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Soilleireachadh ‘dubhair’ air mapaichean / Shedding light on toponymic ‘darkness’

Airson ainmean-àite le ‘dubh’ a thuigsinn, ʼs dòcha gum feumar coimhead air slighe na grèine / To interpret place-names with the descriptor ‘dubh’ you may need to look at the path of the sun … Soilleireachadh ‘dubhair’ air mapaichean Is … Continue reading

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Cairt-làir – lus beag le cliù mòr / Tormentil – little plant with a big reputation

Ged a tha e beag, tha dualchas iongantach aig a’ chairt-làir, gu h-àraidh am measg nan Gàidheal / Tormentil might be small and little celebrated today, but it played a substantial role in the social history of northern Scotland … … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Giant Mozzies

We’ve had several reports recently from people who have been attacked by ‘giant mosquitos’, asking whether this is ‘normal’ in Scotland. The short answer is yes, it is normal, there are several native species of mosquito in Scotland. Some species … Continue reading

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‘Sneachd’ air Aghaidh na Tìre / ‘Snow’ in the Gaelic Landscape

Faodaidh ainmean-àite le sneachd innse dhuinn mu àiteachan far an laigh an stuth geal sa gheamhradh, agus àiteachan a thaisbeanadh a dhearbhas dhuinn buaidh blàthachadh na h-aimsire / Gaelic place-names with sneachd can help to inform our understanding of the … Continue reading

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The Herald of Winter – and other November fungi

As the trees turn bare and opportunities for momijigari diminish – a Japanese word for admiring the colours of autumn leaves – lower your eyes when out on your woodland walks and you’ll find that there are still a good … Continue reading

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An Ceòl a bu Bhinne Chualas / The Sweetest Music Ever Heard

Sgrìobh an sàr-bhàrd Donnchadh Bàn Mac an t-Saoir mu a ghràdh do nàdar. ’S dòcha gu bheil a bhàrdachd fhèin a cheart cho airidh air moladh ’s a tha òran nan cearcan monaidh … The master wordsmith Duncan Bàn MacIntyre … Continue reading

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Archaeology revealed the Hebridean way

Seven archaeological sites along the Hebridean Way are set to feature in digital reconstructions created by the Uist Virtual Archaeology Project. Viewers’ experiences will be revolutionised in a project which will harness emerging technologies to better explain the tremendous archaeological assets … Continue reading

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Mulling over Ulva’s history

A mere hop, skip and jump from Mull will land you on Ulva.  An island with ancestral links to David Livingstone, known in the past as ‘Wolf island’, and the scene of sweeping Clearances. To this day Ulva is as … Continue reading

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Eun a’ Chinn Duibh air a bheil ‘Ceann-fionn’ / The Black-headed ‘White Head’ Bird

Carson a tha na Gàidheil a’ gabhail ‘ceann-fionn’ air eun le ceann dubh? Tha Ruairidh MacIlleathain a’ feuchainn ris an gnothach a shoilleireachadh. / Why do Scotland’s Gaels call penguins ‘white-heads’, despite their being black-headed? Roddy Maclean investigates a nomenclatural … Continue reading

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Farmers working to save Scotland’s corn buntings

This week, NatureScot’s Helen Taylor tells us about the work going on protect one of Scotland’s best-known farmland birds – the corn bunting. Farmers do an important job making sure we are all fed – but they also have an … Continue reading

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