Category Archives: National Nature Reserves

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

Posted in Birds, coastal, Marine, National Nature Reserves, photography, Scottish Natural Heritage, sea life, seals, Shetland, SNH, Uncategorized, Young people | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Reul-bhad nan Dreagan / The Meteor Constellation

Tha ainm Gàidhlig air fear de na reul-bhadan a’ cur nar cuimhne tachartas iongantach anns na speuran gach bliadhna / The Gaelic name for the constellation Ursa Minor reminds us to keep our eyes open this month for an unusual … Continue reading

Posted in Gaelic, National Nature Reserves, Scottish Natural Heritage, SNH

New leadership’s first annual report sees year of successes and looks to the future

2017/18 was a year of change for SNH.  We welcomed a new Chair and a new CEO; and we refreshed our Corporate Plan, with an eye to the future and a stronger focus on the benefits that connecting people and … Continue reading

Posted in 25 years of SNH, active travel, biodiversity, climate change, coastal, Community engagement, conservation, deer, Green infrastructure, Habitat Map of Scotland, Land management, long distance routes, Marine Protected Areas, MPA, MPAs, National Nature Reserves, National Walking and Cycling Network, Natural Capital, Outdoor learning, peatland restoration, Planning, Renewable Energy, Scottish Natural Heritage, SNH, survey, sustainable farming, sustainable travel, Uncategorized, Volunteering, website, wildlife management | Tagged , , , , ,

Biodiversity Beyond 2020 – Scotland’s Contribution

So what’s next for Scotland’s biodiversity?  Our CEO, Francesca Osowska took centre-stage to discuss Scotland’s contributions to biodiversity beyond 2020.  Here is her speech, in full, from the Business Breakfast at Scotland House, Brussels, 6 Nov 2018 as part of … Continue reading

Posted in biodiversity, climate change, coastal erosion, Community engagement, conservation, Green infrastructure, Habitat Map of Scotland, Marine Protected Areas, MPAs, National Nature Reserves, peatland restoration, Scottish Natural Heritage, SNH, The Flow Country, urban nature, wildlife management | Tagged , , , , ,

Mìos nan Damh / Month of Stags

Tha an Dàmhair sònraichte do na Gàidheil, a’ comharrachadh dlùth-cheangal eadar ar cànan is dualchas, agus àrainneachd nàdarrach na h-Alba / October might simply be the ‘eighth month’ (later elevated to tenth) for English speakers, but to Gaels it is … Continue reading

Posted in Gaelic, National Nature Reserves

Isle of May welcomes record visitor numbers – again!

It’s been a fabulous year on the SNH-owned Isle of May National Nature Reserve in the Firth of Forth. Famed for its large puffin colonies, the island welcomed a record number of visitors again this year – the fourth consecutive season … Continue reading

Posted in Birds, coastal, Marine, National Nature Reserves, sea life, seals, SNH, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

#CycleForNature – 6 legs down, one to go!

We left Francesca midway through leg 6 with the sun in her eyes, as she sailed west towards Islay on ferry number three of the week…. Thursday dawned bright and breezy; first stop was SNH’s office in Bowmore where I … Continue reading

Posted in Access, active travel, Argyll National Nature Reserves, Community engagement, Cycle for Nature, cycling, Flood management, Flooding, Fossils, Geology, History, National Nature Reserves, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , ,

#CycleForNature leg 6 — west as far as Islay

Leg six of #CycleForNature started at the beautiful Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve, where the dramatic scenery includes Munro summits, an exposed whaleback ridge and ice-carved gullies. It’s been another packed schedule for Francesca, as she describes below. I spent … Continue reading

Posted in Access, active travel, Argyll National Nature Reserves, Creag Meagaidh NNR, Cycle for Nature, cycling, deer, MPA, National Nature Reserves, National Walking and Cycling Network, Natural Health Service, Priority Marine Features, SNH, SSSI, Staff profile, Uncategorized, Volunteering, wildlife management | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

A hard day’s fun on Caerlaverock NNR

After frequently commenting that they never get out of the office, the Dumfries Admin Team (both called Susan) were finally let loose for the day on Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve. Susan Hepburn tells us what they got up to …  … Continue reading

Posted in coastal, National Nature Reserves, SNH, Staff profile, Uncategorized, Volunteering | Tagged , , , , ,

Fascinating Gaelic-named islands of Loch Lomond

Ruairidh MacIlleathain guides us through the fascinating ‘Inches’ – the Gaelic-named islands of Loch Lomond. The English summary can be read underneath the Gaelic. Loch nan Innsean Tha am facal innis a’ nochdadh ann an grunn riochdan ann an ainmean-tìre … Continue reading

Posted in Folklore, Gaelic, National Nature Reserves, Uncategorized | Tagged , ,