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More rewilding, less sitka

The Scottish Government has now recognised that there is a Climate Emergency. One of the ways it says it will respond is by the mass planting of trees. This intention is simplistic and speaks to an unhelpful attitude towards the

More rewilding, less sitka

The Scottish Government has now recognised that there is a Climate Emergency. One of the ways it says it will respond is by the mass planting of trees. This intention is simplistic and speaks to an unhelpful attitude towards the

RL4 – Bracken

Bracken is abundant in the Highlands. It is seen as a scourge, since sheep, cattle and horses won’t eat it. Let’s look at the ecological niche it naturally occupies. Surprisingly perhaps, it is a woodland plant, yet can only grow

RL4 – Bracken

Bracken is abundant in the Highlands. It is seen as a scourge, since sheep, cattle and horses won’t eat it. Let’s look at the ecological niche it naturally occupies. Surprisingly perhaps, it is a woodland plant, yet can only grow

RL3 – Atlantic Woodland

The West Coast of Scotland, being wet and relatively warm all year thanks to the influence of the Atlantic, is home to Celtic Rainforest (so-named because it is also found on the west coast of Ireland and other ocean-facing coasts

RL3 – Atlantic Woodland

The West Coast of Scotland, being wet and relatively warm all year thanks to the influence of the Atlantic, is home to Celtic Rainforest (so-named because it is also found on the west coast of Ireland and other ocean-facing coasts

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

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,