Category Archives: biodiversity

#CycleForNature – From Hamilton to Dunoon

After an excellent first two days and having reached Hamilton in her first update, the schedule for day 3 of Francesca’s #CycleForNature was packed with visits to local projects that SNH supports. Let’s hear how the rest of the week … Continue reading

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Spring flowers for bumblebees

Early spring marks the turning of the year, and is one of the most crucial times in the life of our bumblebees, as Katy Malone, a Conservation Officer with Bumblebee Conservation Trust in Scotland, explains. Queen bumbles have been hibernating … Continue reading

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Under the boardwalk – Braehead Moss

Braehead Moss Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) beside the village of Braehead, is one of the best remaining examples of raised bog in central Scotland.  Raised bogs, an important habitat, are now restricted in their range within the British … Continue reading

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Creating a buzz in Inverclyde

Laura Reilly is a major driving force behind Inverclydebuzz, and when the Pollinator Strategy for Scotland was launched last July she and her team were already able to demonstrate a pro-active approach to improving the lot of our pollinators. Their … Continue reading

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Following little terns

Little terns are the second rarest seabird in the UK and Ireland and possibly the best indicator of Climate Change that there is. David Woodfall is a photographer who has been following the fortunes of this very special bird since 1978. … Continue reading

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Reviewing the biological recording infrastructure in Scotland

Scotland is famed for wildlife – bringing fascination and enjoyment on land, in our lochs and rivers, and surrounding seas. Our knowledge of wildlife distribution is founded on the skill and dedication of volunteer naturalists, recording plants and animals as … Continue reading

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As slow as it gets

Seasons would be boring but for their interstices. So says Jim Carruthers, our gardener at Battleby, as he shares his autumnal musings with us.  Winter into spring goes back and forth like a bout of boxing or basketball. There is … Continue reading

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Postcards from a windy island

Stephanie Cope strives towards sustainability and financial viability for Tiree’s machair in her job with Tiree Ranger Service. I open the van door. Immediately, items that are not stapled to the upholstery swirl up in an irritating vortex of grit … Continue reading

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A sand quarry supporting biodiversity

Malcolm Fraser, an Operations Officer in our Forth Regional team, recently attended a CEMEX Biodiversity Stakeholder Event. CEMEX are a leader in the building materials industry and their commitment to environmental issues shows the value of partnership working, sharing best … Continue reading

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Change is afoot

Dr Roo Campbell, Priority Areas Manager for Scottish Wildcat Action, reflects on what autumn means for the Scottish Wildcat. As we drift through autumn, we have an opportunity to reflect on where we are in the annual life-cycle of the … Continue reading

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