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

14 August 2017Geology and Marine Litter at next Forum meeting

The next Highland Environment Forum will be held on Wednesday 6th September at 10.00 in SNH HQ at Great Glen House, Inverness. The subjects for discussion will be Geology and Marine Litter. If you'd like to come along, get in touch with Caroline at highlandenvironmentforum@gmail.com

08 August 2017Spider ID at Upper Reelig wood, Kirkhill

This sounds like a great opportunity to learn from two experts:

20 July 2017Dragonflies, pacific salmon and other news

It's Dragonfly Week until 23rd July - but Highland likes to extend the pleasures of dragonfly watching, and so you can join Jonathan Williet at Pitmaduthy Moss, Easter Ross to look for white-faced darters on Sat 29th July. Find out more here. There's also a dragonfly app, to help you with identification.

Pacific salmon seen in Highland rivers.  The fisheries boards request that any caught should be humanely despatched, and ask for any sightings to be reported to them.

National Whale and Dolphin Watch (29th July - 6th August)


New snorkel trail launched in North Harris as part of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Living Seas programme.

Beavers valuable in wetland restoration: Stirling University research. Beauly beaver debate

Buglife urges UK Government to re-examine support for bee killing pesticides

Cairngorms National Park Authority: Landscape Adviser


New SVQs and apprenticeships from Lantra


Photo of white faced darter by Damian Pinguey

22 June 2017Trees for Life – traineeship opportunities

Trees for Life are embarking on the ‘Skills for Rewilding’ project that will provide fully funded places, including accommodation if needed, to 15 trainees over 3 years (aiming to start in Spring 2018) in learning and developing the skills needed to work on landscape scale ecological restoration. 
The skills the trainees will learn include nursery and horticultural skills related to growing native trees from seed, landscape and deer management, ecological monitoring and engaging rural communities in conservation work.  The training will be accredited via University of Highlands & Islands.
5 trainees will be recruited each year to the programme, with recruitment focusing on:

  • Women wanting to work in less gender stereotypical roles
  • Older career changers
  • Young less educated local people

These groups have been chosen because they are poorly represented in the nature conservation workforce at the moment.
The training will be mostly based at Trees for Life, Dundreggan Estate but we also hope to partner with organisations like Forestry Commission, RSPB and SNH to give the trainees the opportunity to learn about how other organisations contribute to woodland conservation work.
More information about Trees for Life can be found on their website.

21 June 2017Grants available from Highland Trust

The Pebble Trust – Grants up to £5,000 available for projects which promote a more sustainable society
The Pebble Trust, established in 2014, has a vision of a more sustainable, equal and low-carbon society, where constraints on fossil fuels lead to a more localised economy with stronger, more resilient, communities, and where human activities take account of climate change and the wider environment. The Trust supports projects in Scotland, and particularly in the Highlands and Islands.
For more information visit the Pebble Trust website.
Please like Pebble Trust on Facebook.

25 May 2017Cairngorms, June volunteer launch events

walking in cairngorms woodsWhat is Volunteer Cairngorms?
Volunteer Cairngorms is a new three year pilot programme, to support and develop environmental volunteering in the Cairngorms National Park area. It is funded by LEADER and the Cairngorms National Park Authority.

What will the events involve?
We are holding two events, one in Boat of Garten and one in Braemar. We will be inviting anyone who would be interested in getting involved in environmental volunteering in the National Park, and any group or organisation who would like to involve volunteers, to come together. It will be a chance to hear more about the Volunteer Cairngorms programme. Each event will have a short information session, and lots of time to chat. After lunch there will also be chance to get ‘hands on’ and try some volunteering in the environment for everyone that would like to!
When/where are the events?
·         Boat of Garten Community Hall: Saturday 17th June, 10.30am – 3.30pm
·         Braemar Village Hall: Sunday 18th June, 10.30am – 3.30pm
What next?
If you like any more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email (volunteers@cairngorms.co.uk) or phone (01479 870 552 or 07759 444 151).

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