Tag Archives: Highland

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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Walking for wellbeing along the Caledonian Canal

An ambling walk can be great therapy – taking in the natural world around you, with some good company and relaxed conversation. And so an innovative project launched in Inverness last week has begun providing nature-based ‘ecotherapy’ walks for people … Continue reading

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An urban life aquatic

Newts, diving beetles, shrimp – a project in Inverness has found that the city’s drainage systems are home to a surprising array of aquatic wildlife. The year-long study, funded by SNH and the Highland Council, builds on previous work which … Continue reading

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A late feeding frenzy at Craigellachie

Craigellachie National Nature Reserve is easily glimpsed from the A9, but as it sits on the other side of the road to Aviemore it can be overlooked. More’s the pity as it is one of our finest nature reserves, as … Continue reading

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Newt homes for great crested Highlanders

In 2007 a Black Isle dog walker noticed a strange looking newt. A few months later, also on the Black Isle in the Highlands, a schoolboy discovered a great crested newt breeding site. Before this, there were only a dozen … 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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A focus for Scottish wildcat action

A recent study highlighted six areas recommended as priorities for future wildcat conservation work in Scotland. The study comes as part of the Scottish Wildcat Conservation Action Plan, which aims to protect our best remaining wildcat populations. The report detected … 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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Sensing Landscape: Walking, Talking and Spotting

Rachel Mimiec, our NSA Artist in Residence, gives us another update on her work from Glen Nevis and Glencoe. Over the past week I have been out with a few different walking groups. There is a great network of groups … Continue reading

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Getting close to Highland wildlife

It’s been an exciting year so far on the National Nature Reserves (NNRs) we look after in the Highlands, as we’ve been using remote cameras to get a better look at some of the nesting birds. At Corrieshalloch Gorge NNR … Continue reading

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