Category Archives: Protected Areas

#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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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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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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Deer Management on the Assynt peninsula

Nationally and internationally important woodlands on northwest Sutherland’s Assynt peninsula are being seriously damaged by high numbers of grazing red deer. Over several years now our attempts to get the key landowners to agree a plan to manage the deer … Continue reading

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Wild about crop relatives

Crop wild relatives (CWRs) are wild plant species that are genetically related to our cultivated crops. Farmers have used them since the beginning of agriculture to improve their crops and get better harvests. Growing in the wild, they contain higher … Continue reading

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Protecting Scotland’s maerl beds

The Scottish Government used an Urgent Marine Conservation Order (MCO) for the first time at the end of 2014, to protect a fragile ecosystem in the sea off Arran. Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead made the order in response to fishing … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Priority Marine Features – serpulid reefs

Scotland’s coasts and seas are home to around 8,000 animal and plant species. Priority Marine Features (PMFs) are the  81 species and habitats that we consider to be conservation priorities in our waters. The PMF list is used to help … Continue reading

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Glasdrum’s ancient woodland

Continuing our series on Argyll’s National Nature Reserves, we focus on an ancient wood near Oban. Overlooking a sea loch, ash and oak trees dominate the wood, with trunks softened by a thick coat of mosses and lichens which drip … Continue reading

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Tentsmuir NNR – an inspiration for artists and scientists

Today we hear from Tom Cunningham, our Reserve Manager at Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve. Having worked at Tentsmuir for 17 years, few people know the reserve as well as Tom. Here he updates us on the work of  the reserve’s 2013 Artist … Continue reading

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