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

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.

07 December 2017Marine litter working group and Stop the plastic tide

The first meeting of the Highland Marine litter working group took place on 28th November. Read the meeting notes to get a flavour of discussions.


If you are concerned about marine litter you can join the Marine Conservation Society's call to get levies on single-use plastic items such as plastic cups and lids, straws, plates and cutlery  introduced across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 


Photograph of rubbish on Dun Canna beach taken by Aigas Field Centre

23 November 2017Funding for community projects

Grow Wild Community Project Funding 2018

Have you got an idea for a project that brings people together through activities that help connect their community and celebrate UK native wild flowers, plants and/or fungi?

Awards of £2000 or £4000 are available for groups to transform their space, do something new or creative.
Please get in touch with Grow Wild to discuss your ideas or you can also look at our web page Grow Wild Community Project Guidance, for more information on how to apply.

Contact Stéphanie Baine, scotland@growwilduk.com, if you have any questions of for the link to the online application form.

Applications need to be in by 15th January 2018 
Be inspired by previous Grow Wild community projects. Click here to visit our interactive map and read their profile pages.

Tesco Bags of Help | up to £4,000 

Need up to £4000 funding for your project that benefits the community?

Tesco Bags of Help has already funded 780 projects in Scotland - sharing over £4 million pounds between them. As the nights get shorter it’s time submit your application for projects you’d like to happen in Spring 2018 and beyond. We fund a huge variety of projects that bring benefits to the community and every two months in Scotland we award 225 projects a share of over half a million pounds.

Single use carrier bags are no longer available in Tesco but the good news is that Bags of Help will continue with funding from the sale of the new 10p Bag for Life. Apply online here http://bit.ly/bagsofhelp4

●      Apply anytime for projects that bring benefits to the community

●      Apply for capital and revenue funding between £1000 and £4000

●      Community groups, schools, charities, local authorities and not for profits can all apply

Get help to apply from one of our team of Community Enablers http://bit.ly/scotbagsofhelp  

Tesco Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork, working in Scotland with greenspace scotland.


Co-op Local Community Fund 

The Co-op Local Community Fund is looking for 3 projects in each of around 1,500 local communities across the UK. They'll choose projects led by small, locally based organisations that:

●     benefit the local community centred around Co-op food stores and funeral homes

●     have the greatest possible benefit to their community

●     make maximum use of the amount of funding available

Eligibility: A registered charity, small charity registered with HMRC for tax, registered community amateur sports club. church that's an 'excepted' charity, a Scout or Guide group

More information


15 November 2017Work, Coast and Mountain

Two Highland jobs and some interesting coastal news this week - not too mention an article on the benefits of getting out of doors - the perfect excuse to abandon my laptop!


Scottish Invasive Species Initiative Project Manager Can be based in any SNH office in Scotland. Closing date 3rd December

British Ecological Society, Policy Officer in Scotland. Closing date, 4th December

Coastal news

Interesting news items on funding for coastal work in England and Wales - which give food for thought in connection to how we might care for our Highland coastlands.

Funding for sand dunes - described by the HLF press release as 'the habitat most at risk in Europe'.Dynamic Dunescapes - HLF funded work in England and Wales

The £2.9 million support from the HLF’s Landscape Partnership programme makes possible an exciting new £5 million ‘Seascape’ scheme, which will deliver over 30 coastal projects from South Shields to Teesmouth over the next six years.

Study offers detailed insight into early-life behaviour of grey seal pups at sea - Plymouth University

And of relevance to our marine litter working group who are meeting in Ullapool on 28th November:

IUCN news Good initiatives exist but more action needed to tackle marine plastics

Marine microplastics detected in ocean bottom-dweller bellies - from August - but a highly relevant piece of research from SAMS

Other news

Daily Ben Nevis walks saved my life, says Blackpool forklift driver

13 November 2017Nevis job, corncrakes, invasive species, red squirrels

corncrake, rspb photoJob

The Nevis Partnership is seeking to recruit a Conservation Officer for the Nevis Landscape Partnership programme. Closing date - 24th November


Learning - non native species

 The non-native species secretariat have an online learning programme - which is free to use. Users will need to generate own login & password - To avoid a bug in the system users need to select “no” for “Do you work for government?”. 

THANKS to Anne Elliott for sharing this information.



Consultation on Inshore Mackerel Fishery Trial closes 13th December



Corncrake photo : RSPB 

01 November 2017Highland Invasive Species meeting notes

The Highland Invasive Species Group meeting notes are available here. If you'd like to know more about the group, or join the contact list to get details of future meetings contact Caroline.

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