Latest Moray 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...

2008-08-23 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...

2008-08-12 15:00:45

By GRAEME SMITH HOLLYWOOD actor Kevin McKidd yesterday called for tax breaks for film-makers to encourage more movies to be made in the Highlands and Islands. The Elgin-born star of Trainspotting, who has just started filming a series of top American drama Grey's Anatomy, was speaking in his home town at a ceremony marking his appointment as patron of the Scottish Highlands and Islands Film Commission (SHIFC). The actor, who is now based in Los Angeles and is best known for roles in the...

2008-08-11 15:00:46

A SPERM whale which died after being beached in the Highlands has been cut up and burned. The 50ft mammal beached itself at Alturlie Point, in the Moray Firth, near Inverness, on Wednesday. The creature's 30-ton carcass was destroyed at Dougalsbrae Knackery at Keith in Grampian. Originally published by Newsquest Media Group. (c) 2008 Herald, The; Glasgow (UK). Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

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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