Category Archives: Research

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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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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John Sawyer (1st November 1968 – 6th November 2015)

Today (25 November) is John Sawyer’s funeral and gathering in his remembrance. Some people, at the end of their lives, have obituaries written and waiting for that moment. But when the end is unexpected at the early age of 47, … Continue reading

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The SNH PhD student conference – a view from the bus

Professor Colin Bean was wowed by the energy and quality of presentations at the PhD conference that SNH and the Royal Society of Edinburgh held jointly recently. As he reveals below it was a conference that excelled from a scientific … Continue reading

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Swallows and heavy water – the making of a remarkable scientist

Professor Des Thompson, our Principal Adviser on Biodiversity, celebrates the pioneering work of life scientist Professor Dave Bryant, who celebrates his 70th birthday today. Along with the spring return of swallows in 1972 a young lecturer arrived at Stirling University’s … Continue reading

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Celebrating the joys and benefits of working in the field

The Year of Fieldwork aims to encourage schools and colleges across the country to celebrate learning outside of the classroom or laboratory, and the lifelong benefits and opportunities that this can provide. Iain Macdonald, from our Biodiversity Team, reminisces on … Continue reading

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Remembering Derek Ratcliffe

The recent publication of Nature’s Conscience: The Life and Legacy of Derek Ratcliffe is a timely reminder of one of our foremost environmentalists. Derek immersed himself in nature, and when he highlighted the disastrous effects of pesticides on peregrines he … Continue reading

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