If you've any news about Highland biodiversity and the environment that you'd like us to share, get in touch with Caroline at highlandenvironmentforum@gmail.com

23 November 2017Funding for community projects

Grow Wild Community Project Funding 2018

Have you got an idea for a project that brings people together through activities that help connect their community and celebrate UK native wild flowers, plants and/or fungi?

Awards of £2000 or £4000 are available for groups to transform their space, do something new or creative.
Please get in touch with Grow Wild to discuss your ideas or you can also look at our web page Grow Wild Community Project Guidance, for more information on how to apply.

Contact Stéphanie Baine, scotland@growwilduk.com, if you have any questions of for the link to the online application form.

Applications need to be in by 15th January 2018 
Be inspired by previous Grow Wild community projects. Click here to visit our interactive map and read their profile pages.

Tesco Bags of Help | up to £4,000 

Need up to £4000 funding for your project that benefits the community?

Tesco Bags of Help has already funded 780 projects in Scotland - sharing over £4 million pounds between them. As the nights get shorter it’s time submit your application for projects you’d like to happen in Spring 2018 and beyond. We fund a huge variety of projects that bring benefits to the community and every two months in Scotland we award 225 projects a share of over half a million pounds.

Single use carrier bags are no longer available in Tesco but the good news is that Bags of Help will continue with funding from the sale of the new 10p Bag for Life. Apply online here http://bit.ly/bagsofhelp4

●      Apply anytime for projects that bring benefits to the community

●      Apply for capital and revenue funding between £1000 and £4000

●      Community groups, schools, charities, local authorities and not for profits can all apply

Get help to apply from one of our team of Community Enablers http://bit.ly/scotbagsofhelp  

Tesco Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork, working in Scotland with greenspace scotland.


Co-op Local Community Fund 

The Co-op Local Community Fund is looking for 3 projects in each of around 1,500 local communities across the UK. They'll choose projects led by small, locally based organisations that:

●     benefit the local community centred around Co-op food stores and funeral homes

●     have the greatest possible benefit to their community

●     make maximum use of the amount of funding available

Eligibility: A registered charity, small charity registered with HMRC for tax, registered community amateur sports club. church that's an 'excepted' charity, a Scout or Guide group

More information


15 November 2017Work, Coast and Mountain

Two Highland jobs and some interesting coastal news this week - not too mention an article on the benefits of getting out of doors - the perfect excuse to abandon my laptop!


Scottish Invasive Species Initiative Project Manager Can be based in any SNH office in Scotland. Closing date 3rd December

British Ecological Society, Policy Officer in Scotland. Closing date, 4th December

Coastal news

Interesting news items on funding for coastal work in England and Wales - which give food for thought in connection to how we might care for our Highland coastlands.

Funding for sand dunes - described by the HLF press release as 'the habitat most at risk in Europe'.Dynamic Dunescapes - HLF funded work in England and Wales

The £2.9 million support from the HLF’s Landscape Partnership programme makes possible an exciting new £5 million ‘Seascape’ scheme, which will deliver over 30 coastal projects from South Shields to Teesmouth over the next six years.

Study offers detailed insight into early-life behaviour of grey seal pups at sea - Plymouth University

And of relevance to our marine litter working group who are meeting in Ullapool on 28th November:

IUCN news Good initiatives exist but more action needed to tackle marine plastics

Marine microplastics detected in ocean bottom-dweller bellies - from August - but a highly relevant piece of research from SAMS

Other news

Daily Ben Nevis walks saved my life, says Blackpool forklift driver

13 November 2017Nevis job, corncrakes, invasive species, red squirrels

corncrake, rspb photoJob

The Nevis Partnership is seeking to recruit a Conservation Officer for the Nevis Landscape Partnership programme. Closing date - 24th November


Learning - non native species

 The non-native species secretariat have an online learning programme - which is free to use. Users will need to generate own login & password - To avoid a bug in the system users need to select “no” for “Do you work for government?”. 

THANKS to Anne Elliott for sharing this information.



Consultation on Inshore Mackerel Fishery Trial closes 13th December



Corncrake photo : RSPB 

01 November 2017Highland Invasive Species meeting notes

The Highland Invasive Species Group meeting notes are available here. If you'd like to know more about the group, or join the contact list to get details of future meetings contact Caroline.

18 October 2017Coul Links golf course proposal

Comments on the planning application for this internationally designated site can be made to the Highland Council  

Click the link and enter the refererence 17/04601/FUL to see all the associated papers and comments and to make your own.

Useful background information has been provided by Scottish Wildlife Trust, RSPB and Plantlife, with information on the economics of new golf courses here.

10 October 2017Health and the natural environment conference, marine litter and other news

World Mental Health Day seems an appropriate date to give a wee reminder that the Forum and Highland Third Sector Interface are organising a conference/learning exchange on 'Health and Environment: working together for positive change', which will be held on Friday 17th November at Smithton Church.  You can find out more about the day and register here.

You might also be interested in the SNH blog on health and happiness.

There's a several pieces of recent research on marine litter, which present some thought provoking figures.

The Harm Caused by Marine Litter - EU research paper

UHI, Environmental Research Institute paper 'Seabirds and marine plastic debris in Scotland: A synthesis and recommendations for monitoring.'

Brain damage in fish from plastic nanoparticles in water Lund University research

26 September 2017Highland Environment Forum meeting notes

You can download the meeting notes from the Highland Environment Forum on 6th September 2017 here. And the peresentations given on geology, geoparks and marine litter are all available here.

31 August 2017Communities Officer vacancy - Forsinard

forsinard, image from rspbRSPB are looking for a Community Engagement Officer to inspire, engage and empower individuals and communities to get involved and learn about the the peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland.

Fixed term post (to 30/9/19) based at Forsinard Sutherland, will involve working throughout Caithness and Sutherland.

Applications for job share or part time working will be considered, as will a degree of home working. This is a Peatlands Partnership project led by RSPB Scotland with funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund and other partners.

Further information and an application pack available from the RSPB website.

Salary starting at - £19,602 to £21,236 per annum
Hours: Full time
Contract: Until 30 September 2019

Closing date: 21 September 2017

The photograph of the Flows is from the RSPB

27 August 2017The benefits of outdoor activity

Paths for All and TCV's Green Gym have published a couple of short articles outlining the benefits of outdoor activity. Take a look at the links for more details:


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