Category Archives: biodiversity

Biodiversity Stakeholders’ Event: identifying priorities for 2020 and beyond

Scotland’s third annual Biodiversity Stakeholders’ Event was held at Battleby on 6 June.  It focussed on our recently published Interim Report on progress on the international “Aichi Biodiversity Targets” – this report places us in the forefront of reporting internationally. … Continue reading

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Butterflies of the night, beautifully captured.

Having a keen personal interest in macro photography, Caroline Anderson jumped at the chance to use her Volunteering Day to help reserve staff with a moth trap at Taynish National Nature Reserve. Caroline, a Unit Administrator based in our Lochgilphead … Continue reading

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How should you manage giant rhubarb in your garden?

Have you got giant rhubarb in your garden? A European-wide ban on the sale of this invasive non-native plant comes into force today. If you already have the plant, also known as Gunnera tinctoria, in your garden you can keep … Continue reading

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Restoring peatlands for Scotland’s wildlife

Peatland ACTION, with the help of project partners and volunteers, are on the road to restoring Scotland’s peatlands in an effort to improve biodiversity and combat climate change. Here David Hill, Peatland Restoration Project Officer from Butterfly Conservation Scotland’s Bog … Continue reading

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Urban nature: raptors in the city

Mike Thornton, SNH Operations Officer in the Forth Area and active member of the Lothian and Borders Raptor Study Group, talks about the colonisation of birds of prey into our towns and cities – and why we should celebrate these charismatic urban … Continue reading

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#CycleForNature – an inspiring week!

Another three offices and three National Nature Reserves visited this week and 147 miles cycled. Now with four legs completed, #CycleForNature will soon look forward to pushing off again from Aviemore on 16 July. Today, following on from Wednesday’s post, … Continue reading

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Affordable homes, Greener Places

Ivan Clark, our Plan and Placemaking Team Manager explains how we can deliver better quality greenspace in social housing developments. Scotland’s urban green spaces provide a range of benefits for people and nature. They can provide opportunities for people to … Continue reading

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Nature for future Generations – where next?

Cath Denholm,  our Deputy Chair, shares reflections on this week’s British Ecological Society/UK Government Conservation Agencies’ Conference on nature for future generations. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I was invited to attend the Nature for Future Generations conference … Continue reading

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St Cyrus’ most wild and rare

Simon Ritchie is the newly appointed Seasonal Reserve Assistant based at the SNH St Cyrus National Nature Reserve (NNR), north of Montrose. Growing up in the area, Simon has developed a wealth of experience, and knowledge of the reserve. As … Continue reading

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Great skua behaviour and Fair Isle’s lifeline

Fair Isle is Britain’s most remote inhabited island, 38 km from the next nearest island and 125 km from the northernmost tip of the UK mainland. A boat runs from the island but most visitors and most of the 60 … Continue reading

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