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#CycleForNature – 6 legs down, one to go!

We left Francesca midway through leg 6 with the sun in her eyes, as she sailed west towards Islay on ferry number three of the week…. Thursday dawned bright and breezy; first stop was SNH’s office in Bowmore where I … Continue reading

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#CycleForNature leg 6 — west as far as Islay

Leg six of #CycleForNature started at the beautiful Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve, where the dramatic scenery includes Munro summits, an exposed whaleback ridge and ice-carved gullies. It’s been another packed schedule for Francesca, as she describes below. I spent … Continue reading

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Butterflies of the night, beautifully captured.

Having a keen personal interest in macro photography, Caroline Anderson jumped at the chance to use her Volunteering Day to help reserve staff with a moth trap at Taynish National Nature Reserve. Caroline, a Unit Administrator based in our Lochgilphead … Continue reading

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Àirighean Os-nàdarrach / Supernatural Shielings

An cuir sibh ris an liosta de dh’àirighean ‘na h-aon oidhche’? / Can you add to the list of ‘one-night’ shielings? Àirighean na h-Aon Oidhche Tha làraichean sheann àirighean air feadh na Gàidhealtachd a’ cumail nar cuimhne mar a bhiodh … Continue reading

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The Bog Body of Gunnister Man – an engaging mystery

Peat bogs occasionally reveal artefacts that have remained intact due to the preserving characteristics of wet, acidic, carbon rich (oxygen poor) soil. Famously these have included ‘bog bodies’ such as Tollund Man, Grauballe Man and Lindow Man. Closer to home, … Continue reading

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Nature for future Generations – where next?

Cath Denholm,  our Deputy Chair, shares reflections on this week’s British Ecological Society/UK Government Conservation Agencies’ Conference on nature for future generations. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I was invited to attend the Nature for Future Generations conference … Continue reading

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Scotland’s biodiversity – six big steps for nature

Last month we had a strong focus on greenspaces. In August we’re looking at Biodiversity. One of our main tasks here at SNH is to improve Scotland’s biodiversity. Biodiversity is a word that we often use – but what does … 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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The Great Outdoors – Young People, Outdoor Learning and the 2020 Challenge for Scotland’s Biodiversity

Scotland is facing key pressures on its biodiversity. Some of these pressures are physical, such as pollution, the overuse of resources, or climate change. Others are more about the way we (under) value nature and the goods and services it … 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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