Category Archives: Scottish Natural Heritage

Find autumn gold in Scotland’s National Nature Reserves

Autumn, with its depth of colour and light, is a fantastic season to get out and explore our mountains, forests and coasts, especially if you’re looking for ideas to get the kids active during the school break. Scotland’s wonderful National … Continue reading

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The Terns of Forvie

At Forvie National Nature Reserve (NNR) the breeding season for the terns is coming to an end. It has been another mixed year for one of Scotland’s biggest colonies of terns and a time when the NNR staff and volunteers … Continue reading

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Why we welcome beavers – but also need to support farmers

It has been one month since beavers were added to the list of European Protected Species of Animals and protected under Scottish law. We look at the benefits beavers can bring, and work being done to tackle the problems they … Continue reading

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Helping Orkney’s Native Wildlife Thrive

The Orkney Islands, just off the north east coast of Scotland, are home to priceless natural heritage and it’s this unique environment that the Orkney Native Wildlife Project protects. Although the combined land area of the 70 islands is less … Continue reading

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Beautiful but deadly – the plant with a dark side

Rhododendron may appear beautiful – but one type of this impressive looking plant is posing a deadly threat to Scotland’s rainforest plants and lichens. Rhododendron ponticum, a majestic shrub with its early summer explosions of bright pink blooms, is a … Continue reading

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Invasive Species Week….and Beyond

This week is national Invasive Species Week. Today’s blog, a collaboration between SNH and the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI), takes a look at invasive non-native species living on our riverbanks and lochsides, and explains the control methods used to … Continue reading

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Lusan a tha a’ Casg na Fala / Blood-staunching Plants

Tha grunn lusan dùthchasach air an tomhas mar èifeachdach ann a bhith a’ casg sileadh fala à lotan / A number of our native plants have been traditionally used to help prevent blood flow from skin wounds Lusan a tha … Continue reading

Posted in Gaelic, Scottish Natural Heritage

Èildean ann an Ainmean-àite / Hinds in Place-names

Tha am facal eilid a’ nochdadh gu tric ann an ainmean-àite air a’ Ghàidhealtachd, mar a tha Ruairidh MacIlleathain a’ mìneachadh / The Gaelic name for the red deer hind appears frequently in the Highland landscape, as Roddy Maclean explains. … Continue reading

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Getting close to biodiversity at Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve

Our Biodiversity Strategy Team has been catching up at Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve finding out more about the intricacies of the site and getting some hands-on tasks in too. Read about how they got on from our Biodiversity Strategy … Continue reading

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Faclan eile airson ‘Madadh-allaidh’ / Gaelic words for ‘Wolf’

Tha an t-uabhas fhaclan Gàidhlig a tha a’ seasamh airson ‘madadh-allaidh’ / There is a large number of Gaelic words meaning ‘wolf’. Faclan eile airson ‘Madadh-allaidh’ Tha an t-uabhas de cheann-fhaclan ann am Faclair Dwelly a sheasas airson na Beurla … Continue reading

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