Tag Archives: Coast

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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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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Celebrating the joys and benefits of working in the field

The Year of Fieldwork aims to encourage schools and colleges across the country to celebrate learning outside of the classroom or laboratory, and the lifelong benefits and opportunities that this can provide. Iain Macdonald, from our Biodiversity Team, reminisces on … Continue reading

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The prickly issue of Uists’ waders

It’s thought that just seven hedgehogs were introduced to South Uist in 1974 – to control slugs and snails in a domestic garden. Since then the invasive carnivores have spread across South Uist and Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides. Today, … Continue reading

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Protecting Scotland’s maerl beds

The Scottish Government used an Urgent Marine Conservation Order (MCO) for the first time at the end of 2014, to protect a fragile ecosystem in the sea off Arran. Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead made the order in response to fishing … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Priority Marine Features – serpulid reefs

Scotland’s coasts and seas are home to around 8,000 animal and plant species. Priority Marine Features (PMFs) are the  81 species and habitats that we consider to be conservation priorities in our waters. The PMF list is used to help … Continue reading

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Tentsmuir NNR – an inspiration for artists and scientists

Today we hear from Tom Cunningham, our Reserve Manager at Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve. Having worked at Tentsmuir for 17 years, few people know the reserve as well as Tom. Here he updates us on the work of  the reserve’s 2013 Artist … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Priority Marine Features – bottlenose dolphins

Priority Marine Features (PMFs) are species and habitats that we consider to be conservation priorities in Scottish waters. Our coasts and seas are home to around 8,000 animal and plant species. The PMF list is used to help target future … Continue reading

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