Monthly Archives: August 2017

The Isle of May opens the doors to its buildings

The Isle of May features in the East Fife Doors Open Days this weekend. As well as its spectacular wildlife, the Isle of May National Nature Reserve has a rich cultural history.  As Sarah Eaton explains, a Doors Open event … Continue reading

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From orange orchards to Ariundle Oakwoods

Mapping all the interactions between our intrinsic inclinations and responses to our surroundings and experiences would need a Divine eye. What I do know is that I have felt an internal compass pointing me towards the natural world throughout my … Continue reading

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Oighreag an Fhoghair – The elusive cloudberry

Now is the time to get onto the hills foraging for deliciously juicy cloudberries for your winter jam. Roddy Maclean tells us more about them and their connection with Gaelic place names. Bidh Albannaich a thadhlas air Lochlann a’ faicinn, … Continue reading

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Jane MacKintosh, conservationist and expert on Scotland’s grasslands

Jane Mackintosh, who has died after a brief illness, aged 64, led grassland conservation work in Scotland working for Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).  She played a key role in raising the profile and importance of semi-natural grasslands and their conservation … Continue reading

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Escaping the crowds

Prompted by his daughter’s plea for a ‘wild walk’ to escape Edinburgh’s festival crowds, Policy and Advice Manager Simon Brooks headed to Flowerdale in Wester Ross. One of Scotland’s 42 Wild Land Areas where the quality and extent of wildness … Continue reading

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Dragons of Beinn Eighe

I was tempted to title this article ‘Dragons of Wester Ross’, but didn’t want to mislead Game of Thrones fans. Alas, the dragons I shall be discussing here are not the mythical, fire-breathing reptiles of the imaginary land of Westeros, … Continue reading

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Sustrans Scotland – Greener Greenways

Lenka Sukenikova is an Ecologist for Sustrans Scotland’s Greener Greenways Project. We invited her to write a guest blog about the project, reflecting on what is timely in the wake of the Pollinator Strategy for Scotland (2017-2027) being published last … Continue reading

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Summertime greens and blues

The tractorman comes by closer now, flailing at the rich vegetation below my canopy. The heat, the slight glimmer of sun and he sweats, luring the carnivores from the shade. Jim Carruthers, our resident gardener at Battleby, looks at the … Continue reading

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Enabling new ways to value and safeguard nature at the coast

An exciting new project was launched on Friday by Environment Secretary Rosanna Cunningham, in which SNH has a leading role. Dynamic Coast is the first survey of its kind to track the changes to Scotland’s long and varied mobile coastline … Continue reading

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Football and nature?

The new football season in Scotland gets underway in earnest this week and in celebration we’ve been taking a look at the wildlife and nature you can enjoy while following your team. The link between football and nature may not … Continue reading

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