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Scottish Wildlife & Adventure Tourism Association: Lapwing

posted Jul 9, 2014, 2:03 AM by Aaron Svalberd   [ updated Jul 9, 2014, 2:05 AM ]

At a distance the lapwing looks black and white, on close inspection it has rich greens and shades of red on its back and wings.


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At a distance the lapwing looks black and white, on close inspection it has rich greens and shades of red on its back and wings, with an orange vent under its tail. In flight, it looks all black from above and white with black wing ends from underneath. It calls in flight with a plaintive ’pee-wit’, its vernacular name.

Pioneering wildlife audit reveals 1500 exclusively 'British' species overseas. By RSPB, Tue, 20/05/2014 - 10:45

posted Jun 26, 2014, 3:31 PM by Aaron Svalberd

Pioneering wildlife audit reveals 1500 exclusively 'British' species overseas.

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One of the world’s smallest lizards, a ‘spiky’ yellow woodlouse, a blue iguana, a flightless moth, a seabird thought to be extinct for three centuries and a predatory shrimp confined to just two rockpools, are just some of the amazing 1547 species unique to the islands of the UK’s Overseas Territories, which extend from the sub-Antarctic to the tropics.

The amazing haul of native and unique species, which have been highlighted during an RSPB wildlife ‘stocktake’ of the UK Overseas Territories, show these Territories contain at least 1500 endemic species: those species found nowhere else on earth. Compared with the 90 endemic species in the UK, the report shows that the UK’s Overseas Territories hold more than 94% of known unique British species. Staggeringly, the scientists compiling the figures have calculated there could be another 2100 endemic species awaiting discovery by science, as there are still many gaps in the understanding of the wildlife of the Territories.

Some of the species and habitats present on the UK’s Overseas Territories are found nowhere else on earth. Information from the better-understood wildlife groups, such as birds, reveals the severe conservation pressures faced by the wildlife on these islands, including habitat destruction, climate change and attacks from non-native species. The purpose of the report by BirdLife's UK Partner, which was funded by the UK Government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office, was to obtain a broad overview of the wildlife known to occur on each of the island Territories, including unique, native and non-native species. A further step will now be to assess the risk of extinction for these species.

Mark Simmonds MP is the UK Minister responsible for the UK Overseas Territories. In a foreword to the report, he said, “Some of the species and habitats present on the UK’s Overseas Territories are found nowhere else on earth. This Government is proud of such rich and unique natural heritage and recognises that many of these environmental assets would be irreplaceable if lost.”

Specials

posted Jun 26, 2014, 3:26 PM by Aaron Svalberd

We currently have the following specials on offer.

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To view any discounted last-minute tours, click here.

For anyone booking a berth on our Classic Antarctica – The Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica IIIvoyage, from 3 – 21 Nov 2014 (19 days), the following discount is available:

An air/land package that includes:
One night pre-cruise hotel accommodation in Ushuaia (recommended) or Buenos Aires;
Return domestic flights Buenos Aires – Ushuaia – Buenos Aires;
Group transfer from your hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires, and in Ushuaia from the airport to your meeting point or hotel.

Alternatively, you can choose a US$750 per person air credit instead, which will be deducted from your cruise price when your booking is confirmed.

Please note that this special offer is only available for the above cruise (subject to availability).

Updates

posted Jun 23, 2014, 4:19 PM by Aaron Svalberd   [ updated Jul 9, 2014, 2:00 AM ]

Updates

The gateway to everything you want to know about Scotland’s environment.
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LIFE+ is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU.

SEPA successfully applied to the LIFE+ Programme for matched funding to support Scotland’s Environment Web Partnership initiative. A project with a total value of 4.8 million Euros commenced on September 1st 2011, for development of the Scotland’s Environment Web Partnership and Website until August 2015.

More about the LIFE+ Project including Actions,Publications, Project News & Updates
Scotland’s Environment partners
More information about Scotland’s Environment Web partners.

An Earth Science Institute World Project.

posted Jun 23, 2014, 4:15 PM by Aaron Svalberd   [ updated Jun 23, 2014, 4:15 PM ]

An Earth Science Institute World Project.


An Earth Science Institute World Project.
#OrcaAvengers Honor the Orcas, dive in. An Earth Science Institute World Project: #CaptivityFree

Working in partnership with: Captivity free, #PandorasJourney We speak for the Cetaceans of the World.
Titan Exploration Industries: Wildlife campaigners of the World.
Want a tweet embedded on our site? Tweet us a mention @OrcaAvengers @VidarOceans or @TitanExplores & it’s done!

RSPB Scotland wildlife charity backing Scottish beaver projects - stv.tv

posted Jun 23, 2014, 4:11 PM by Aaron Svalberd

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RSPB Scotland wildlife charity backing Scottish beaver projects - stv.tv
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From news.stv.tv - June 18, 9:58 AM

A leading wildlife conservation charity is backing the reintroduction of beavers to Scotland.

RSPB Scotland has urged the Scottish Government to pave the way for future releases following the conclusion of the Scottish Beaver Trial.

Ministers are due to determine the fate of beavers in Scotland by May 2015.

They will decide whether to allow further licensed reintroductions, allow present beavers to remain but not allow further reintroductions, or exterminate all beavers in Scotland.

To promote the study, recording and conservation of wild birds and their habitats throughout Scotland.

posted Jun 23, 2014, 2:57 PM by Aaron Svalberd   [ updated Jun 23, 2014, 2:58 PM ]

The Birds of Scotland.

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The Birds of Scotland, published by the SOC, is the most detailed record of Scotland’s birds ever written. Containing one million words, 1600 pages, 900 first-class photographs, and 1500 charts and maps, this encyclopaedia of Scottish birds was written by 157 expert authors and poured over by 9 editors.

On the face of it, a birdwatching club

The SOC is Scotland’s bird club, with 15 branches around the country and a growing membership of over 2700. We bring together like-minded individuals with a passion for birds, nature and conservation, through a programme of talks, outings, conferences and via the Club’s members’ journal, Scottish Birds. We are heavily dependent on keen volunteers and the support of our membership.

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