Tag Archives: conservation

Gulls: a balancing act

It may not seem like it when gulls are swooping down trying to steal your chips, but the number of many species of gulls has plummeted. In fact, herring gulls and kittiwakes are on the red list of conservation concern … Continue reading

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Weaving a tapes-tree – The Loch Lomond Woodlands Project

To celebrate the International Day of Forests, our graduate placement Heather Reilly is highlighting some of our most important wooded areas, and the data mapping project which aims to better understand and illustrate them, in today’s blog. On the bonny … Continue reading

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Tiny shells and hidden animals

Do you like snails? The gastropod molluscs commonly found in your garden are probably the first thing that spring to mind. Or maybe you smell garlic and see a yummy plate of l’escargot.  However, this small word covers an array … Continue reading

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Local community takes pride in local conservation site

The Friends of Almondell and Calderwood Country Park tell us how they‘re implementing management to improve the biodiversity of their local wildlife site – Calderwood Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).    The group embarked on an initial five year … 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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Deer Management on the Assynt peninsula

Nationally and internationally important woodlands on northwest Sutherland’s Assynt peninsula are being seriously damaged by high numbers of grazing red deer. Over several years now our attempts to get the key landowners to agree a plan to manage the deer … Continue reading

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Wild about crop relatives

Crop wild relatives (CWRs) are wild plant species that are genetically related to our cultivated crops. Farmers have used them since the beginning of agriculture to improve their crops and get better harvests. Growing in the wild, they contain higher … Continue reading

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The changing nature of our climate

Imagine if you could no longer find your favourite bird on the wetland in winter, or if trees were dying in your local wood for lack of water in summer. What if the fish in our rivers changed, and salmon … Continue reading

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Swallows and heavy water – the making of a remarkable scientist

Professor Des Thompson, our Principal Adviser on Biodiversity, celebrates the pioneering work of life scientist Professor Dave Bryant, who celebrates his 70th birthday today. Along with the spring return of swallows in 1972 a young lecturer arrived at Stirling University’s … Continue reading

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