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

10 March 2018Scottish Parliament report on fish farming

Scottish Parliament Committee raises concerns about the environmental impact of fish farms, noting that: 'there appears to have been too little focus on the application of the precautionary principle in the development and expansion of the sector.'

See Scottish Parliament website.

28 February 2018Eigg volunteering, squirrels and salmon

squrr of eiggVolunteering

Title: Eigg Volunteer Ranger Assistant (6 required)

Status: 1 month, full time

Location: Isle of Eigg

Closing date: 14 March 2018


News and Research

Could cleaning up beaches make Americans better off?

Listening to data could be the best way to track salmon migration

Grey squirrels beat reds in 'battle of wits'


Photo from Lochaber Geopark website

11 February 2018Lonesome pines and climate change: two Forum events

Tuesday 13th March: The Highland Environment Forum 

We'll be finding out about cutting edge research into understanding peatland health and on generating carbon baseline data to promote action to reduce our impact on climate.

We often talk about the need for behaviour change, so this time we'll be trying out for a model for ourselves  - it could be just the tool you need in your work and campaigns.

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Book via Caroline at highlandenvironmentforum@gmail.com







Saturday 21st April: The Highland Biodiversity Conference will be held at the UHI Scottish School of Forestry, Balloch, Inverness.

The programme has a woodland theme, in part looking at isolated trees and woodland fragments and the potential for expansion. 

We'll have presentations from the Woodland Trust about their croft woodland work, and Trees for Life on their Caledonian Pine remnant project and red squirrel translocation work. We'll also be hearing from a couple of UHI researchers, and we're hoping to hear about montane woodland, and from Cairngorms National Park about woodland network expansion. And we'll be introducing the Lonesome Pine - an idea based on successful Caithness Biodiversity Group work. So it should be a very interesting day!

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28 January 2018Pinewood Survey Introduction and Training Event, Achnacarry

Learn about the native pinewood survey and why it is so valuable, plus, an option to receive practical training or a tour of Loch Arkaig.

Monday 5th March

Join us to hear from Professor Robert Bunce on the history and value of repeating the “Bunce” survey and the Woodland Trust plans to pilot the re survey at Loch Arkaig. This is an indoor session at Achnacarry Village Hall join us at 1pm for a light lunch and talk will be 2pm – 4pm.

Tuesday 6th March

Option one: Receive free training for survey practitioners from Prof Bob Bunce along with Dr Simon Smart and Claire Wood from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. This session will take place on site at Loch Arkaig.

Option two: Alternatively join Woodland Trust site Manager Steve Morris for a tour of Loch Arkaig and hear our plans for restoration. Limited places.


Wednesday 7th March

Final morning practitioner session.

Book your place by emailing Steve Morris at stevemorris@woodlandtrust.org.uk

This event is aimed at owners or managers of native Scottish pinewoods and survey practitioners.
Please book your place indicating which day(s) you would like to attend and preference for day two activity.

Please contact the Woodland Trust by 9th February to secure your place.

Photograph by Glen Mailie (Photo: Rare Breed Photography), from the Woodland Trust website

23 January 2018Highland nature jobs

RSPB Senior Site Manager, Forsinard, Sutherland, North Scotland

Closing date 22nd February


Two jobs with Trees for Life 

Skills for Rewilding Training Programme Manager

Trusts and Corporates Fundraising Officer

Closing date 19th February

11 January 2018Scotland will ban plastic cotton buds

Good news that the Scottish Government is seeking to ban plastic stemmed cotton buds. Find out more on the Marine Conservation Society website.

Photo from MCS story

09 January 2018Inspiring Outdoor Volunteering

Get inspired for from outdoor volunteering with this blog from Scotland's Nature

and then take a look at our Outdoor Volunteering facebook page 


Photo by Michelle Henley of Scottish Wildlife Trust volunteers at Spey Bay.

20 December 2017Protecting Scottish trees for the future at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank

Award winning Scottish charity Trees for Life is helping to secure the future of Scotland’s native trees by collecting seed from wild tree species in the North-West Highlands. The seeds are being stored in the underground vaults of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank – forming part of the UK’s first national collection of tree seeds. Find out more on the Trees for Life website.

19 December 2017Funding newsletter from SNH biodiversity officer

SNH's biodiversity officer Zeshan Ahkter puts together a regular funding newsletter for biodiversity groups. Click here to see the latest.

If you're looking for funding then Funding Scotland is always an excellent place to start. It has information about more than 1200 grant giving bodies - searchable under different categories and geographical areas.

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