Category Archives: conservation

#CycleForNature – half way there

Our blog today catches SNH Chief Exec, Francesca Osowska,  with three and half legs behind her and at the half way point in her epic active travel challenge. To celebrate she went on a duck survey, met a delegation of … Continue reading

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Orcas, Warships and Seasearch

Today we have a further insight into the contribution volunteer citizen scientists make to marine conservation in Scotland. Our guest post today comes from Natalie Hirst, a coordinator for Seasearch Scotland. Seasearch is a project for volunteer sports divers who have … Continue reading

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The wonders of Clyde Valley Woodlands NNR – 6 year transformation

For the past six years the stunning Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve has been transformed.  Martin Twiss, Operations Officer based at our Hamilton Office explains how the area has benefited enormously from the activities and energy of the Clyde … 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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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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Unlocking the secrets of connectivity in our seas

In partnership with Heriot-Watt University we’ve been exploring the genetic connectivity of selected horse mussel beds. The results of this work will help to inform our advice on management of Scotland’s Marine Protected Areas (MPA) network and understanding of the … Continue reading

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Scottish Ecology, Environment and Conservation Conference 2018: Panel Debate

In this blog, Elsa Kivinen, a second year undergraduate studying Geography and sustainable development at St Andrews University, reflects on a lively debate at the third student conference #SEECC2018 What are the greatest environmental challenges facing Scotland? How do we … Continue reading

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Chainsaws, rotten wood and cages: the efforts to save the pine hoverfly

Athayde Tonhasca discusses the conservation efforts to protect one of Scotland’s most endangered species. The ephemeral habitat of the pine hoverfly   In a mature Scots pine forest, trees are often infected by the heart rot fungus Phaeolus schweinitzii, which … Continue reading

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SNH divers assess Loch Carron flame shell bed damage

Images of bright orange, dead flame shells strewn across the seabed in Loch Carron received widespread social and mainstream media coverage recently. Recreational divers had reported that the flame shell bed – a rare and ecologically important habitat – had … Continue reading

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What will global conservation look like 50 years from now…

SNH’s Clive Mitchell, Strategic Development Manager, examines the question. The inaugural WildTalk event on wildlife conservation at St Andrew’s University saw four speakers take on the challenge of anticipating what global conservation might look like 50 years from now. The … Continue reading

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