High-altitude forest to save rare trees and boost mountain wildlife

A new high-altitude forest of 10,000 rare mountain trees supporting wildlife including golden eagles and mountain hares is to be planted near Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands by Trees for Life next spring. The waist-high trees form a unique and important wildlife-rich habitat called montane scrub. This should be common between woodlands and open…

Forestry Commission Launches New Project to Diversify Nature Writing

As part of celebrations to mark its centenary in 2019, the Forestry Commission has launched a new writing competition to diversify nature writing. From Wordsworth to J.K Rowling, England’s forests have inspired characters and chronicles that have shaped the nation’s literary history for centuries. Now, for the first time, the Forestry Commission is opening applications…

Nature-depleted Scotland needs a new era of rewilding says landmark book

A sticking plaster approach to conservation is failing Scotland’s wildlife – and with species such as red squirrel, wild cat and capercaillie declining or on the edge of extinction, a new era of massive rewilding is needed, says a landmark new book from Trees for Life and SCOTLAND: The Big Picture. Scotland has space and…

New Grant to Help Bats and Churches

Earlier this month, Natural England (NE) revealed that they had secured £3.8 million in Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funds to support their ongoing efforts to protect churches found to be harbouring notable bat populations. Due to historic declines, bats represent one of the most stringently protected mammal groups in the UK. Despite this, however, an increasing…

Unique roadshow brings bumblebees’ world into classrooms

A unique mobile interactive experience from conservation charity, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, is to help secondary school students learn about the importance of bumblebees and how to help these struggling pollinators. All thanks to National Lottery players and made possible through the use of larger-than-life models, ultraviolet vision and a mobile laboratory. In a world-first, Bumblebee…

Bumper breeding season for rare waders

It was uplifting to learn that Black-tailed Godwits, the elegant wading birds at the heart of the outstanding Project Godwit initiative, have enjoyed a bumper breeding season in Southern England. Below you will find a news release from the organisations involved in the PG scheme for you to peruse at your leisure – surely we…

Call for public support towards a wilder Scotland

Golden eagles, beavers, ospreys and pine martens will take centre stage in a landmark new conservation book aiming to inspire a change in attitudes and a move towards a wilder Scotland. Scotland: A Rewilding Journey will lay out a vision of how rewilding could transform Scotland and benefit its people and wildlife.  It is being supported…

Record numbers of common dolphin sightings off Scotland’s west coast

Sightings of common dolphins across the Hebrides have reached a record high according to research conducted by marine conservation charity, the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust. Evidence collected during marine research expeditions on the Trust’s specialized research yacht, Silurian, in 2017 has revealed a dramatic 24% increase from the previous year’s already record-breaking figures. “We have never documented…

Pondering those godawful ‘pigeon spikes’

Modern society is growing increasingly disconnected from the natural world. That, unfortunately, is a fact. And it will come as no surprise to learn that many, particularly (but not limited to) those living in urban areas, have come to view wildlife as a hindrance in daily life or, worse still, a mere obstacle to be killed,…

Bittern Numbers Boom Once Again

Numbers of one of the UK’s most scarce and elusive birds, the Bittern Botaurus stellaris, have increased dramatically during recent years. Once considered extinct across the country, conservationists now believe that the UK population of these enigmatic herons has reached an all-time high: with a minimum of 164 booming males recorded at 71 sites, compared to…