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

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


15 February 2017Highland Environment Forum on climate change, 14th March

The next Highland Environment Forum will be meeting at SNH headquarters in Great Glen House, Inverness on Tuesday 14th March.

The focus of the meeting will be on climate change, and we've some excellent speakers coming to share their knowledge. Download an agenda to find out more.

If you'd like to come along, get in touch with Caroline at highlandenvironmentforum@gmail.com to book a place, letting her know if you have any dietary preferences.


10 February 2017Growing Award, and marine protected areas

Growing Award

Ross-shire Waste Action Network's Growing Award, is a simple Award scheme that allows participants - from schools and other groups - to be recognised for a year of growing activities. As well as the opportunity to get recognition for their work there is the chance to win the prize draw of a small polytunnel. Entry closes 5th March.


Maritime benefits

Scotland’s Marine Protected Areas (MPA) network is helping our efforts to combat climate change, according to a report published  by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). More

05 February 2017Moray Firth manager vacancy

The Moray Firth Partnership are recruiting a manager who will help take forward the partnership's role in the development of a Moray Firth marine planning partnership.

30 January 2017News updates on peatlands, climate change, jobs and research


Peatland Action Fund renewed
Scottish Government paper on The future of energy in Scotland, and RSPB response
Draft Climate Change Plan published, and BBC coverage of responses

Highland jobs:
Nevis Ranger with the John Muir Trust
RSPB Rare Invertebrates in the Cairngorms project officer
Slender naiad (Najas flexilis) UHI masters research opportunity
Tomintoul & Glenlivet Landscape Partnership Communication & Interpretation Officer
Senior ecologist sought by Highland Ecology and Development Ltd

and interesting research:
Ants find their way even when going backwards
'Marine repairmen': Limpets are construction workers of the seashore
Scientists make plastic from pine trees

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