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

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).

20 May 2017Invasive species meeting notes

giant hogweedThe Invasive species meeting notes and presentations (Elgin, April 2017) are all now downloadable here.


18 April 2017Highland Biodiversity Conference presentations

Highland Biodiversity talk notes and pdfs of the digital presentations can all be downloaded here.

18 April 2017Highland job vacancies

Several jobs in the Highlands are currently being advertised:

07 April 2017Energy, deer management and Natural Capital assets

a honeybee is covered in commercial pollen. credit: candler hobbs, georgia techScottish Natural Heritage's response to a new report on deer management, submitted by the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee to  Environment Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham.

Scotland’s Natural Capital Asset Index published by SNH, which suggests that Scotland’s plants, animals, air, water and soils are showing signs of recovery. However, bogs, heathland and agricultural habitats have declined.

Scottish Energy Strategy - a public consultation workshop event discussing proposals set out in the draft Scottish Energy Strategy, Inverness Town House on Tuesday 11th April.

Making cows more environmentally friendly

Hair spacing keeps honeybees clean during pollination

photograph: A honeybee covered in commercial pollen. Candler Hobbs, Georgia Tech

07 April 2017Meeting notes from the March forum

Meeting notes from the March Forum meeting can be downloaded here.

20 March 2017Climate change presentations to download

All the presentations from the Highland Environment Forum meeting on 14th March, which focussed on climate change are available to download from here - with many thanks to all the speakers who created an such an informative meeting.

13 March 2017Job - Whale and Dolphin Information Officer, Black Isle

5 days a week
£16,009 pro rata
Do you have a flair for inspiring others about the environment? Looking to gain valuable experience to work in education and conservation? Enjoy working outdoors?
WDC is the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins. We aim for a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.
WDC is looking for an enthusiastic Information Officer who will enthuse members of the public at Chanonry Point on the Black Isle about the iconic bottlenose dolphins of the Moray Firth. You will talk about WDC’s work and inspire members of the public to join the WDC Adopt a Dolphin Programme. You will deliver interpretation about the bottlenose dolphins and other wildlife of the Moray Firth, attend events and visit local schools.
This is a seasonal role running from June to September, working 5 in 7 days and you will be expected to work weekends.
You will be supported by the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre team at Spey Bay. 
Closing date: 3rd April 2017, noon UK time
Interviews:  20th April at Scottish Dolphin Centre, Spey Bay Starting date: 1st June 2017 Download application pack: www.whales.org/jobs

28 February 2017Restoring the Dornoch Firth Oyster beds - talk, Inverness

27 February 2017Three spring environment conferences

spring woodlandThree stimulating environmental conference, with speakers of national standing, are open for booking now. All events are free, with lunch provided.

  1. Highland Environment Forum  - focussing on Climate Change - 14th March in SNH HQ in Great Glen House, Inverness
  2. Highland Biodiversity Conference - 3rd April in SNH HQ in Great Glen House, Inverness
  3. Invasive non-native species forum - held jointly between Aberdeenshire, Highland and Moray - 26th April in Elgin Youth Cafe

To book email Caroline Vawdrey at highlandenvironmentforum@gmail.com


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