Category Archives: sea life

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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Life’s a peach on our favourite beach

Our coastal & marine team see a lot of Scottish beaches. So with summer approaching fast we thought we’d ask a few of them to tell us about their personal favourite. Today we hear from Rona and Glen, and we’ll … Continue reading

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Our work at sea

It’s marine month here at SNH and our focus throughout May will be on the wide range of work we’re involved with in or near our seas, and on connecting people with our fantastic marine wildlife and seascapes. Scotland’s coasts … 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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A world of riches above and below Scotland’s seas

 A colourful catalogue showcasing the rich biodiversity in Scotland’s seas has just been published on our website. Illustrated with photos and maps, the intriguing catalogue describes Scotland’s 81 Priority Marine Features (PMFs). PMFs are the habitats and species considered to be … Continue reading

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Species of the month – lions of the sea

Any guess what this is? It is, of course, a star-forming region in the carina nebula, courtesy of NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). How about this? Imagine a sunny warm day … Continue reading

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Species of the month: North Atlantic gannet

Killer acceleration, ultra-streamlined body, wrap-around airbags and dazzling speeds – we’re not talking supercars here but a seabird. In fact, the biggest seabird in the North Atlantic, with a wingspan of just under 2 m: the northern gannet. For the … Continue reading

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