Monthly Archives: November 2015

United Nations Climate Change Conference

Susan Davies, our Chief Executive, takes a look forward to the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris starting on Monday, and how SNH is playing its part. Climate change presents one of the biggest challenges to … Continue reading

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An urban life aquatic

Newts, diving beetles, shrimp – a project in Inverness has found that the city’s drainage systems are home to a surprising array of aquatic wildlife. The year-long study, funded by SNH and the Highland Council, builds on previous work which … Continue reading

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John Sawyer (1st November 1968 – 6th November 2015)

Today (25 November) is John Sawyer’s funeral and gathering in his remembrance. Some people, at the end of their lives, have obituaries written and waiting for that moment. But when the end is unexpected at the early age of 47, … Continue reading

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Fern Scotland

We’re asking for your views on 85 proposed Gaelic names for ferns and associated species found in Scotland. Some of the plant names are well-established and familiar to Gaelic speakers, and we’ve proposed names for other species that don’t have … Continue reading

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Species of the month – lions of the sea

Any guess what this is? It is, of course, a star-forming region in the carina nebula, courtesy of NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). How about this? Imagine a sunny warm day … Continue reading

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Bloga aoighe bho Dhachaigh airson Stòras na Gàidhlig / The Digital Archive for Scottish Gaelic

’S i Ceit Langhorne a sgrìobh am bloga againn an-diugh. Tha i na Neach-taic Corpais aig Dachaigh airson Stòras na Gàidhlig (DASG) aig Oilthigh Ghlaschu. ’S e tasgladh digiteach a th’ ann an DASG ’s e stèidhichte air cruinneachadh de … Continue reading

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Sharing information about Scotland’s special seas

At almost half a million square kilometres the sea around Scotland is six times the size of our land mass and home to huge variety of internationally and nationally important wildlife. From the smallest plankton, the foundation of marine ecosystems, … Continue reading

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Fungi breaking down the forest floor

November is still a good month for finding fungi on our forest floors and our friends at Scottish Fungi have recommended two rather cool species to keep an eye out for at this time of year. The cucumber cap is … Continue reading

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The Shieling Project

Have you ever stumbled into an unexpected grassy area, full of mounds or low walls, in the middle of the hills?  Maybe you’ve wondered if the quiet heather-covered uplands were always that way? You may well have walked through one … Continue reading

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The changing nature of our climate

Imagine if you could no longer find your favourite bird on the wetland in winter, or if trees were dying in your local wood for lack of water in summer. What if the fish in our rivers changed, and salmon … Continue reading

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