Monthly Archives: May 2016

Dùthaich nan Cat – Land of the Cats

The wildcat is named on many of our natural features, as Ruairidh MacIlleathain explains. Read the full Gaelic version below. For an animal that’s rarely seen today, the Scottish wildcat appears on our maps surprisingly often, particularly in the Gàidhealtachd. … Continue reading

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RSPB Scotland launches search for conservation heroes

The search to find Scotland’s nature conservation heroes has begun with entries now open for RSPB Scotland’s Nature of Scotland Awards 2016. Now in their fifth year, these prestigious awards champion the innovative projects and dedicated people across the country … Continue reading

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Reflections on an SNH graduate placement

From cuddling pufflings to fieldwork up a mountain in gale-force winds, Natalie Cozzolino, one of our six graduate placements from 2015-2016, recalls her varied year with SNH. Last summer I was one of the lucky six to be selected for … Continue reading

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A day in the life of a bryologist

A day in the life of a bryologist. What would that be like? What does someone interested in mosses and liverworts get up to all day? Last summer I was lucky enough to find out, and it wasn’t what you … Continue reading

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Scottish frogs under threat…enter the dragon finders

Dragon Finder is an initiative aimed at spreading the word about amphibian and reptile conservation. It brings together practical conservation, surveying, data collection and interactive educational activities and now everyone can be involved by downloading a free app to help … Continue reading

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Gulls – glorious or greedy?

It may not seem like it when gulls are swooping down trying to steal your chips, but the number of many species of gulls has plummeted. In fact, herring gulls and kittiwakes are on the red list of conservation concern … Continue reading

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Keeping Scotland’s drinking water pure

The Sustainable Land Management (SLM) team at Scottish Water is working in collaboration with landowners and developers to help protect drinking water sources throughout Scotland. Lauren Dixon, Scottish Water’s technical Support, explains how. Scottish Water takes water from the environment … Continue reading

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Artistic antics on the Isle of May

Edinburgh-based artist Kittie Jones describes a recent creative week on the Isle of May with a group of fellow artists, all with a focus on the natural world. Drawing trips can provide a wonderful opportunity for total immersion in a … Continue reading

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Wireweed, the fast invading line of dirty washing

Iain Macdonald, SNH Policy & Advice Officer, tells us about the mysterious seaweed that’s making its way up the west coast of Scotland. I had been aware of wireweed for some time. How long for I don’t really know, certainly … Continue reading

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Conserving the marine riches of the Berwickshire coast

The Berwickshire coast and its shallow seas are home to some of the most spectacular marine life in Europe. The newly formed Berwickshire and Northumberland Marine Nature Partnership will help ensure its sensitive management. Claire Hedley, the Partnership’s Project Officer … Continue reading

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