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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

17 July 2019Scientists team up to study the spread and impacts of invasive pink salmon

As it is anticipated that pink salmon will appear in UK rivers in large numbers this year, ecologists across the UK are teaming up to explore the presence of invasive pink salmon and their potential impacts.

This year-long preliminary study will use environmental DNA techniques to detect and plot the distribution of this non-native species and environmental tracers to explore their impact on our riverine ecosystems.

It comes after unprecedented numbers of pink salmon (also known as humpback salmon) were encountered in UK rivers in 2017. Read more

10 July 2019More than 100 pearl mussels poached from Sutherland river

Police are investigating the poaching of freshwater pearl mussels at a Highlands river.

The remains of more than 100 of the protected shellfish were found on the upper reaches of the River Oykel in Sutherland on 4 July.

Police believe the poaching happened some time over the last two months. Read more

Photo from SNH

19 June 2019Highland Environment Forum Sept meeting on biodiversity

The next Highland Environment Forum meeting on 17th September will be looking at Highland Biodiversity –  hearing about some of the many positive actions that are being undertaken around the region and considering the priorities for the next Action Plan (2020 - 2025).

You can book a place here

Relevant to the Forum discussions are:

The Highland Council Climate and Ecological emergency declaration; the CEO of SNH, Fransesca Osowska's speech to the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Scotland's biodiversity: a route map to 2020.

 

21 May 2019Highland green health on web and blog

For those that have been following the development of the Green Health Partnership, you'll be pleased to know that there's a webpage at www.thinkhealththinknature.scot  which give links to case studies and the facebook and twitter accounts.

You can read about the launch of the partnership in Ailsa's blog.

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