Author Archives: Scottish Natural Heritage

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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On the trail of the 64s group – capturing Wild Shetland

Wildlife cameraman Fergus Gill was Maramedia’s main team member on the ground throughout summer 2017, when they filmed their latest spectacular nature documentary Wild Shetland: Scotland’s Viking Frontier. Fergus is of course the son of our own celebrated photographer, Lorne, … Continue reading

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Valuing nature in a complex world

Projects and Partnerships Officer Neville Makan reflects on a recent conference that posed the question – how do we value nature? Valuing nature poses many challenges.  Yet recognising what we value in nature is an essential first step in establishing … Continue reading

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The bird with the golden eye

Goldeneye may bring to mind one of the better James Bond movies of the 1990s but it is of course also a medium sized duck which is found all around the world’s more northerly regions, from North America, across Europe … Continue reading

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A small bird with a big impact

Weighing in at less than 12 g and 10 cm long, the wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) is one of Britain`s smallest birds; only the goldcrest and firecrest are smaller. Nigel Buxton, our Natura Project Manager, tells more about this surprisingly successful bird. … Continue reading

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Rewarding the Delivery of Public Goods – Land use conference highlights

SNH staff attended The Scottish Biennial Land Use and the Environment conference late last year.  The event – organised by SRUC and partners, including SNH, SEPA, SEFARI, CEH, JHI and Forest Research – attracted a large audience of policy makers, … Continue reading

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Cluaidh – Ùrachadh na h-Aibhne / Clyde – A River Recovery

The Clyde is a living, lively place for people and nature. Let’s celebrate  the nature and culture of one of Scotland’s most famous rivers, the river Clyde.  Let’s look back at the unique performance as part of the Royal National … Continue reading

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Monitoring the condition of our Marine Protected Areas

Almost 90 years after St Kilda’s last 36 residents were evacuated to the mainland, the islands remain hugely important for the wildlife they support.   The World Heritage Site hosts huge seabird populations, including the world’s second largest colony of North … Continue reading

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Six years on – Scotland’s Marine Protected Areas Network

A report on the progress we and our partners have made developing Scotland’s Marine Protected Areas (MPA) network over the last six years is presented to the Scottish Parliament today (Friday). Our MPA network today looks very different to the … Continue reading

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