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Expansion of native woodlands in Argyll

Working on quite an interesting project over in Argyll just now, where the owner of an estate is considering trying to expand the native woodland and wider suite of upland habitats to increase biodiversity as well as provide more game for sport.  Interested to see where this goes over the next few years.  On the other side of the glen, there are good semi-natural woodlands already present from seashore towards…
May 22, 2019
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Ecosystems & disturbance

I love the way that nature rebounds following disturbance, keeping our ecosystems resilient through an endless sequence of small-scale processes.  Here is a primrose that had colonised on top of a fallen root plate on the River Earn.
April 20, 2019
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Peat Action Monadhliath – update

The results of our collaborative peatland restoration project in the Monadhliath are now becoming evident.  In total, we have treated 1,234ha of land in the past 7/8 months – an amazing effort by all the organisations involved.  Here is an example of the outcomes on one of the estates from a distance, and close up.  The site used to be a dry peat flat with deep, dry gullies…
March 8, 2019
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Deer monitoring on Scotland’s National Nature Reserves

We started a program of laying out transects on some of SNH’s NNR’s this week.  With it being so snowless, we would not have expected to be able to work at the top of Creag Meagaidh but did.  Normally, it would be covered in ice climbers at this time of year. On the way to work later in the week I came across this freshly killed roe deer, yet another…
February 14, 2019