Category Archives: Biodiversity

Comma butterflies in Scotland

The comma butterfly is an orange and brown butterfly with a small white comma-like shape on each wing. It was previously only found in south east England and Wales, but in the last 40 years its population has flourished further … Continue reading

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#ShowTheLove for Nature

This Valentine’s Day RSPB are asking us all to “show the love” for our natural world. Each MSP was given a handmade brooch to remind us to cherish the green spaces, birds, and animals that we love. My green heart … Continue reading

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World Wetlands Day 2017

Each year, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands celebrates February the 2nd as ‘World Wetlands Day’ to raise global awareness of the importance of wetlands Wetlands act as natural safeguards against disasters. They protect communities most at risk and vulnerable to … Continue reading

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Biodiversity Partnerships celebrate 20 years

2016 saw Biodiversity Partnerships celebrate 20 years of promoting and enhancing biodiversity throughout Scotland. Many outstanding projects have been made possible through the hard work of volunteers, charities, government agencies and local Councils who dedicate time and resources to protecting … Continue reading

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State of Nature Report – Debate

Last week I spoke in a debate on the State of Nature 2016 Report. This report came about from a partnership of 50 UK wide organisations, who together assessed the health and levels of wildlife in the UK and in … Continue reading

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Enjoying local wildlife

I had a fantastic time camping out for RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout. Time took on a different dimension as my partner Michael and I watched house martins in the twilight, then bats taking their place in the sky search for insects. … Continue reading

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Rainforests in Scotland?

My first week back in Parliament in the new year was busy as always, kicking off the new term by speaking in a Members Debate on the Celtic Rainforests in Scotland. After the devastation of the floods experienced across the … Continue reading

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Plans for golden eagle population revival in South Scotland

The South of Scotland may become home to more golden eagles as efforts are launched to revive the population. Last year Scottish Natural Heritage produced a report that explored what was limiting the population growth. There are currently between 2-4 … Continue reading

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The Royal Highland Show 2015

The Royal Highland Show is a showcase of Scottish farming, food and countryside. It is always a wonderful occasion, and I have been lucky enough to visit it as an MSP for a number of years, along with hundreds of … Continue reading

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Visiting Inverleith Allotments

Earlier this month, I joined my colleagues Ken Macintosh and Sarah Boyack on a visit to Inverleith Allotments in Edinburgh. The visit was organised to allow us to meet with the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society to discuss their views … Continue reading

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