Monthly Archives: January 2015

Species of the Month – Trout

The native range of the brown trout (Salmo trutta) extends from Iceland and the White Sea in the north, to the Atlas mountains of Morocco in the south, making them one of the most widespread freshwater fish in Europe. They … 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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Shivering in St Cyrus

Reserve Manager Therese Alampo gives an update on what’s been happening at this popular reserve just outside Montrose. I have never seen the reserve so cocooned in ice.   All the sandy tracks to the shore are like glass, this ice … Continue reading

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Skye – the island that keeps on giving

Not for the first time Skye has been the focus of a major find of Jurassic-period fossils. This time it is a new species of marine reptile that has excited palaeontologists; previously remains of one of the world’s oldest turtles … Continue reading

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Seabird City goes live

Back in July we reported from our Noss National Nature Reserve on a visitor with a very specific mission.  Stephen Parker was working on a wildlife documentary as part of his University of Salford Masters Degree and we promised to … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Priority Marine Features – deep-sea sponge communities

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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Caerlaverock, great at any time

With the passing of the winter solstice, the days may be getting longer, but they aren’t yet much warmer.  A visit to Caerlaverock at this time of year will however warm the spirits and guarantee seeing big flocks of barnacle … Continue reading

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