Tag Archives: National Nature Reserve

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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Dragons of Beinn Eighe

I was tempted to title this article ‘Dragons of Wester Ross’, but didn’t want to mislead Game of Thrones fans. Alas, the dragons I shall be discussing here are not the mythical, fire-breathing reptiles of the imaginary land of Westeros, … 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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Growing up on the Isle of May

A busy breeding season on the Isle of May National Nature Reserve is all but over. Here Reserve Manager David Steel reflects on the season, and shares one or two charming pictures of the new batch of youngsters. My how … Continue reading

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Al Fresco art at Argyll’s National Nature Reserves

Taynish and Moine Mhor National Nature Reserves are the inspirational settings this summer for several exciting art projects. Artist in residence at Taynish NNR We are delighted to announce that award-winning artist Jane Smith has been appointed as Artist in … Continue reading

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Awards flowing in for the Lookout

The Flows Lookout, a spectacular viewing tower in the midst of Forsinard Flows National Nature Reserve in Sutherland, has just won no fewer than three national awards. The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Awards took place recently, and the … Continue reading

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Craigellachie’s all-new peregrine TV and visitor hub

Craigellachie National Nature Reserve (NNR), in the Cairngorms National Park, is one of the finest examples of upland birch woodland habitat and its invertebrates – particularly moths – and, of course, the peregrines, are a mainstay. Now visitors can watch … Continue reading

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Taynish mosses and liverworts

Argyll is a wet place. It rains a lot here. But the water shapes the land and makes it what it is. Only the westernmost sliver of Europe is this wet, and there are plants here that only live on … Continue reading

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Species of the month – the Manx shearwater, the charming frequent-flier

A remarkable bird that flies up to 1 million miles over a lifetime? Athayde Tonhasca, SNH Species Advisory Officer, tells its story. From September to October, thousands of Manx shearwaters (Puffinus puffinus) leave their breeding grounds located on a few islands off … Continue reading

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