Monthly Archives: September 2015

Species of the month: North Atlantic gannet

Killer acceleration, ultra-streamlined body, wrap-around airbags and dazzling speeds – we’re not talking supercars here but a seabird. In fact, the biggest seabird in the North Atlantic, with a wingspan of just under 2 m: the northern gannet. For the … Continue reading

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Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland

How do you help someone to take the leap from thinking that, maybe they’d like to start cycling, to actually sitting on a saddle and pedalling? Surveys often tell us that people mulling over that leap would be happier taking … Continue reading

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Swallows and heavy water – the making of a remarkable scientist

Professor Des Thompson, our Principal Adviser on Biodiversity, celebrates the pioneering work of life scientist Professor Dave Bryant, who celebrates his 70th birthday today. Along with the spring return of swallows in 1972 a young lecturer arrived at Stirling University’s … Continue reading

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Spotted: Scottish wildcat sighted at Parliament

Vicky MacDonald is the Communications Coordinator for the Scottish Wildcat Action project. Here she gives us an insight into why this project is important and what their new website hopes to achieve. It’s not every day you get to wear … Continue reading

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Islands at the edge of the world: exploring St Kilda’s sea caves

The World Heritage Site, St Kilda, lies 41 miles west of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides and is the most remote part of the British Isles. With life on the islands becoming increasingly challenging, the archipelago’s last 36 human residents … Continue reading

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The Bog Squad in ACTION

Butterfly Conservation Scotland’s ‘Bog Squad’ is a volunteer task force, created to carry out rehabilitation works on damaged peatlands across Scotland’s Central Belt, with funding from our Peatland ACTION project. David Hill of Butterfly Conservation tells us more. Central Scotland … Continue reading

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Making Soils Count!

The Dirt Doctors’ Grant Campbell provides an insight into the communication style of one of our popular Sharing Good Practice events, whilst casting a light on some of the current issues and challenges around the sustainable management of one our … Continue reading

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Celebrating the joys and benefits of working in the field

The Year of Fieldwork aims to encourage schools and colleges across the country to celebrate learning outside of the classroom or laboratory, and the lifelong benefits and opportunities that this can provide. Iain Macdonald, from our Biodiversity Team, reminisces on … Continue reading

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Flatworms

Where in the UK are New Zealand Flatworms and what are they up to?  It’s a good question, and people around the UK are being asked to help researchers from the University of Aberdeen and the James Hutton Institute pinpoint … Continue reading

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A big visitor

We start our September blogging with an update from the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve. Situated 35 miles west of Aberdeen this reserve has a lot to offer as Reserve Manager Catriona Reid explains. What’s more it recently had … Continue reading

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