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 January 2019SEPA Sector Plans out for Consultation

'We're changing today, creating a world-class organisation fit for the challenges of tomorrow. Moving our regulation from individual sites to a sectoral approach supports the aim that all regulated businesses fully meet their compliance objectives and as many as possible go further. Providing a clear and co-ordinated approach to regulation and engagement, sector plans will be at the heart of everything we do and will help businesses to operate successfully within the means of one planet.’
The nine plans open for consultation until Friday 15 February are:
·         Chemicals manufacturing
·         Crop production
·         Dairy processing
·         Dairy production
·         Housing
·         Leather
·         Nuclear power generation and decommissioning
·         Strategic infrastructure (transport and utilities)
·         Water supply and waste water

Go to https://sectors.sepa.org.uk/ to see all the consultations.


19 December 2018Spring events from the Forum

We've several spring events planned - and all have great speakers coming along to present to us.

Wednesday 13th March - Spring Forum meeting on two themes of  the new Green Health Partnership and Citizen Science. You can see the programme and book at https://marchenvironmentforum.eventbrite.com

Saturday 30th March - Highland Biodiversity Conference : 'The Salmon of wisdom runs deep' ~ Rewilding Highland rivers. 

This is a joint conference between the Forum and Inverness College/UHI and will be a stimulating blend of practical and research knowledge. Full details and booking at https://highland-biodiversity-conference.eventbrite.co.uk
There is a small £6 charge for this event to cover catering costs. 


Tuesday 23rd April - Highland Invasive Species Forum, Glenurquhart Hall, Drumnadrochit. Find out more and book https://invasivespeciesforum.eventbrite.com


With regards,



03 December 2018Plums, pumpkins and a wee herbal tonic

Winter time is the perfect time for some desktop exploring of other countries - and the  Archnet trips to learn from the experience of communities across Europe and Scandanavia have produced some fascinating reports. Thanks go to Ben Leyshon for sharing this link to reports on a visit to Bulgaria that he was part of this autumn - at the perfect time for a Plum Festival, a Pumkin Festival and tastings of herbal tonic wine! 


The wire capercaillie was created by Ellie Dimambro-Denson


24 November 2018notes from Evanton

A brief note of the ourdoor volunteering group's meeting can be seen here, where you'll also find details of other meetings and a link to the Highland Outdoor Volunteers facebook page.

06 November 2018Two Highland conservation jobs

Peatland Action Project Officer - North and South Highland  

The postholder will work as part of the Peatland Action team in Scottish Natural Heritage covering work in the North and South Highland SNH Area. This area is shared with another project officer and the emphasis of this post will be in the North Highland part of the area. The project officer will also be expected if operational needs require to work outwith this area. They will lead on the completion, development and implementation of peatland restoration projects in partnership with land managers and other stakeholder groups, eg Scottish Water, Deer Management Groups, NGOs, and communities.

Closing date: midnight 18 November 2018



RSPB Conservation Officer - North Highland

RSPB are looking for an enthusiastic team player to help deliver our conservation work programme in North Highland (Caithness and Sutherland). Challenges and opportunities in this amazing part of North Scotland are huge; influencing upland, farmland and coastal management across a suite of habitats, through species recovery, advisory, site protection and advocacy, for a suite of internationally important sites and species including the Flow Country, farmland waders and seabirds.

Closing date: 29 November 2018


Photograph : RSPB, Forsinard

28 October 2018Sea Life, Our Life : Ullapool marine conference presentations

All the presentations from the marine conference that was held in Ullapool on 15th October 2018 can be viewed here.

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