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Bitten by ants

Bitten by Ants

Jonny Hughes, SWT’s Director of Conservation, decided what to do with the rest of his life when he was just 10 years old. He still remembers the exact moment, standing in a stretch of ancient woodland by the river Lyon in Highland Perthshire thirty odd years ago. He was with Cedric Collingwood, a family friend and renowned ant expert. At their feet was a mound of earth and pine needles, crawling with industrious ants.

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Gentle warriors

Gentle Warriors

Marco is one of a growing number of SWT members who are taking a more active role in defending their local wildlife from insensitive developments. It could be a local watercourse that risks being polluted, or a meadow of rare orchids to be dug up for a housing development. Sometimes it can come down to a single hedge that, if removed, will take away birdsong from someone’s life.

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Bring back the wild things

Bringing Back the Wild Things

Dusk is fast approaching in Argyll’s Knapdale forest. While a thin light still ripples across the surface of loch Coillie Bhorr, darkness is spreading though the woodland of birch, alder and willow. The path that I am following through these trees skirts a flooded area of gnawed stumps to reach a clearing with a deep, circular pool. At the far end is their ‘lodge’, a grand name for the large pile of branches that is home to a family of beavers.

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A Lifetime Fighting Wildlife Crime

Alan Stewart seems oddly out of place in Perth’s main police station, an unassuming man in his early sixties in jeans and a baggy jumper. It only when he answers his mobile phone to discuss his latest case in urgent tones that I realize that this man’s mild manners belies a steely law enforcer. I overhear him discussing the illegal collection of hundreds of fresh water mussels from a Perthshire river before he hangs up, shaking his head.

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The Isle of Eigg’s Silent Revolution

The islanders are in the middle of a second, green revolution. The signs were everywhere. An electric milk van picked up the luggage from the ferry to shuttle it to the old laird’s house, now being converted into the Earth Connections Sustainability Centre. Four wind turbines help deliver renewable energy to the entire island on the high ground behind.

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