Latest Moray Firth Stories

2008-10-06 00:00:20

News in brief ENVIRONMENT The collapse of sea trout numbers in the British Isles has left scientists baffled as to the cause, with hauls in Scotland at a 50-year low. Last year, catches on the river Spey, the largest river on the Moray Firth system in north-east Scotland, fell by 52 per cent. This year numbers are expected to be even worse. On the river Dee take rates are 46 per cent down while the river Ness has seen catches slump 10-fold since the 1990s. In Wales, experts say the size of...

2008-09-25 12:00:25

By DAVID ROSS HIGHLAND CORRESPONDENT A WILDLIFE expert yesterday applauded Scottish Water for spending GBP3.8m to lay a sewage pipe on the seabed near Inverness to protect dolphins, seals and porpoises. It is believed a toxic timebomb could have been building up in the mammals as a result of waste from North Kessock - a favourite point for spotting the bottlenose dolphins which visit regularly. Previously, sewage from North Kessock was simply discharged into the waters under Kessock...

2008-08-23 09:00:30

By Jenny Haworth INCREASING activity in the Moray Firth ranging from offshore wind farm development to boat traffic is putting Scotland's precious populations of whales and dolphins at risk, researchers claim. Scientists are currently carrying out surveys of whales and dolphins in the waters off the North East coast in an attempt to spell out the need for greater protection for the creatures. As well as an internationally-important population of about 130 bottlenose dolphins, other...

2008-08-08 06:00:30

By Andrea Mullaney Born to Be Wild, BBC4 THERE'S a man up a ladder, halfway up a cliff, using a long stick to grab seabirds so he can put rings on their feet and keep track of them. This is Bob Swann, a naturalist, and I suspect that when he goes to the fair he cleans up on the hook-a-duck stall. One of the enthusiasts featured on Born To Be Wild, the aptly named Swann has spent almost a quarter of a century checking nests. His invaluable record has noted a vast decline in their...

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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.