Monthly Archives: June 2016

Things really are buzzing down at Weem

Now that the better weather seems to be here to stay, we can all start thinking about trips to the seaside and walking the dog without the need for full winter gear.   A popular walk near Aberfeldy lies along the … Continue reading

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Al Fresco art at Argyll’s National Nature Reserves

Taynish and Moine Mhor National Nature Reserves are the inspirational settings this summer for several exciting art projects. Artist in residence at Taynish NNR We are delighted to announce that award-winning artist Jane Smith has been appointed as Artist in … Continue reading

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Deer Management on the Assynt peninsula

Nationally and internationally important woodlands on northwest Sutherland’s Assynt peninsula are being seriously damaged by high numbers of grazing red deer. Over several years now our attempts to get the key landowners to agree a plan to manage the deer … Continue reading

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Big Park Big Questions

Grant Moir, CEO of Cairngorms National Park Authority, describes the nine issues to be addressed in the new Cairngorms National Park Partnership Plan and encourages everyone to take part in the conversation. The Cairngorms National Park is an incredible place … Continue reading

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Planning for the future of our seas

The inaugural Sea Scotland conference took place on 15 and 16 June, held at Dundee’s Discovery Point. SNH’s Chris Leakey, Policy and Advice Officer, was there and reports back. Led by Scottish Environment LINK, this was a truly collaborative effort by a … Continue reading

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Melissa’s story – from volunteer to assistant ranger

Melissa Viguier is one of Historic Environment Scotland’s new assistant rangers, but not long ago, she was a volunteer helping the rangers look after Holyrood Park. We asked her to tell us about her volunteering experience and how it prepared … Continue reading

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Awards flowing in for the Lookout

The Flows Lookout, a spectacular viewing tower in the midst of Forsinard Flows National Nature Reserve in Sutherland, has just won no fewer than three national awards. The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Awards took place recently, and the … Continue reading

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Are our plants changing?

How would you like to take part in a UK-wide project to record how our plant species are changing over time? The National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) is looking for volunteers to adopt a one km square. If you are … Continue reading

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The hare necessities

The bare necessities of informed wildlife management are that we can assess how populations respond to environmental change and management. To support the sustainable management of Scottish mountain hares, Scottish Natural Heritage is working with scientists from the James Hutton … Continue reading

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Take a walk on the wild side

The iconic island of Noss in Shetland is once again bustling with activity as up to 30 different bird species vie for a nesting space on this seabird metropolis. To celebrate this fact a series of guided walks have been … Continue reading

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