Category Archives: biodiversity

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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Lus buidhe Bealltainn – Yellow plant of Beltane

The marsh marigold is a vivid reminder of the close links between Gaelic culture and the Scottish seasons, as Ruairidh MacIlleathain explains. Read the full Gaelic version below. The day that starts the summer, now the first of May, is … Continue reading

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The Great Outdoors – Young People, Outdoor Learning and the 2020 Challenge for Scotland’s Biodiversity

Scotland is facing key pressures on its biodiversity. Some of these pressures are physical, such as pollution, the overuse of resources, or climate change. Others are more about the way we (under) value nature and the goods and services it … 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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In search of the Pyrenean newt

Why am I at the top of a mountain in a thunder storm holding a 2 metre-long piece of metal? Well, what else would you do on holiday? SNH’s David O’Brien reveals more. I’ve been working with Dr Àlex Miró … Continue reading

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A world of riches above and below Scotland’s seas

 A colourful catalogue showcasing the rich biodiversity in Scotland’s seas has just been published on our website. Illustrated with photos and maps, the intriguing catalogue describes Scotland’s 81 Priority Marine Features (PMFs). PMFs are the habitats and species considered to be … Continue reading

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