Author Archives: Scottish Natural Heritage

SNH divers assess Loch Carron flame shell bed damage

Images of bright orange, dead flame shells strewn across the seabed in Loch Carron received widespread social and mainstream media coverage recently. Recreational divers had reported that the flame shell bed – a rare and ecologically important habitat – had … Continue reading

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Mull Eagle Watch – community takes a thriving partnership to new success

The unique partnership of Mull Eagle Watch – an eagle protection and public viewing partnership between Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland, RSPB, the Mull and Iona Community Trust, and Police Scotland – has gone from strength to strength in … Continue reading

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What will global conservation look like 50 years from now…

SNH’s Clive Mitchell, Strategic Development Manager, examines the question. The inaugural WildTalk event on wildlife conservation at St Andrew’s University saw four speakers take on the challenge of anticipating what global conservation might look like 50 years from now. The … Continue reading

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Sàr-rùrachd ann an Dùn Stafhainis – Gourmet foraging in Dunstaffnage

Cuir sàr-eòlaiche rùrachd ri oide àrainneachd Gàidhealach agus tha cuirm biadh fiadhain air leth ann. Take a foraging expert and add a Gaelic environmental educator to create the perfect recipe for a day out discovering wild food.  Read the full … Continue reading

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Co-design: Young Scot and SNH, a natural partnership

Ettie Shattock, the SNH Partnership Officer at Young Scot, reflects on the Co-design partnership between SNH and Scotland’s national youth information and citizenship charity. SNH and Young Scot have been working in partnership since 2016 to engage young people in … Continue reading

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Meet the secretive large velvet ant

After an absence from the records of 32 years, the large velvet ant (Mutilla europaea) has been sighted again in Scotland by Dr Jenni Stockan from the James Hutton Institute. Athayde Tonhasca reveals the idiosyncrasies of this surprising insect. Velvet … Continue reading

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Ray Collier (Chiefie)

On 15 March 2017, Ray Collier passed away, aged 79. Engagingly fascinated by nature in the Highlands, widely published – not least as one of The Guardian’s esteemed band of country diarists – and always curious and encouraging, ‘Chiefie’ was … Continue reading

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