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

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

19 January 2017BRISC Bursaries available

Scotland needs more taxonomic experts who can accurately identify the many different species and help new generations carry forward this important work. Such experts are critical to wildlife conservation, because we cannot even begin to conserve our wildlife unless we know what we have, where it is, and how scarce or common it is. Wildlife recording thus underpins all conservation efforts.

Expertise in a taxonomic group is gained through study and fieldwork, but it is unfortunately the case that many of our experts are getting older and BRISC would like to ensure that young naturalists are enhancing their skills and experience to provide a continuity of enthusiastic recorders into the future.

In order to encourage people to take up the serious study of wildlife, Biological Recording in Scotland (BRISC) and Glasgow Natural History Society (GNHS) are offering seven bursaries to anyone living in Scotland to cover some of the costs of attending a suitable training course in 2017. Up to £200 or 75% of the cost of the course, whichever is lowest, is on offer to successful candidates.

In return the recipients of the bursaries will be asked to write a short article for BRISC Recorder News, and/or the GNHS Newsletter and undertake a 5min presentation at the Annual Conference.

The closing date for receipt of completed Application Forms is 31st January 2017.

For more information and an application form go to http://www.brisc.org.uk/Bursaries.php

13 January 2017Nominations for crofting elections requested

Nominations for election to the Crofting Commission board can be submitted until 26th January. Elections will be held in March.

Photograph from the Scottish Crofting Federation

13 January 2017River Spey Catchment Management Plan

photo from spey fishery boardDownload the River Spey Cathcment Management Plan.

Photograph from the Spey Fishery Board

06 January 2017Spring dates for the diary

  • Tues 14th March  - Highland Environment Forum, Great Glen House, Inverness. Subject:  Climate Change
  • Mon 3rd April - Highland Biodiversity Conference, Great Glen House, Inverness.
  • Weds 26th April - Joint Highland and Aberdeenshire Invasive Species Forum, Elgin Youth Cafe + field outings.

If you'd like to join the Forum mailing list, or find out more about thes events contact Caroline on highlandenviromentforum@gmail.com

06 January 2017Uncertain future for Council rangers and access officers.

Many of you will have already heard that the Highland Council ranger and access officer posts could lost in the next round of budget cuts, as this news piece highlights. The rangers and access officers all have key roles to play in meeting Single Outcome Agreement targets, particularly in the areas of tackling inequalities relating to the environment and health. Readers may therefore want to consider the impact that a diminution in these posts may have on the ability to reach agreed targets.

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