Monthly Archives: October 2015

Forests and Food event goes down a treat!

Glorious sunshine and a spectacular coastal setting are a couple of the ingredients which helped to make our Forests & Food event this month one to savour. Add to this teamwork, sound planning and pre-event publicity (easier these days thanks … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Great Trails – The West Highland Way

Mention a long-distance path nowadays and you are likely to see it described as both a long-distance challenge and something that you can enjoy in bite-size chunks. Yet, perhaps the West Highland Way, of all our long-distance paths, is the … Continue reading

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LANTRA Scotland

Kevin Patrick is a Director of LANTRA Scotland and our guest blogger today.  LANTRA is the Sector Skills Council for land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation industries in Scotland. It works closely in a number of areas with organisations like Scottish … Continue reading

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The SNH PhD student conference – a view from the bus

Professor Colin Bean was wowed by the energy and quality of presentations at the PhD conference that SNH and the Royal Society of Edinburgh held jointly recently. As he reveals below it was a conference that excelled from a scientific … Continue reading

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Species of the month – wasp

I saw a wasp upon a wall And did not like his face at all: And so the creature had no time To wonder whether he liked mine. ‘Plain Murder’, A.G. Prys-Jones.     The maligned common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) … Continue reading

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Natural bookshelf

Scotland is well served by publishers, and in recent months there have been some interesting additions to the ranks of books dealing with natural history. In this column we look back on four newish titles. Set in Stone by Alan … Continue reading

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Shooting Shetland

Our guest blogger today is James Salisbury who, until recently, was studying for a Master of Arts degree in Wildlife Documentary Production at the University of Salford. For his final film he chose to spend a month documenting the birds … Continue reading

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Great Expectations

The Great Trossachs Forest National Nature Reserve is the UK’s newest and largest. Home to iconic wildlife it also offers great opportunities for recreation, as project manager Sue Morris explains. The Great Trossachs Forest National Nature Reserve is a huge … Continue reading

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Helping nature adapt to climate change

Our climate is changing. Climate change is bringing higher temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, and rising sea levels. Less rainfall means that some habitats will dry out more in summer; peatlands may stop storing carbon and providing special habitats for wildlife. … Continue reading

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From Beinn Eighe to bees

It was in the reign of Queen Victoria that the first foreign honeybees were imported into the UK and our weather-hardy, chocolate-coloured brown bee began to fall out of fashion. Before this, all beekeepers in Britain kept the British Isles’ … Continue reading

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