Tag Archives: Scottish Natural Heritage

The month of maggots and flies

Tha Ruairidh MacIlleathain a’ mìneachadh mar a fhuair “An t-Iuchar” ainm. Tha eadar-theangachadh Beurla às dèidh na Gàidhlig. Roddy Maclean tells us about the history behind the Gaelic name for ‘July.’ An English translation follows below the Gaelic. Mìos nan … 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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Improving and protecting drinking water quality at Sandy Loch, Shetland

Peatland ACTION Project Officer Lauren Dixon explains the link between healthy peatlands and drinking water by telling us about the restoration work at Sandy Loch, Shetland. Large bare peat surface contributing to high organic load and colour at the water … Continue reading

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Surveying Scotland’s marine mammals: life as an ORCA surveyor

On 11-12 June, SNH Marine Operations Officer Dr. Jane Dodd began her Team Leader training while taking part in her 3rd ORCA survey on Caledonian MacBrayne ferries out of Oban. Here, she shares her experience as an Onboard ORCA Marine … Continue reading

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Peatland ACTION – changing the landscapes of Scotland!

Peatland ACTION are working to restore degraded peatlands and breathe life back into this habitat, as Project Manager Andrew McBride explains… In your mind…picture Scotland’s peatlands. No doubt a vision of a large, expansive, remote brown coloured landscape. The image … Continue reading

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Celebrating the achievements of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative

On 27 June, SNH Operations Officer Neville Makan attended an event in Stirling celebrating the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative. This partnership between local authorities, agencies, and charities has spent nearly 4 years working to conserve habitats and footpaths and provide … Continue reading

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Scotland’s first ever Pollinator Trail, designed by and for children, open now!

On Friday 15 June, Scotland’s first ever Pollinator Trail opened at Whitmuir Farm in the Scottish Borders.  Neville Makan, local SNH Operations Officer, tells us about the launch of the trail and why pollinators are so important. Heather Anderson and … Continue reading

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Scotland’s natural features improved

SNH recently released a report looking at the condition of Scotland’s natural features. SNH’s Site Condition Monitoring Data Manager Brian Dickson explains some of the findings and shares a few examples of the work we’ve done with partners. Scotland’s protected … Continue reading

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Why you must experience the John Muir Way?

Elaine Macintosh, John Muir Way Development Officer of Central Scotland Green Network Trust explains the extent of the John Muir Way and the opportunities it offers. When I first heard about the John Muir Way, I’d no idea it passed … Continue reading

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Beauty and innovation at Beinn Eighe NNR

George Winter, from Derby, recently spent 4 months volunteering at Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. However, this was far from his first time volunteering for outdoor work! Here he tells us about how his passion for the Scottish Highlands grew … Continue reading

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