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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

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

11 April 2018Jobs, Funding, Plastic Ocean film showing

RSPB Jobs

Finance and Administration Officer (Forsinard/ Golspie or Inverness), 

Communities Officer (Forsinard or Golspie) 

Learning Development Officer (Forsinard or Golspie) 

Communications Officer, Highland

Closing date Thursday April 19th. 

 

Event

Scottish Wildlife Trust, Living Seas and the MacPhail Centre are screening 'A Plastic Ocean' at the MacPhail Centre, Ullapool on Friday 25th May, 6.30pm. David Attenborough described this a documentary as "one of the most important films of our time".  Free entry - donations to Scottish Coastal Cleanup Project accepted and appreciated.

Funding

SSE invites community bids to Beatrice windfarm fund. Closing date Thursday 5th July.

01 April 2018RSPB give update on Coul Links golf course proposal

'Although spring has officially arrived there are still signs of winter at Coul Links. The dune slacks, which provide an important wetland habitat for many species are still flooded and many of the birds that winter here are still around. Worryingly, areas such as the one here in the photo will be lost if the proposal for a luxury golf course goes ahead.'
Read more

Image of Image -  courtesy of Tom Dargie, Not Coul - is of a dune slack at Coul Links- located on the proposed fairway of hole 16.
 

27 March 2018Notes from Abriachan - outdoor volunteering meeting

On 19th March the Outdoor Volunteering HEF group met at Abriachan for an experimental outdoor meeting. The weather was glorious - so we're going to try it again.

 

The next meeting will be mid to late August at the Trees for Life Dundreggan conservation estate. Date TBC.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about the group and joining our meeting get in touch with Caroline.

Brief notes from the March meeting at Abriachan can be found here.

23 March 2018Rangers, rivers, research and . . . bees

If you'd like to see the enormous range of events on offer from the Highlife Highland Rangers this year, take a look at their new website

You might also like to know about the SNH Outdoor Learning in Nature fund. Which is is a competitive fund, with a budget of £600k that will run for 2 years. It is intended to support the implementation of a place-based progression model of outdoor learning, and should be focussed on young people (3-26 years) from the most deprived areas and disadvantaged backgrounds. Closing date for the first round is 30 April 2018. Find out more

Jobs

RSPB Community Engagement Officer, Insh Marshes

Seasonal Scottish Dolphin Centre Assistant at WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, Moray. Closing date 17th April

Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management), Glenlivet Closing date 3rd April

 

Rivers - research help request

Help phd student, Victoria Keele understand the multiple benefits to human wellbeing of our rivers. Read her blog in Scotland's Nature.

Events

Woodland Trust Bunce Survey Introduction and Training, Achnacarry, Loch Arkaig 4- 5th May. Find out more and book from Brione Slaney BrioneSlaney@woodlandtrust.org.uk

Sea Scotland conference 'Empowerment in marine stewardship: Emerging opportunities for citizens and communities in Scotland'- St Andrews,  June 20 - 21st

Research

The Pollinator Monitoring and Research Partnership aims to 'combine improved analyses of long-term records with new systematic survey activity to establish how insect pollinator populations are changing across Great Britain.'

Read the James Hutton Institute news

and also from the James Hutton Institute - Scotland’s sparsely populated areas confronted by demographic challenges

News

Saving Scotland’s bumblebees

Photograh: great yellow bumblebee, by Neil Cowie for Bumblebee Conservation Trust

 

10 March 2018Scottish Parliament report on fish farming

Scottish Parliament Committee raises concerns about the environmental impact of fish farms, noting that: 'there appears to have been too little focus on the application of the precautionary principle in the development and expansion of the sector.'

See Scottish Parliament website.

28 February 2018Eigg volunteering, squirrels and salmon

squrr of eiggVolunteering

Title: Eigg Volunteer Ranger Assistant (6 required)

Status: 1 month, full time

Location: Isle of Eigg

Closing date: 14 March 2018

 

News and Research

Could cleaning up beaches make Americans better off?

Listening to data could be the best way to track salmon migration

Grey squirrels beat reds in 'battle of wits'

 

Photo from Lochaber Geopark website

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