Latest Moray Stories
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- A morbid dread of being buried alive. Also spelled 'taphiphobia'.