Monthly Archives: March 2015

Species of the month – Scottish crossbill

This is Scotland’s – indeed, Britain’s – only endemic bird species: one that breeds here, and nowhere else in the world. It lives in pinewoods and conifer plantations, especially old-growth Caledonian Forest in the Highlands, as David Wood explains. Another … Continue reading

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Fresh new look at Beinn Eighe

Our refurbished Beinn Eighe Visitor Centre will open from Easter to October this year. As Fergus MacNeill reveals, this is the ideal time to sample the delights on offer at Beinn Eighe and Loch Maree Islands National Nature Reserve. Why … Continue reading

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Help Police Scotland end wildlife crime

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Police Scotland have launched a new campaign to tackle wildlife crime across Scotland – and you can help by keeping your eyes open and reporting any suspicious activity on 101. Clare Borland, Social Media Officer at Police Scotland, reflects on … Continue reading

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Golden-hair lichen on the ‘enchanted isles’

Andy Acton, a noted lichenologist, is our guest blogger today.  His tale is one of golden hair and enchanted isles. Read on if adventure and a sense of discovery appeal. The rugged and remote Shiant Isles, in the Minch 6 … Continue reading

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Celebrating Ancient Gorge Woodlands

Once known as the Fruit Basket of Scotland, the Clyde and Avon valleys, just south of Glasgow, are characterised by orchards, glasshouses, glorious gardens of times gone by.  There are also traces of the area’s mining and industrial heritage and, … Continue reading

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The prickly issue of Uists’ waders

It’s thought that just seven hedgehogs were introduced to South Uist in 1974 – to control slugs and snails in a domestic garden. Since then the invasive carnivores have spread across South Uist and Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides. Today, … Continue reading

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Early 2015 at Muir of Dinnet

Followers of our Muir of Dinnet NNR blog know of the weather extremes experienced on the reserve this year. If you don’t follow the blog here’s an update from this stunning reserve. Lying within the Cairngorms National Park, Muir of … Continue reading

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