Latest Scottish Natural Heritage Stories

2010-02-18 07:10:00

Ravens have been scratched out as the cause for a decline in the number of wading birds in the UK. Raven numbers have increased in the past 20 years, but waders like lapwing and curlew have fallen by 50%. Ravens feed on the eggs of the birds, but a new study shows that its links to the decline were irrelevant. The RSPB and University of Aberdeen's Center for Environmental Sustainability (ACES) carried out research that suggests habitat and vegetation and foxes could be to blame. The...

2009-06-11 14:15:00

A new report shows that Scotland's seabird numbers plunged by 19 percent between 2000 and 2008, according to BBC News. The major cause was almost certainly a shortage of food due to a drop in the number of small fish, such as sandeels, according to Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). SNH said rising sea temperatures were probably affecting the fish populations as well. RSPB Scotland called the figures "deeply worrying," as declines have been greater in areas such as the Northern Isles and down...

2008-09-08 15:00:50

By Rob Edwards Environment Editor A MAJOR opencast coal mining company has been reported to the police for allegedly breaching planning conditions and damaging an internationally important peat bog in Ayrshire. ATH Resources has been accused of failing to prevent a "bog burst" during an expansion of its Grievehill mine near New Cumnock. The "bog burst" saw an area of peatland, under legal protection because of the wildlife it supports, collapse into the mine. The coal industry remains...

2008-08-08 06:00:30

By Jenny Haworth environment correspondent PLANS to transform Edinburgh's waterfront can go ahead without harming important wildlife habitats, conservationists said yesterday. One of Britain's largest colonies of common terns was among birds feared to be under threat from the 144-hectare Forth Ports development in Leith Docks. Now Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has responded to a City of Edinburgh Council consultation, saying the proposed development would not adversely affect the...

2008-07-15 15:00:28

THE waters surrounding Scotland's most remote National Nature Reserves (NNRs) will be charted for the first time when Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) conducts a marine survey of the area next week. North Rona is one of Scotland's most isolated island outposts, sitting 47 miles out in the Atlantic northeast of the Butt of Lewis. Despite its NNRs designation, the marine environment of the island has never been fully surveyed. SNH hopes to explore North Rona's reefs, caves and gullies...

2008-05-26 09:55:00

For the first time in over 400 years, the European beaver will be reintroduced to Scotland in the spring of 2009, according to the Scottish Government. Michael Russell, the Environment Minister, quipped, "This is an exciting development for wildlife enthusiasts all over Scotland and beyond. Four beaver families will be caught in Norway in the fall of 2008, put into quarantine for six months, and released into one of five lochs in Knapdale, Argyll on a trial basis. According to Mr. Russell,...

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