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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

03 July 2018Support to reduce single-use items

Communities will be able to bid for a share of up to £500,000 to reduce single-use plastics, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has announced.

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02 July 2018Consultation on deposit return scheme

Scottish Government has launched a consultation to help create the best system for a deposit return scheme. They’d like to ensure that the scheme will ‘will work well for everyone in Scotland, providing increased recycling rates and quality of recycling, reductions in littering and business opportunities’. Find out more and submit your thoughts here - https://consult.gov.scot/environment-…/deposit-return-scheme


The consultation is open until 25th September.

01 June 2018Forum meeting dates

The outdoor volunteering working group meeting will be on Thursday 16th June at Trees for Life, Dundreggan Reserve, Glenmoriston.

The next forum meeting on Tuesday 11th September will be focussing on the two themes of youth (up to late 20s) led environmental action, and visions for land use in the Highlands beyond 2020. 

The Marine Conference will in Ullapool on Monday 15th October. We will be sharing more details shortly.

 If you would like to find out more about any of these meetings, or to come along - get in touch at highlandenvironmentforum@gmail.com

25 May 2018TRY it out

Take a look at TRY! the Highland Biological Recording Groups's target species for survey this year. Species include bee-fly, painted woodlouse and cherry fungal gall - www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY/TRY.html

 

The photograph is from the Nature Spot website.

18 May 2018Research - fishermen and conservation

There is interesting new research underway through Plymouth University - 'Boosting livelihoods and conservation practices among small-scale fishermen' that in its first year will be lookings at St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve, North Devon and Jersey.

The aim of the research is to:

The partners will work with local scientists and the fishermen themselves, to harness their experiences of the unique challenges faced in each location, while pursuing five initial research goals:

  • Survey the health of species and habitats across UK sites against which changes can be recorded.
  • Instigate annual monitoring of key fish stocks in partnership with fishermen.
  • Create best practice codes of conduct for commercial and recreational fisheries within sites to manage pressures. This could include gear limits, vessel monitoring and closed areas.
  • Champion small-scale sustainable fishermen through improving port infrastructure to enhance quality and value to local fleets.
  • Create a sustainable, traceable and high-quality fishery to allow the fleet access to BLUE’s Reserve Seafood Scheme, thereby generating higher prices for fishermen protecting their livelihoods.

24 April 2018Biodiversity related grants

Many thanks to Zeshan Akhter, SNH Biodiversity Strategy Officer for this list of biodiversity-related grants.

 

Photo:Loch Arkaig by rare-breed-productions

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