Category Archives: Marine

Secret wonders of Scotland’s marine environment

North Berwick aims to be at the forefront of inspiring everyone about the wonders of the marine environment with its planned national marine centre. John Baxter tells us more. The wonderful marine environment and wildlife of Scotland are one of … Continue reading

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Walking with whales – again

Last year Ron Macdonald, formerly of SNH, described the thrill of observing two humpback whales off the Ythan estuary in Aberdeenshire. A year later, in early August, a humpback whale was spotted off St Cyrus National Nature Reserve and Ron … Continue reading

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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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WiSe operators avoid disturbing sharks

Our blog today comes from Colin Speedie FRGS, founder of the WiSe Scheme, which works with marine wildlife tourism operators to promote good practice and minimise disturbance to the animals. For many years Colin worked as skipper and project leader … 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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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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Are we seeing a return of the humpback whale to Scottish waters?

Over the summer and autumn I’ve enjoyed the thrill of watching two humpback whales feeding and breaching off the Sands of Forvie National Nature Reserve in Aberdeenshire. Is this a one-off or are we seeing a wider population recovery in … Continue reading

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An eight-year-old’s first underwater experience on the North West Highlands Snorkel Trail

The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s ‘Living Seas’ project has launched a snorkel trail of nine coastal sites, that showcase the stunning coastal habitats that Sutherland and Wester Ross have to offer. This coastal edge, a continuous seam of frill, indent and … 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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Scotland’s Nature weekly – 4 August

– A rare pea-sized jellyfish and the surprisingly deadly six-spot burnet moth are out and about at this time of year and under the spotlight in this week’s blog. Exploring Shetland’s sea caves and rocky reefs With the help of … Continue reading

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