If you've any news about Highland biodiversity and the environment that you'd like us to share, get in touch with Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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.
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.'
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
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.
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
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
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.'
28 February 2018Eigg volunteering, squirrels and salmon
Title: Eigg Volunteer Ranger Assistant (6 required)
Status: 1 month, full time
Location: Isle of Eigg
Closing date: 14 March 2018
News and Research
Photo from Lochaber Geopark website