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Meet the people behind the map: part one Find out more Meet the people behind the map: part one Scotland's environment web
November 21, 2017

As users, we interact with maps and spatial data on daily basis. But do we give much thought to how these applications are developed? How does all of this data reach the map applications that we use? And who builds them?

Mapvember Find out more Mapvember Scotland's environment web
November 15, 2017

Today is international GIS Day (15 November) - a day to learn more about geography and the uses of geographic information systems (GIS). And what better day to launch our next series of the Scotland's environment blog, which is all about our new map and spatial data. This November we bring you Mapvember

Scotland's peatland: enduring through time Find out more Scotland's peatland: enduring through time Dr Patricia Bruneau, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
November 10, 2017

Scotland’s peatland provides us with some spectacular scenery. They are places where soils meet with water to create unique habitats that have been enduring for millennia. These bogs also play an essential role in our lives. But having been exposed to too many pressures they are now in need of more attention if we want to secure their long term future.

Meet our partners... Scottish Natural Heritage Find out more Meet our partners... Scottish Natural Heritage Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
November 08, 2017

In our second blog of the series about our partners, we hear from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) about why they are excited about being part of the Scotland's environment web collaboration.

Biodiversity data on Scotland's environment website Find out more Biodiversity data on Scotland's environment website Scotland's environment web
October 31, 2017

As part of our spotlight on Biodiversity, our blog recently featured two new biodiversity information and data resources that are now available on Scotland’s environment website – Habitat Map of Scotland (HabMoS) and Ecosystem Health Indicators. But we have much more information and data to help your understanding of Scotland’s valuable biodiversity and influence new actions for its care and restoration.

Recyclate quality in Scotland Find out more Recyclate quality in Scotland Naomi Ross, Waste Unit, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
October 26, 2017

Many people don't give much thought to what happens to their waste once their bins have been collected. So they don't realise that the separately collected recyclable materials are put through a series of sorting processes, using a mix of machinery and hand separation (that's real people working at nearby facilities to sorting through your waste). We asked Naomi Ross, from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)'s Waste Unit, to explain more about what's involved, the cycle of our waste and how we can help improve the quality of recycled materials.

Exciting new biodiversity analysis tools - Habitat Map of Scotland and Ecosystem health indicators Find out more Exciting new biodiversity analysis tools - Habitat Map of Scotland and Ecosystem health indicators Philippa Vigano & David O'Brien, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
October 17, 2017

Providing a sound evidence base to inform policy development and decisions, and making data and information more accessible to you - our users - is at the core of what Scotland's environment web is all about. So I'm sure you'll understand why we're pleased to be able to tell you about two new additions to our website - the Habitat Map of Scotland, a great new composite map tool, pulling together habitat and land use data to help support policy and management decisions, and the Ecosystem health indicators section, providing valuable information on the status of our ecosystems.

Meet our partners... the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) Find out more Meet our partners... the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) Scotland's environment web
October 12, 2017

This is the first in series of blogs about our all-important partners. Scotland’s environment web is the product of an innovative partnership between some of Scotland’s leading environmental organisations. But who are they? Why are they part of the Scotland’s environment collaboration? And what do they get out of it?

This first blog features the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the organisation responsible for managing, maintaining and further developing Scotland’s environment web.

A spotlight on biodiversity Find out more A spotlight on biodiversity Scotland's environment web
October 11, 2017

A spotlight on Scotland’s Biodiversity is the title of the two-day conference at the Royal Society of Edinburgh running yesterday and today – and that’s what we’ll be doing in our blog over the coming month; shining a spotlight on biodiversity in Scotland.

Transforming waste data in Scotland: a new strategy is launched Find out more Transforming waste data in Scotland: a new strategy is launched Gillian Flint, SEPA's Data Unit
October 09, 2017

Today marks the launch of A strategy for improving waste data in Scotland, a partnership document written by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Government, in consultation with a range of stakeholders.

Welcome to our new website: environment.gov.scot Find out more Welcome to our new website: environment.gov.scot Scotland's environment web
October 05, 2017

The Scotland’s environment web team has been working hard over the past year to find out what you – our users ­– would like from Scotland’s leading environmental information and data portal. Following lots of discussions, testing, redesign and further testing, we’re pleased to bring you our new website.

 

 

 

High resolution mapping and new discoveries at Rockall Find out more High resolution mapping and new discoveries at Rockall Marine Scotland
July 26, 2017

When you think of rocks, the chances are you’ll start picturing a rugged landscape with mountains and rocky outcrops. You might picture climbers, scaling great heights with ropes. Or walkers, scrambling over a ridge. You’ll most definitely be picturing something on dry land.

Exploring our landscape with Where's Willie? Find out more Exploring our landscape with Where's Willie? Willie Towers for Scotland's environment web
July 12, 2017

In Willie's latest blog, he shares with us his passion for the Scottish landscape and the important role he believes rocks and landforms have played in shaping who we are today.

GeoGaming: BGS data meets Minecraft Find out more GeoGaming: BGS data meets Minecraft Steven Richardson, British Geological Survey
July 05, 2017

With over 180 years of geological knowledge and experience, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has combined its extensive subsurface data with modern videogame technologies to create an innovative and engaging new way to explore the ground beneath our feet. Steven Richardson from BGS explains more about this exciting project.

Scotland rocks: learn more about the geology that shapes our landscape Find out more Scotland rocks: learn more about the geology that shapes our landscape Scotland's environment web
June 30, 2017

Created by natural processes over the last 3 billion years, Scotland’s rocks and landforms (our geology and geomorphology) not only help us to understand how the Earth evolved, they also play a major role in shaping who we are and how we live; providing the foundation of our biodiversity, scenery, and cultural heritage.

"My soil is the best in Scotland! Do I win a prize?"... well maybe you could Find out more "My soil is the best in Scotland! Do I win a prize?"... well maybe you could Ken Loades, The James Hutton Institute
June 22, 2017

Today sees the start of the Royal Highland Show - the four days in June each year that showcases the best of farming, food and rural life. It'll come as no surprise that many bring their prized livestock to be judged in the hope of winning the accolade of 'Best in Show'. But did you know that it's not just livestock under scrutiny from the judges? Soil is also vying to be top. Ken Loades from the James Hutton Institute tells us more...

Our rocks and landforms: the 'great stone book' of Scotland Find out more Our rocks and landforms: the 'great stone book' of Scotland Hugh Barron, British Geological Survey
June 20, 2017

Over the next few weeks we’ll be taking a closer look at the topic rocks and landforms; exploring the exciting projects our partners are working on in this area and looking at the maps, data tools and information available on our website to help you find out more about this fascinating topic. And to get things started, in this first blog we’ve asked Hugh Barron from the British Geological Survey (BGS) to explain more about why rocks and landforms are an important part of Scotland’s environment.

Where's Willie this week? Find out more Where's Willie this week? Scotland's environment web
April 06, 2017
As an Orcadian, my appreciation of trees and their various benefits, or even the fact that they existed as an important component of the countryside, came comparatively late to me.
Scotland's soils: the gateway to soils data & information Find out more Scotland's soils: the gateway to soils data & information Scotland's environment web
April 04, 2017
After a year of user analysis, development and user testing, we are pleased to announce the release of the newly updated website. Changes and improvements have been made in response to users’ needs for improved access to data and information to help day-to-day decision making.
It's all about... our fabulous forests and wonderful woodlands Part 2 Find out more It's all about... our fabulous forests and wonderful woodlands Part 2 Scotland's environment web
March 30, 2017

In this instalment we take a closer look at what the Scotland’s Environment partners are doing to help protect and improve our forests and woodlands, and how you can get involved.

It's all about... fabulous forests and wonderful woodlands - Part 1 Find out more It's all about... fabulous forests and wonderful woodlands - Part 1 Scotland's environment web
March 21, 2017

With 18% of land in Scotland covered by woodland, and our forests contributing significantly to the wellbeing of our economy, wildlife and our own lives, we certainly have good cause to celebrate.

The adventures of 'Where's Willie' continue Find out more The adventures of 'Where's Willie' continue Scotland's environment web
November 10, 2016

This month Willie takes us on a trip to his old stomping grounds of Sutherland and shares his thoughts on the changes he's seen over his career as a soil scientist.

Scotland's soils website needs you! Find out more Scotland's soils website needs you! Scotland's environment web
November 07, 2016
Volunteers needed! We’re looking for your help and feedback on the Scotland’s soils website and would like to invite you to take part in a short usability test.
Introducing the adventures of 'Where's Willie?' Find out more Introducing the adventures of 'Where's Willie?' Scotland's environment web
October 10, 2016
You've probably heard of 'Where's Wally?' - the red and white striped jumper and hat wearing man you have to find in pictures of his adventures. Well we'd like to introduce you to the Scotland's Environment version - 'Where's Willie?' - and ask you to join him on his adventures as he explores our fabulous Scottish Environment in our new blog feature.
A new look for Scotland's soils Find out more A new look for Scotland's soils Scotland's environment web
October 03, 2016
We are pleased to introduce you to the new look Scotland’s soils website. The Scotland’s soils website is part of the Scotland’s environment web family, and provides data and information on Scotland’s soils.
It's all about... our natural health service Find out more It's all about... our natural health service Scotland's environment web
September 29, 2016

When asked how we benefit from Scotland’s environment it’s likely that biodiversity springs to mind; our varied landscape – from coastal shores to mountain tops - and the wide range of plant and animal life it supports.

It's all about... our marine environment Find out more It's all about... our marine environment Scotland's environment web
June 08, 2016

Today is World Oceans Day. All across the globe people have organised events and activities to celebrate and raise awareness of why we need to protect and conserve our oceans, seas and coastal waters.

It's all about... our biodiversity Find out more It's all about... our biodiversity Scotland's environment web
May 19, 2016

Scotland is renowned worldwide as being a place of outstanding natural beauty. We owe that reputation to the diverse range of Scotland’s biodiversity.

It's all about... our historic environment Find out more It's all about... our historic environment Scotland's environment web
April 18, 2016

Mention 'Scotland' and 'history' to anyone and they'll no doubt have images of castles, kilted warriors and Nessie running through their minds. And while these are all notable parts of our heritage, they are by no means all we have to offer.

It's all about... you and science Find out more It's all about... you and science Scotland's environment web
March 07, 2016
Citizen science is about getting everyone, from experts to amateur biologists, school children or enthusiastic beginners, involved in science.
Love is in the air quality... all you need to know for Scotland Find out more Love is in the air quality... all you need to know for Scotland Scotland's environment web
February 09, 2016

Fifty years on from the introduction of the Clean Air Act, air pollution is still one of the biggest environmental threats we face. Over the last few months it seems like air quality has never been out of the news.

It's all about... waste Find out more It's all about... waste Scotland's environment web
January 07, 2016
We all produce it, households and businesses alike. While as a nation we might be starting to reduce the amount we produce and recycle more, waste is still a very real problem facing our environment.
Issue 7 - September 2015 Find out more Issue 7 - September 2015 Scotland's environment web
September 18, 2015

Leading Edge: Putting Scotland in the forefront of information sharing, data visualisation and citizen engagement

Issue 6 - May 2015 Find out more Issue 6 - May 2015 Scotland's environment web
May 11, 2015
Future funding support announced for Scotland’s environment web
Issue 5 - June 2014 Find out more Issue 5 - June 2014 Scotland's environment web
June 13, 2014

Scotland's environment website launched on UN World Environment Day

Issue 4 - October 2013 Find out more Issue 4 - October 2013 Scotland's environment web
October 21, 2013
There have been some big changes to the Scotland’s environment website. We are very pleased to announce the new look design of the homepage.
Issue 3 - May 2013 Find out more Issue 3 - May 2013 Scotland's environment web
May 13, 2013
For the first time, the state of Scotland’s environment is being summarised by a range of expert panels.
Issue 2 - December 2012 Find out more Issue 2 - December 2012 Scotland's environment web
December 20, 2012
Scotland’s Greenspace Map is now available on Scotland's environment web under the 'land' theme on the interactive map
Issue 1 - September 2012 Find out more Issue 1 - September 2012 Scotland's environment web
September 28, 2012
Scotland’s environment web has created a new working partnership between Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Forestry Commission Scotland to develop a new interactive mapping tool on the their website.