Category: Wildlife
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Saving Scotland’s red squirrels through community action

It’s been a busy summer for Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels. Earlier this year it was announced that the project had been awarded a grant of £2.46 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, for an exciting new endeavour called ‘Developing Community Action’. Alongside work to control grey squirrel numbers in strategic areas, and slow the impact
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Feral pigs – an update

Over the last 15 years, free-ranging, breeding populations of feral pigs have become established in Scotland. Following escapes or deliberate releases from wild boar and domestic pig farms, or from collections, at least three breeding populations have become established; in Dumfriesshire, in central Perthshire and in Lochaber. One-off sightings have come from as far apart
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Let’s keep red squirrel numbers out of the red

Scottish Land and Estates is delighted to continue its support of the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) Project, which has just been awarded a grant of £2.46 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the SSRS – Developing Community Action project (SSRS-DCA). It is now estimated that there are now only c.160, 000 red
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Let’s keep the wild in Scottish wildcat

Cat owners across Scotland are being asked to help protect the highly endangered Scottish wildcat. Experts estimate there are fewer than 300 wildcats left in the wild, but Scottish Wildcat Action (SWA) hopes pet and farm cats will play a key part in helping save the day. So what is involved and, crucially, what can
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Hear the buzz from the Scottish Bee Company

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This week’s blog has been written by Iain & Suzie Millar of The Scottish Bee Company. It’s well known that bees are one of the world’s most important pollinating insects and play an integral role in food production and maintaining biodiversity. However, the dramatic decline in numbers has become a cause of national, if not
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The enemy of my enemy is my friend

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This week’s blog has been written by Professor Xavier Lambin of Aberdeen University. Professor Lambin is keen to explore in-situ in Scotland the impact of pine marten on Scotland’s squirrels, both red and grey. The hope, based on evidence from Ireland, is that pine marten – when in reasonable densities – act as a biological
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Can we have consensus conservation please?

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The future of beavers has once again hit the headlines in recent weeks, with pressure being placed on the Scottish Government to allow their full reintroduction as soon as possible. Sadly, much of the commentary has sought to portray farmers as the ‘bad guys’ rather than addressing the fact that the illegal release of beavers,
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Why Scotland must not dance with wolves – by Magnus Linklater

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Bringing back the lost predators would be a disaster for a truly endangered species — our embattled farmers. It is 300 years since the last wolf was killed in Scotland, shot by a gamekeeper in Sutherland after a government-backed campaign to eradicate them. No one regretted their passing. In the Highlands, they were regarded as
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