Scottish Beaver Trail

Recently I had a short trip to the west coast of Scotland to visit Knapdale, home of the Scottish beaver trial. The area was certainly one of the most beautiful places I have visited in Scotland and the abundance of nature was very impressive.   Four beaver families were released in Knapdale forest during May … Continue reading Scottish Beaver Trail

Irresponsible Journalism

Recently, I had the misfortune of coming across a poorly informed, shockingly ignorant and frankly irresponsible piece of writing. More disappointingly, it was penned by a Scottish ecologist and published in a national newspaper. I felt that I should write something to address some of the points and claims made by its author. The article focussed … Continue reading Irresponsible Journalism

Bringing Back Beavers

You’ve probably noticed that beavers have been in the spotlight of late and have received lots of well-earned media attention. Our Scottish beavers were finally granted legal protection in 2016 and numerous beaver projects are now cropping up across the rest of the UK, hoping for the same outcome.  This is fantastic to witness and … Continue reading Bringing Back Beavers

Bushy Tailed and Bouncing Back

I'm normally an advocate for species lacking in media attention. The small things that people ignore; or the slimy things that some find scary. This week however, I happened to spend an afternoon with the charismatic poster species for Scottish conservation - the red squirrel. And yes I have to admit...they were very cute. Up until … Continue reading Bushy Tailed and Bouncing Back

Volunteering with The John Muir Trust

This year I've been attending conservation work parties organised by The John Muir Trust in the Cairngorm National Park. JMT is a Scottish charity dedicated to protecting and enhancing our wild places. We carry out a variety of tasks, such as putting up deer fencing to protect young trees from being over-grazed. We've also removed gorse and … Continue reading Volunteering with The John Muir Trust

Rewilding Scotland

rewild riːˈwʌɪld/ verb gerund or present participle: rewilding Restore (an area of land) to its natural uncultivated state (used especially with reference to the reintroduction of species of wild animal that have been driven out or exterminated). Imagine a truly wild landscape. Blanketed in thick glades of caledonian forest. Imagine spotting red squirrels more often … Continue reading Rewilding Scotland

Sand, seals and forgotten sandwiches

Yesterday I went back to Newburgh beach, one of my favourite places in Aberdeenshire. If you've never been seal watching before I thoroughly recommend it - it's quite possibly one of the best things ever (yes really). I like seals. They're tubby, cheeky, always look to be either smiling or confused (see exhibit A) and most … Continue reading Sand, seals and forgotten sandwiches