Author Archives: Scottish Natural Heritage

Scotland shines in springtime

Spring is in the air and as nature begins to wake up there has never been a better time to visit Scotland’s National Nature Reserves. Whether you’re wildlife spotting or just want to get out and enjoy some fresh air … Continue reading

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Agroforestry in Scotland? Forestry Grant Scheme funding still available until December 2020

In today’s blog, our woodlands specialist, Kate Holl, talks about the many benefits of agroforestry for farmers, as well as the funding available. Agroforestry simply means integrating trees into agricultural land.  But in contrast to farm woodland creation, which normally … Continue reading

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Tiny shells and hidden animals

Do you like snails? The gastropod molluscs commonly found in your garden are probably the first thing that spring to mind. Or maybe you smell garlic and see a yummy plate of l’escargot.  However, this small word covers an array … Continue reading

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Short-eared owls dazzle at Forvie

Our guest blog this week is written by our SNH former colleague, Ron Macdonald. Now retired from the day job, Ron is still staying busy, chairing the North East Biological Records Centre and serves on the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Conservation … Continue reading

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A belated introduction to our 2018/19 graduate placements!

It’s now the fourth year that SNH has taken in graduates to work on year-long projects across the organisation. With three new graduates just starting in 2019, we take a look at what their projects entail and how they’re getting … Continue reading

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Inch Farm: farming and the environment in action

Kirsten Brewster, SNH Agriculture Officer, visited Inch Farm and met with farmer Andrew to discuss his Agri-Environment Climate Scheme. The farm, in Fife’s East Neuk, has views across to both the Isle of May and Bass Rock. On the day … Continue reading

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The Graips of Sloth: the List of Winter Gardening Don’ts & Dos

This week, our gardener at our Battleby office, Jim Carruthers, shares some great tips on what to do – and NOT to do – to keep our gardens in good shape over winter.  Many are tempted to atone for the excesses … Continue reading

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Peat bogs offer a solution to carbon storage

Today, along with others around the globe, we celebrate World Wetlands Day – and this year’s theme of climate change. In Scotland, peat bogs play a crucial role in tackling climate change.  We need to find ways to drastically reduce … Continue reading

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A ‘good story’ beats the facts

There’s been some media hype in Scotland over the last few days, claiming that beavers caused a suspected case of giardia. But giardia, the most common form of gut parasite infection in the UK and the world, has not been … Continue reading

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Local community takes pride in local conservation site

The Friends of Almondell and Calderwood Country Park tell us how they‘re implementing management to improve the biodiversity of their local wildlife site – Calderwood Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).    The group embarked on an initial five year … Continue reading

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