Tag Archives: Scottish Natural Heritage

Valuing nature in a complex world

Projects and Partnerships Officer Neville Makan reflects on a recent conference that posed the question – how do we value nature? Valuing nature poses many challenges.  Yet recognising what we value in nature is an essential first step in establishing … Continue reading

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The bird with the golden eye

Goldeneye may bring to mind one of the better James Bond movies of the 1990s but it is of course also a medium sized duck which is found all around the world’s more northerly regions, from North America, across Europe … Continue reading

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Monitoring the condition of our Marine Protected Areas

Almost 90 years after St Kilda’s last 36 residents were evacuated to the mainland, the islands remain hugely important for the wildlife they support.   The World Heritage Site hosts huge seabird populations, including the world’s second largest colony of North … Continue reading

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Pupils develop products to get more people outdoors and improve mental health

Sixth year pupil Eve Hart writes a guest blog about Culloden Inspire, the Young Enterprise team from Culloden Academy, and tells us about the innovative products they’ve developed.  Young Enterprise is a charity set up to allow sixth year pupils … Continue reading

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New leadership’s first annual report sees year of successes and looks to the future

2017/18 was a year of change for SNH.  We welcomed a new Chair and a new CEO; and we refreshed our Corporate Plan, with an eye to the future and a stronger focus on the benefits that connecting people and … Continue reading

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Connecting people and plants

SNH’s Iain Macdonald was just one of around 175 people with a passion for wild plants at an unofficially record-breaking meeting in Edinburgh recently… Not long ago I was sitting in a room surrounded by botanists, probably the single largest … Continue reading

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Mòine: Gaelic vocabulary for peat

Tha sinn glè thoilichte gu bheil bloga aoighe eile againn bhon sgioba aig Dachaigh airson Stòras na Gàidhlig.  An turas-sa, tha Ceit Langhorne a’ toirt sùil air briathrachas na Gàidhlig ceangailte ris a’ mhòine  /We’re delighted to feature another guest … Continue reading

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A club where birdies are par for the course

In our guest blog today Billy McLachlin, course manager at Royal Troon Golf Club, tells us how they are working for wildlife on one of the world’s finest links courses. Royal Troon Golf Club is a site of international renown … Continue reading

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Go watch a salmon leap

Atlantic salmon, more than any other fish, occupy a prominent position in the cultural mythology of Scotland. The Picts knew this when they carved its image on stones; the Celts when they told tales of the Salmon of Wisdom. For … Continue reading

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A summer of learning and sharing as Scotland leads the way in offshore floating wind farms

This summer has been particularly busy for our marine energy team.  We’ve been out on site to view the construction of the Beatrice offshore wind farm as well as hosting a visit from Japanese officials and their advisers interested in learning … Continue reading

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