Leugh ann an Gàidhlig Birds are active creatures whose lives intertwine regularly with our own. Some of our avian friends even make their homes in and around our … Continue reading

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Eòin nam Manaidhean

ʼS iomadh eun a dh’innseas dhuinn dè tha romhainn … Read in English Tha na ceanglaichean eadar eòin agus daoine gu math làidir. Nach tuirt ar sinnsearan gum b’ e Linn an Àigh nuair a bha Gàidhlig aig na h-eòin?! … Continue reading

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Land of Falling Water

‘Eas’ in the Gaelic landscape marks a named waterfall Leugh ann an Gàidhlig There must be thousands of waterfalls cascading off mountains in the Scottish Highlands, most of which are marked on our maps with the simple English label ‘waterfall’. … Continue reading

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