Scottish Natural Heritage
SNH promotes the care and improvement of Scotland's natural heritage, its responsible enjoyment, its greater understanding and appreciation and its sustainable use, now and for future generations.
The Scottish Natural Heritage Information Service - SNHi - has sections which help you to find out about species and habitats around Scotland, sites designated for their natural heritage value across Scotland, what's happening to Scotland's environment, facts and statistics about SNH's work, data on Scotland's countryside and all about the National Nature Reserves (NNR). THere's also information for teachers on sites suitable for outdoor learning.
Findhorn Foundation >
The Trust runs an educational centre and a wide variety of courses in such fields as personal and spiritual growth, gardening, meditation, leadership, community living, and the arts. The Ecological Village Project promotes the use of renewable energy such as Wind Power and Solar Energy.
This is a leading independent engineering consultancy specialising in worldwide renewable energy projects. They can deliver every phase of a project, from the early stages of site selection, feasibility and design right through to project management of the construction phase and operation and maintenance. Multi-disciplinary consultants have extensive sustainable energy experience worldwide. Clients include utilities, financiers, developers and many other public and private sector organisations.
Scottish Environmental Protection Agency >
The Agency works towards sustainable development in Scotland and their Web pages set out their objectives, how to contact them and makes available their recent press releases. Similarly Friends of the Earth Scotland > list their events, publications and how to join the organisation.
An interactive site where you can learn about sustainable development and the environment in Scotland on a national and local level. The site is designed to present integrated information about Scottish and local environmental initiatives to inspire people to care for the environment and their surroundings.
Touch Wood on Skye
This is wood recycling workshop based in Uig employs a number of people in the manufacture of small pieces of furniture using discarded pallets to create bespoke pieces of furniture. Their aim is to employ a significant number of people who may have disabilities or health problems, or who are long term unemployed. As the workforce and production has increased, so has consumption of pallets, helping to maintain a cleaner future for the area.
The Roslin Institute and the company which they have created leapt to world-wide prominence when they issued their press release on the cloning of sheep for the first time.
LIFE Peatlands Project
This attractively designed site describes the project aimed at restoring and enhancing an area of peatlands in Caithness and Sutherland - and why it is important. It is being promoted by the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) in partnership with Forest Enterprise, Scottish Natural Heritage, The Forestry Commission and Plantlife Scotland.
"Man with two dogs" isn't a website not just for dog owners and dog walkers but is a countryside diary which appears each Saturday in the Dundee Courier & Advertiser newspaper. Itís not just about the east coast of Scotland either but also about other parts of the country. The site covers articles back to 2003 - and that's a lot of ground to cover, with or without two dogs.
Forestry Commission Scotland
This is the government agency responsible for protecting and expanding Scotland's forests and woodlands and increase their value to society and the environment. There is a useful section with guidance on where to go to enjoy Scotland's forests - not just quiet forests but events ranging from arts and music to motor sport!
Water of Leith Conservation Trust>
The Water of Leith is a river which flows thirty five kilometres from its source in the Pentland Hills through the villages of Balerno, Currie, Juniper Green and Colinton into the heart of Edinburgh at Wester Coates, Dean, Stockbridge and Warriston and on to its mouth with the Firth of Forth in Leith. The site covers local history, wildlife and walks. There is a useful map with "pop-up" information.
Cove Conservation Park>
An innovative visitor centre, the Park covers 50 acres and is home to over 600 animals and birds, and features over 120 different species of plant life, rare breed animals, wildlife habbitats, solar power and wind power demonstrations.
Vegan Family House>
Vegan philosophies, ideas and the alternative choices from the North East of Scotland for anyone who wants to learn about veganism and related subjects plus links for people who are already vegetarians.
Supplier of power-saving GlareBuster sky-friendly floodlight fittings which provide safe, effective lighting of homes and small businesses without glare. They can also save you money as they use less energy than conventional halogen floodlights - and help you reduce pollution and unpleasant sky glow at the same time.
Centre for Inclusive Living in Glasgow>
The Centre for Independent Living in Glasgow provides services to promote Independent Living for disabled people. The Centre is run by disabled people and these pages describe the services provided, news and discussion. A wide range of disabilities is covered.
Royal Scottish Forestry Society
The Society is a registered charity which seeks to advance forestry in all its branches; influence the government of the day in forest policy; educate the public in the benefits and principles of forestry in all its aspects and encourage liaison between all aspects of forestry and other land uses. The Web site is mainly aimed at its members but has news pages containing articles and stories related to forestry and a photo gallery.
John Muir Trust>
The Trust is involved in conservation of wild places and education and is involved in a number of properties in Scotland including:
Glasgow Natural History Society
The Society exists to encourage the study of natural history, principally in the West of Scotland. The site has information about the society and general information about the programme of events and meetings held throughout the year in Glasgow and district.
Central Scotland Countryside Trust>
CSCT is transforming the landscape in a huge swathe of Scotland's central belt between Edinburgh and Glasgow by creating the Central Scotland Forest between Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Pentland Hills and the Campsie Fells through the planting of millions of trees.
Wild Mushrooms in Scotland
Part of a large site covering mushrooms found in all parts of the UK, you can find out about the different types to be found (and whether edible or not) and meet up with other enthusiasts.