Category Archives: National Nature Reserves

Advance, entrench, hold the line

This is the NNR front line – the place where Scotland’s coast is growing fastest, pushing eastwards into the North Sea. On average, Tentsmuir Point has expanded by nearly five metres each year for more than two centuries. It’s a … Continue reading

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Don’t judge a bog by its cover

In a mere ten kilometres, north as the hen harrier flies from the Crinan Canal over the snaking channel of the River Add to Kilmartin Glen and Carnassarie, lies one of the finest troves of ancient and historic heritage in … Continue reading

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25 years of SNH – Reserve Manager at Tentsmuir NNR

After working for BT for 28 years, Tom Cunningham needed a change of direction which resulted in the job he’d been dreaming about: managing Tentsmuir NNR. He started as the Assistant Reserve Manager and nine months later he became the … Continue reading

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The strange appeal of cut and peel

Kenny Taylor, writer, naturalist, photographer and musician, returns with a guest blog that takes a look at West Highland woodlands. This is the third of six blogs he’ll be contributing relating to our National Nature Reserves over the next few … Continue reading

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Holding the forts at Caerlaverock

The barnacle geese and whooper swans can see them as they fly in from the northlands: the patterns of mud, merse and channel where the fertile lands of Caerlaverock meet the waters of the Nith and the salt of the … Continue reading

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Intrepid Conservers and Explorers

Good news for people wanting to explore the delights that Hermaness National Nature Reserve has to offer this autumn thanks to improved access onto the reserve. Last year we installed a new section of boardwalk (using recycled plastic) to improve … 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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Ginormous whirligigs and camera trapping – a year at Caerlaverock NNR

Our graduate placement at Caerlaverock NNR, Ellie Oakley, reflects over the year and looks back on the highlights and achievements. Last year, I had to make a decision to either carry on with my study of Countryside and Environmental Management … Continue reading

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On track for a record-breaking species year list from Noss NNR?

Midsummer (‘Simmer Dim’ in Shetland) seems a good time for an update on how the season has been going so far, and looking forward to what else is in store on Noss. Craig Nisbet and Andy Denton, Noss’ seasonal wardens … Continue reading

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A blog escape from the city

For those of us who live and work in towns and cities, our daily lives awash with traffic, noise and business, the countryside can sometimes seem a faraway place. It can be a breath of fresh air to even read … Continue reading

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