Tag Archives: nature

Marvellous Mining Bees

The discovery of mining bees in Simon Ritchie‘s parents’ garden inspired him to read-up on these scarce burrowing insects. There are more than 1,300 species of mining bee around the world. However, only a fraction of these species are known … Continue reading

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An dreathan-donn – eun beag leòmach / the wren – small and ‘conceited’

Ged a tha an dreathan-donn beag, gu dearbh chan eil e bog / The wren might be diminutive, but in Gaelic tradition, it has a high opinion of itself… An dreathan-donn – eun beag leòmach Ann am beul-aithris nan Gàidheal, … Continue reading

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Lockdown Nostalgia

Nature has helped many of us through the various challenges of the past few months. We’ve watched nature thrive through our screens and spent time observing life with fresh eyes and ears in our gardens and from windows. We’ve really … Continue reading

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Tadpole Tails and Water Dragons

An overheard conversation between mother and child during a local stroll made Biodiversity Opportunities Adviser, Zeshan Akhter, wonder if lockdown is providing many people the time to look deeper into the nature that surrounds them… To convince myself the wider … Continue reading

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World Environment Day: Your lockdown nature stories

In these unprecedented and difficult times, many of us have found solace in the natural world and a renewed interested in, and appreciation of, nature. We recently asked people to share with us some of their memorable stories and images … Continue reading

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Noticing change in times of uncertainty.

Chris Mackie is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh’s Moray House School of Education and Sport. His research is funded by Scottish Natural Heritage’s Magnus Magnusson studentship. In this post, he reflects on how the current situation can … Continue reading

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Garden sanctuary

Suzanne McIntyre is missing the nature reserves she manages in the south of Scotland. But she’s discovered there’s a lot more life in her own back yard than she had realised, and that tuning in to nature in your garden can … Continue reading

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Lorg Ghlaschu – In Search of the Dear Green Place

Musician Mary Ann Kennedy was brought up in Glasgow in a Gaelic-speaking family with island roots. In our post today, Mary Ann digs deep into the natural Gaelic and other roots of the Dear Green Place. You can read the … Continue reading

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Lockdown on nature? Not really

In our post today Biodiversity Officer, Iain Macdonald, shares his thoughts on Covid-19 and nature, following a pensive lockdown stroll around town… Where have the cars, the planes, the trains and the people all gone? I don’t know about you, … Continue reading

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Toads versus frogs at St Cyrus NNR

Frogs and toads clearly have a lot in common. For many, if not most of us, trying to tell the difference between the two is as confusing as being introduced to identical twins, called Anna and Hanna. But not for … Continue reading

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