Tag Archives: Coast

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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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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St Cyrus’ most wild and rare

Simon Ritchie is the newly appointed Seasonal Reserve Assistant based at the SNH St Cyrus National Nature Reserve (NNR), north of Montrose. Growing up in the area, Simon has developed a wealth of experience, and knowledge of the reserve. As … 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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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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Ocean Junkyard

The shocking reality of the damage done to our marine wildlife by human rubbish is something we all need to think about.  Zeshan Akhter, SNH’s Biodiversity Strategy Officer, tells us more, and you’ll be surprised. “Well, you lot have set … Continue reading

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Conserving the marine riches of the Berwickshire coast

The Berwickshire coast and its shallow seas are home to some of the most spectacular marine life in Europe. The newly formed Berwickshire and Northumberland Marine Nature Partnership will help ensure its sensitive management. Claire Hedley, the Partnership’s Project Officer … Continue reading

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A great trail – the Arran Coastal Way

They say that the Isle of Arran is ‘Scotland in miniature’ but the Arran Coastal Way is anything but miniature. It is a challenging and rugged long distance route hugging the island’s coastline for around 65 miles. But don’t 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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