Monthly Archives: November 2016

What I learned from a year of active travel

There are clear health and environmental benefits from active travel. A key aim of our work to develop and promote Scotland’s National Walking and Cycling Network is to support physical activity and sustainable travel choices.  A year after ditching the … Continue reading

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Oh deer

Each year, around about now when the nights draw in, SNH puts out a little health and safety note about deer.  Not about looking after deer, although that’s nice, but rather about looking out for deer whilst driving. Iain Macdonald … Continue reading

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Living with top carnivores

Scotland and Norway share many cultural elements including ‘loan words’ incorporated in our language and place names. Our natural heritage also faces similar challenges and opportunities. Lynne Clark reflects on her study tour in Central Norway. One of the most … Continue reading

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ReRoute to action

ReRoute, Scotland’s youth biodiversity panel, is certainly a project to keep your eye on. Joanne Elston, one of its members, tells us about their big plans for the future. Young people are passionate about many things – friends and school, … Continue reading

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Good news for Scotland’s juniper

Once a prolific plant in Scotland, juniper has been in decline. However SNH’s Helen Taylor tells us about a recent discovery which suggests a positive turnaround. I was out doing some site condition monitoring on Glenartney Juniper Wood a couple … Continue reading

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Citizen scientist divers make an exciting discovery

Extremely rare and delicate reefs formed by large numbers of colourful ‘organ-pipe’ worms have been discovered in a Lochaber sea loch by citizen scientist divers from Seasearch. For several weeks our marine team have been unusually excited; itching to peel … Continue reading

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Ten Gaelic place name facts

Many of Scotland’s place names have Gaelic origins, some with fascinating stories and some very surprising. Here we’ve chosen our top ten. The Cairngorms get their English name from the Gaelic An Càrn Gorm ‘the blue mountain’ (the location of … Continue reading

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Orca night to remember

Craig Nisbet has just finished another season as Reserve Officer on the island of Noss, a National Nature Reserve (NNR) in Shetland famous for its ‘Noup’ seabird city. As he prepares to head south for an autumn and winter working … Continue reading

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Blue’s autumn adventures

Join Blue, our first dog blogger, out and about in the Scottish countryside. My name is Blue and I stay near Loch Ness which is a beautiful part of Scotland.  I am an older rescue dog, and my family have … Continue reading

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