Category Archives: National Nature Reserves

#CycleForNature – The final stretch: Ullapool to Kinlochewe

Blessed mostly with fantastic weather, Francesca cycled 252 miles last week, sailed on six Ferries and visited five SNH offices (with a wave to Portree). The final part of #CycleForNature leg two took Francesca from Ullapool to Kinlochewe. Let’s hear how … Continue reading

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#CycleForNature – A journey through a changing landscape

Days seven, ei‎ght and nine of #CycleForNature saw me journey from Mallaig, through Skye to North Uist, down to South Uist, back North and then through Harris and Lewis, and finally the ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool. The most notable … Continue reading

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#Cycle for Nature – The Isle of Rum

One leg, five offices and 200 miles now behind her, on Monday Francesca set off on leg two of her ultimate active travel challenge.  Here she updates us on a fascinating trip to Rum National Nature Reserve. #CycleForNature resumed with … Continue reading

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Rare sighting at Caerlaverock

Visitors to WWT Caerlaverock on Saturday 20th January were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a rare celebrity sighting, as comedian and musician, Bill Bailey dropped in to do a spot of bird watching and enjoy the view. Bill … Continue reading

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Advance, entrench, hold the line

This is the NNR front line – the place where Scotland’s coast is growing fastest, pushing eastwards into the North Sea. On average, Tentsmuir Point has expanded by nearly five metres each year for more than two centuries. It’s a … Continue reading

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Don’t judge a bog by its cover

In a mere ten kilometres, north as the hen harrier flies from the Crinan Canal over the snaking channel of the River Add to Kilmartin Glen and Carnassarie, lies one of the finest troves of ancient and historic heritage in … Continue reading

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25 years of SNH – Reserve Manager at Tentsmuir NNR

After working for BT for 28 years, Tom Cunningham needed a change of direction which resulted in the job he’d been dreaming about: managing Tentsmuir NNR. He started as the Assistant Reserve Manager and nine months later he became the … Continue reading

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The strange appeal of cut and peel

Kenny Taylor, writer, naturalist, photographer and musician, returns with a guest blog that takes a look at West Highland woodlands. This is the third of six blogs he’ll be contributing relating to our National Nature Reserves over the next few … Continue reading

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Holding the forts at Caerlaverock

The barnacle geese and whooper swans can see them as they fly in from the northlands: the patterns of mud, merse and channel where the fertile lands of Caerlaverock meet the waters of the Nith and the salt of the … Continue reading

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Intrepid Conservers and Explorers

Good news for people wanting to explore the delights that Hermaness National Nature Reserve has to offer this autumn thanks to improved access onto the reserve. Last year we installed a new section of boardwalk (using recycled plastic) to improve … Continue reading

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