Tag Archives: Scottish Natural Heritage

Autumn shock – leaves eat rocks!

Clive Mitchell, SNH (Strategy Development), takes a look at the role of the humble leaf and its role in climate change. As you kick your way through the leaves this autumn, spare a thought for the way that they have … Continue reading

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Where have all the flowers gone?

Kate Holl, our woodland advisor, searches for the answer by exploring woodland in our neighbouring countries through a Churchill Fellowship. My Churchill Fellowship really began back in 2012 in this little bit of woodland on the Isle of Mull deer-fenced … Continue reading

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National Poetry Day – our favourites

Scotland’s array of beautiful environments remain the muse of many traditional and contemporary poets, songwriters and artists. Inspiration can be often found during an ascent in the Cairngorms; in morning’s birdsong; or upon reflection of evening’s sundown. As part 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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From orange orchards to Ariundle Oakwoods

Mapping all the interactions between our intrinsic inclinations and responses to our surroundings and experiences would need a Divine eye. What I do know is that I have felt an internal compass pointing me towards the natural world throughout my … Continue reading

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Oighreag an Fhoghair – The elusive cloudberry

Now is the time to get onto the hills foraging for deliciously juicy cloudberries for your winter jam. Roddy Maclean tells us more about them and their connection with Gaelic place names. Bidh Albannaich a thadhlas air Lochlann a’ faicinn, … Continue reading

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Jane MacKintosh, conservationist and expert on Scotland’s grasslands

Jane Mackintosh, who has died after a brief illness, aged 64, led grassland conservation work in Scotland working for Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).  She played a key role in raising the profile and importance of semi-natural grasslands and their conservation … Continue reading

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