Tag Archives: Scotland

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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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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Play for Scotland this weekend and take care of your trails

Mountain bikers from all over Europe will be out in force volunteering their time to take care of their trails this weekend, Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 April. The driving force behind this international competition is Graeme McLean, project manager … 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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Deer Management on the Assynt peninsula

Nationally and internationally important woodlands on northwest Sutherland’s Assynt peninsula are being seriously damaged by high numbers of grazing red deer. Over several years now our attempts to get the key landowners to agree a plan to manage the deer … Continue reading

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Walking for wellbeing along the Caledonian Canal

An ambling walk can be great therapy – taking in the natural world around you, with some good company and relaxed conversation. And so an innovative project launched in Inverness last week has begun providing nature-based ‘ecotherapy’ walks for people … Continue reading

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The Road to Paris: A 2050 view

Jane Morrison works for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and is our guest blogger today. Jane is also a member of Scotland’s 2050 Climate Group and here she gives us her insight into COP21. A year and a half … Continue reading

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Wild about crop relatives

Crop wild relatives (CWRs) are wild plant species that are genetically related to our cultivated crops. Farmers have used them since the beginning of agriculture to improve their crops and get better harvests. Growing in the wild, they contain higher … Continue reading

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An urban life aquatic

Newts, diving beetles, shrimp – a project in Inverness has found that the city’s drainage systems are home to a surprising array of aquatic wildlife. The year-long study, funded by SNH and the Highland Council, builds on previous work which … 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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