‘A Ban In All But Name’ – Shipping Calves for Slaughter to Europe — The Orkney News

“the SNP Government needs to wake up and listen to the 73% of voters who recently said they supported a ban on the trade.”

via ‘A Ban In All But Name’ – Shipping Calves for Slaughter to Europe — The Orkney News

Whale stranding death toll rises to 58 in Scotland and Ireland — BBC News – Science & Environment

By Steven McKenzie
BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

More whales have been found dead on the coasts of Scotland and Ireland following several strandings of the animals at the end of last month.

Eleven whales were found dead over the course of one week in August.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation said the toll had now risen to at least 58.

In Scotland, 20 whales were found beached in the Western Isles, 16 in Argyll and Bute and two in the Highlands. Twenty have stranded in Ireland.

One of the whales was found dead in Northern Ireland, and the rest in the Republic of Ireland.

Many of the animals that died were Cuvier’s and True’s beaked whales, which are a deep-diving species.

Some have been found dead along the shores of North Uist and Harris in the Western Isles.

Last month, Whale and Dolphin Conservation asked the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Scottish government to investigate the strandings.

The Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme and Inverness-based Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme are investigating,

Cuvier's beaked whales on beach
Many of the animals involved are a deep-diving species called Cuvier’s beaked whales

via Whale stranding death toll rises to 58 in Scotland and Ireland — BBC News – Science & Environment

‘Welfare Dilemna’ Over Licensed Shooting of Seals in Scotland — The Orkney News

A film has been made by Lizzie Daly a leading wildlife biologist and BBC presenter – ‘Silent Slaughter: The Shooting of Scotland’s Seals’

via ‘Welfare Dilemna’ Over Licensed Shooting of Seals in Scotland — The Orkney News

BBC News: In pictures: The long road from Scotland to Russia

The kind of story I appreciate most – real people and places, real life. 

In pictures: The long road from Scotland to Russia – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-39882616

Glasgow canal walks — The Glasgow Gallivanter

The Forth and Clyde Canal runs very close to our house and we love it for a Sunday afternoon stroll. We have three choices – east, west or the spur that runs into the city centre. I’ve already written about the spur (here) so this post will cover the east and west walks we took in November. […]

via Glasgow canal walks — The Glasgow Gallivanter

Google Doodle Celebrates Scotland’s St. Andrew’s Day

Google celebrated St. Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s national day, on Nov. 30 with a brand new Google Doodle. The day marks the feast of St. Andrew, Scotland’s patron saint, and is also the nation’s official flag day. The Scottish flag, known as the Saltire or Cross of St. Andrews is flown from buildings across the nation.…

via Google Doodle Celebrates Scotland’s St. Andrew’s Day — TIME