Category Archives: sea life

Are you ready for the Natural & Cultural Heritage Fund?

A new £5 million fund to support people and organisations with their ideas to promote the outstanding scenery, wildlife and culture of the Highlands and Islands is coming soon. The Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund opens in just a month … Continue reading

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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

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Turning the tide on marine plastic at NNRs

This weekend was the Great British Beach Clean, an initiative of the Marine Conservation Society. We held clean-up events at Forvie and St Cyrus National Nature Reserves (NNRs) and encouraged members of the community to join us. Our NNR Reserve … Continue reading

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Surveying Scotland’s marine mammals: life as an ORCA surveyor

On 11-12 June, SNH Marine Operations Officer Dr. Jane Dodd began her Team Leader training while taking part in her 3rd ORCA survey on Caledonian MacBrayne ferries out of Oban. Here, she shares her experience as an Onboard ORCA Marine … Continue reading

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Ainmean Gàidhlig air na Maoraich / Gaelic Names for Marine Molluscs

Tha liosta de dh’ainmean Gàidhlig airson 85 maoraich a ghabhas lorg timcheall costa na h-Alba air a dhol a-mach gu co-chomhairleachadh poblach / A list of proposed standard Gaelic names for 85 marine mollusc species in Scottish waters has gone … 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 harbour seals of Loch Fleet NNR

As part of our ‘Marine’ themed month, a collaborative blog has been written by Adam Rose (SNH Operations Officer, Sutherland) and Becky Hewitt (University of Aberdeen). They tell us about Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve, with a particular emphasis on … Continue reading

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Faclan Gàidhlig agus a’ mhuir / Gaelic words and the sea

’S e Ceit Langhorne a sgrìobh am bloga againn an-diugh. Tha i na Neach-taic Corpais aig Dachaigh airson Stòras na Gàidhlig (DASG) aig Oilthigh Ghlaschu. ’S e tasgladh digiteach a th’ ann an DASG ’s e stèidhichte air cruinneachadh de … 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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My favourite beach: “so beautiful it almost hurts to look”!

Following on from our Friday post, three more members of our coastal & marine team share their favourite beaches with us. We’d love to hear about your favourite and what makes it so special for you. Tag us on Twitter … Continue reading

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