Monthly Archives: December 2015

Scotland’s Great Trails – The Ayrshire Coastal Path

It is on the doorstep for a large chunk of Scotland’s population yet arguably one of our least known Great Trails. Step forward Jimmy Begg who introduces you to The Ayrshire Coastal Path, a route that takes in 161 km … Continue reading

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Norwegian wood

Question: What does Norway have in common with Scotland?  Answer: Much more than those of us attending a talk by Scots-born ecologist, Duncan Halley, expected. Duncan lives and works in Norway for the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA). He … Continue reading

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Walking for wellbeing along the Caledonian Canal

An ambling walk can be great therapy – taking in the natural world around you, with some good company and relaxed conversation. And so an innovative project launched in Inverness last week has begun providing nature-based ‘ecotherapy’ walks for people … Continue reading

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The Road to Paris: A 2050 view

Jane Morrison works for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and is our guest blogger today. Jane is also a member of Scotland’s 2050 Climate Group and here she gives us her insight into COP21. A year and a half … Continue reading

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Wild about crop relatives

Crop wild relatives (CWRs) are wild plant species that are genetically related to our cultivated crops. Farmers have used them since the beginning of agriculture to improve their crops and get better harvests. Growing in the wild, they contain higher … Continue reading

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St Cyrus reflections on 2015

Therese Alampo provides our guest blog today, reflecting on the sights and sounds around St Cyrus as autumn rolls into winter. What a year we have had, a huge thanks to Kim Ross our seasonal reserve assistant for all her … Continue reading

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Species of the month – rowan

The rowan tree (Sorbus aucuparia) has deep roots in Celtic folklore, thanks mostly to its bright red berries, which have long been associated with spirits and all things magic. But never mind the myths; the rowan is a ubiquitous feature … Continue reading

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The Nature of Scotland Awards

The Nature of Scotland Awards have been with us for four years now. Organised by RSPB Scotland, they acknowledge outstanding contributions to Scotland’s natural heritage and they are a fitting accolade for work carried out by dedicated individuals and dynamic … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Great Trails – The Cowal Way

Opened in 2000, the Cowal Way is arguably Scotland’s most diverse long-distance footpath. Stewart Miller is the project manager for this 57-mile-long trail and here he describes not only the beauty of the area, but also the recent improvements that … Continue reading

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