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

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).

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.

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