Category Archives: Ecology

RL2 – bring back the Beaver

Our boglands slowly release the water held within the masses of sphagnum; the water comes together in burns flowing down towards the sea, never far away. In some areas there are a few miles of low-lying ground and it is

RL2 – bring back the Beaver

Our boglands slowly release the water held within the masses of sphagnum; the water comes together in burns flowing down towards the sea, never far away. In some areas there are a few miles of low-lying ground and it is

Defining your home region

The “bioregion” as is currently defined is too big.  It is possible to conceive of “meta” regions based on river catchments/watershed boundaries (essential for ecosystem management purposes) but an individual’s lived experience is of a much smaller, “sub-region” within the

Defining your home region

The “bioregion” as is currently defined is too big.  It is possible to conceive of “meta” regions based on river catchments/watershed boundaries (essential for ecosystem management purposes) but an individual’s lived experience is of a much smaller, “sub-region” within the

Resilient Land 1 – Peat bogs

This is the first in a series of themed posts in which I set out a new policy framework for how we use land in the Highlands of Scotland. The first ecosystem I want to highlight is our boglands, which

Resilient Land 1 – Peat bogs

This is the first in a series of themed posts in which I set out a new policy framework for how we use land in the Highlands of Scotland. The first ecosystem I want to highlight is our boglands, which

Hinterland

Hinterland is originally a German word meaning “beyond land” and was first used to describe the land on the edge of a port. It has subsequently evolved and is often now used metaphorically, referring to that which is outside the

Hinterland

Hinterland is originally a German word meaning “beyond land” and was first used to describe the land on the edge of a port. It has subsequently evolved and is often now used metaphorically, referring to that which is outside the

The power of Phragmites

I was on my local Chleit beach (west coast of Kintyre) on 20 November and was surprised to see tender young reeds growing there. Normally at this time the plant is under siege from below as winter winds scour away

The power of Phragmites

I was on my local Chleit beach (west coast of Kintyre) on 20 November and was surprised to see tender young reeds growing there. Normally at this time the plant is under siege from below as winter winds scour away

Scottish Centre for Geopoetics

A couple of years ago a friend of mine introduced me to the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, part of an international institute begun by the Scottish poet and thinker Kenneth White. I quote from its website: “It seeks a new

Scottish Centre for Geopoetics

A couple of years ago a friend of mine introduced me to the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, part of an international institute begun by the Scottish poet and thinker Kenneth White. I quote from its website: “It seeks a new

On the Deep Wealth of this Nation

Newton Harrison is an artist practising in California. Recently he responded to a request from the Barn Arts centre, Aberdeenshire, to produce a work on the Don and Dee catchments where the Barn is located. He flew over the catchments

On the Deep Wealth of this Nation

Newton Harrison is an artist practising in California. Recently he responded to a request from the Barn Arts centre, Aberdeenshire, to produce a work on the Don and Dee catchments where the Barn is located. He flew over the catchments

Firth of Lorn

I was talking to Carina (my partner) about how the various Firths of Scotland form natural regions, and she suggested an area I hadn’t thought big enough: The Firth of Lorn. Today we were on Gigha and my old friend

Firth of Lorn

I was talking to Carina (my partner) about how the various Firths of Scotland form natural regions, and she suggested an area I hadn’t thought big enough: The Firth of Lorn. Today we were on Gigha and my old friend

Mapping the Clyde bioregion

It’s not possible to encapsulate a bioregion in a single map. In 2015 McCloskey created one for “Cascadia”, the name given to the huge bioregion of a mighty part of the western seaboard of the USA and Canada. However, in

Mapping the Clyde bioregion

It’s not possible to encapsulate a bioregion in a single map. In 2015 McCloskey created one for “Cascadia”, the name given to the huge bioregion of a mighty part of the western seaboard of the USA and Canada. However, in

Scottish bioregions

I have had a go at mapping Scotland’s bioregions. Certain regions have longstanding historical and cultural associations eg. The Lothians, Moray and Fife. Others are archipelagos: the Orkneys, Shetlands and Hebrides. I see these island groupings as a key pattern,

Scottish bioregions

I have had a go at mapping Scotland’s bioregions. Certain regions have longstanding historical and cultural associations eg. The Lothians, Moray and Fife. Others are archipelagos: the Orkneys, Shetlands and Hebrides. I see these island groupings as a key pattern,