Category Archives: Species of the month

Species of the month – red squirrel

Jenny Bryce is an SNH operations officer and wildlife ecologist, who leads on projects involving squirrels and wildcats.  For our regular Species of the Month post Jenny takes a look at a species close to her heart – the red … Continue reading

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Species of the month – red deer

The roar of red deer stags across a Highland glen is one of the most evocative sounds of a Scottish autumn. For many of us who take to the hills at this time of year, hearing that wild sound and … Continue reading

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Species of the month – Scots pine

More than any other tree, the Scots pine gives some of Scotland’s oldest Highland woods their distinctive appearance. The dark green of its canopy and the orange-brown of the trunks are part of that beauty. So, too, is the way … Continue reading

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Good news from Islay as chough population grows

A nutritious supper for fledglings is helping to prevent the loss of one of Scotland’s rarest resident breeding birds. Rae McKenzie from our Bowmore office on Islay explains. Scotland’s red-billed chough population is restricted to the islands of Islay and Colonsay … Continue reading

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Species of the month – Manx shearwater

Andy Douse is Scottish Natural Heritage’s senior ornithologist. He has recently been working on Rum National Nature Reserve counting and observing the Manx shearwater colony. Here he tells us what that work involved.   Despite the fact that it was … Continue reading

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Species of the month

Mason bee When you hear about pollination, probably ‘honey bees’ come to mind, or perhaps ‘bumblebees’. These bees are indeed important pollinating agents, but, as Athayde Tonhasca explains, many other insects contribute to this vital ecological service – particularly solitary … Continue reading

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Species of the month

Pine marten Seldom seen, the pine marten is a furred woodland dweller that likes to make its moves by night. It was pushed to the brink of UK extinction in the past through human persecution and loss of habitat, and … Continue reading

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Species of the month

Atlantic salmon The salmon is one of the truly iconic species of Scotland, and its very presence in our waters is a source of considerable pride. Indeed Scotland is home to some of the finest salmon rivers in the world; set … Continue reading

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Species of the month

Otter The otter is undoubtedly one of Britain’s favourite mammals, and currently flourishing. Seen as being inquisitive, playful and intelligent, they’re magnificent swimmers that are found in coastal as well as inland waters across much of Scotland. A member of … Continue reading

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Species of the month

Raven Tumbling in the sky, ‘gronking’ noisily, the raven is one of the most distinctive and charismatic birds in Scotland. Few birds however, provoke such a range of contradictory emotions as the raven. On the one hand this is a … Continue reading

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