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Restoring peatlands for Scotland’s wildlife

Peatland ACTION, with the help of project partners and volunteers, are on the road to restoring Scotland’s peatlands in an effort to improve biodiversity and combat climate change. Here David Hill, Peatland Restoration Project Officer from Butterfly Conservation Scotland’s Bog … Continue reading

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Innovative crofting on the West Coast

Kirsten Brewster, from SNH’s Rural Resources Unit, discusses a recent trip to the West Coast to learn more about an innovative croft following holistic farming methods. On the morning of 5 June, SNH staff were joined by colleagues from Rural … Continue reading

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What’s the connection between peat and fish?

The answer is not about smoking the fish over a peat fire!  Peatland Action officer Rachel Coyle from the Tweed Forum can answer this question. I’ve been involved in an interesting project at Dryhope Farm on the Philiphaugh Estate in … Continue reading

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Astonishing facts about place names – folklore of the Gaels.

This blog explores part of the rich folklore of the Gaels and the importance of the Gaelic heroines of Scotland and Ireland in the naming of places.  A must read.… An English translation is below Gaelic text. Na Dùin a … Continue reading

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Celebrating a decade of the Ayrshire Coastal Path

To celebrate 10 years of the Ayrshire Coastal Path, we invited Ron Ireland, publicity convenor of Ayr Rotary Club, to give us the lowdown of the creation of this popular coastal route and the dedication from local volunteers. In December … Continue reading

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Fascinating Gaelic-named islands of Loch Lomond

Ruairidh MacIlleathain guides us through the fascinating ‘Inches’ – the Gaelic-named islands of Loch Lomond. The English summary can be read underneath the Gaelic. Loch nan Innsean Tha am facal innis a’ nochdadh ann an grunn riochdan ann an ainmean-tìre … Continue reading

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Achlasan Chaluim Chille / Columba’s Armpit Package

Tha lus a tha ceangailte ri meadhan an t-samhraidh cuideachd a’ cuimhneachadh Naomh Ceilteach ainmeil / A plant connected to midsummer also recalls a famous Celtic saint … Tha Lus Chaluim Chille co-cheangailte ri Naomh Eòin ann am Beurla (‘St. … Continue reading

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The Cateran Trail – a walkers dream

The Cateran Trail, aptly acknowledged as ‘the sort of Scotland walkers dream of’ by TGO magazine is a fully waymarked circular route through the spectacular Perthshire and the Angus glens.  Andy Barrie, is Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust’s Strategic Routes … Continue reading

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#CycleForNature – an inspiring week!

Another three offices and three National Nature Reserves visited this week and 147 miles cycled. Now with four legs completed, #CycleForNature will soon look forward to pushing off again from Aviemore on 16 July. Today, following on from Wednesday’s post, … Continue reading

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Planning for Great Places

Peter Hutchinson, SNH’s Supporting Good Development Activity Lead, explains our new approach to engaging in the Planning System. When it comes to planning, it’s good to talk – and the earlier the better.  Sharing ideas, considering the benefits of nature, … Continue reading

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