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On the front line of climate change

04th August 2020

Young people are concerned about climate change because they face the consequences. But, writes Willem Dane, they must have the right skills to confront the challenge. 

The Power of the For Sale Board

27th July 2020

From time to time our clients may ask “Do we really need a ‘For Sale’ board?

Tracking the smolts may help to cut losses

23rd July 2020

The extent of hydro power installations on the Conon river system has sometimes made life difficult for salmon, but it has also allowed the river to be the subject of detailed study. Neil Wright reports.

The benefits of brash removal

22nd July 2020

The growing demand for ‘lop and top’ to feed biomass boilers makes brash recovery an attractive idea, although not all forestry sites are suitable, says Russell Porter.

Radiation alert as 5G phone networks roll out

21st July 2020

Potential radiation levels have prompted concerns about the building and use of phone masts. As Mike Reid reports, landowners should be prepared.

Scotland needs an answer to Rishi Sunak’s energy efficiency plans for households

17th July 2020

Whatever one thinks of the UK Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, its lockdown response has poured cold water all over the economy. 

Forest resilience: what does it really mean?

08th July 2020

Tree-planting strategies need to change in the face of greater risks of disease, but how exactly? Asks Paul Schofield.

Homing in on hot spots

07th July 2020

Heat mapping, or thermal imaging, is an important aspect of a modern survey, says John Pullen.

Coast & Waters

03rd July 2020

Time and time again we see well-sited  coastal properties out-performing those  without water views.

A long-term plan for a more resilient river

02nd July 2020

Neil Wright reports on efforts to secure the future of salmon in a Sutherland river in the face of climate change.

Always expect the unexpected

02nd July 2020

It is fairly common to find oddities and noteworthy features when working on and walking through the forests we manage.

A B C ...spelling out the cost of energy failings

30th June 2020

Sales of homes could be blocked if they fall short on energy efficiency, but how will this impact on residential property values in general?  Calum Innes reports.

The Appeal Of The Scottish Estate Today

26th June 2020

The worldwide romantic appeal of Scotland is long established; beautiful coast lines, the rugged mountain ranges of the Highlands, the rolling countryside of the lowlands, together with the ability to “get away from  it all” with relative ease.

Atlantic salmon: making sense of the figures

26th June 2020

Hugo Remnant explores the many theories around declining salmon numbers.

Ministers call for ideas in drive to promote green heat for buildings

25th June 2020

The UK Government is rethinking its subsidy for green energy in the form of heat and calling for ideas on what to replace it with.

The bad bug guide

24th June 2020

Stephen Sweeney looks at the growing array of threats to Britain’s trees.

Boost for projects to deliver low-carbon economy and help drive COVID recovery

23rd June 2020

Huge strides are being made in renewable energy and clean technologies and frankly it’s hard for busy people to keep up with developments, let alone evaluate which ones present the best opportunities. 

Dressing a property up vs Empty properties

18th June 2020

No matter what is happening in the property market, when you want to sell your home there are two important factors to consider to assure a quick sale: price it  well and ensure it is looking its best. Regardless of the asking price, the appearance needs to be inviting. Empty properties can often be undesired or even overlooked so we explore the reasons for dressing a property vs leaving it empty.

Why yon bonnie banks are in need of restoration

17th June 2020

Restoring woodland in upper river catchments can be of great benefit to water courses and the salmon that spawn in them. Willie Beattie offers a Highland perspective.

Towards Zero Carbon

16th June 2020

The UK’s zero-carbon emissions target for 2050 is a huge ambition, and the Government will need to be transparent about the practicalities, says Mike Reid.