Bob Tevendale (Historic Scotland's Natural Heritage Advisor) explores the wildlife, plants and landscapes of Scotland's historic sites.

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    Protected historic sites – a haven for wildlife!

    A carpet of Bluebells growing in the historic woodlands surrounding Caerlaverock Castle.

  • Picture of mute swans on Linlithgow Loch

    Protected historic sites – a haven for wildlife!

    Mute swans on Linlithgow Loch managed by Historic Scotland.

  • picture of a great yellow bumblebee

    Protected historic sites – a haven for wildlife!

    The rare great yellow bumblebee found only in the North of Scotland pictured here feeding on bird’s-foot-trefoil at the Ring of Brodgar.

  • Fowl is fare

    24 December, 2013

    Well it’s Christmas Eve and I hope this blog finds you all well. I am just finishing up clearing my desk before heading off. There was good news recently for bird lovers: the successful breeding of the crane in Scotland …

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    Rule of Thumb

    19 December, 2013

    This is blog number 50 from me (although there have been one or two posts from colleagues along the way!) so that’s a wee celebration for me. But it also coincides with Historic Scotland becoming the 50th signatory to Scotland’s …

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    Yule Do

    12 December, 2013

    With Christmas coming up, we’ve just put up the office Christmas tree. But why a tree? And what about the Yule log, the holly and the mistletoe? What is the fascination with trees at Christmas? Like Christmas itself, these symbolic …

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    The big sleep

    05 December, 2013

    As the cold weather closes in, some of Historic Scotland’s properties in care become home to winter visitors. They include bats. The location of their hibernation sites is something of a mystery, but bat roosts have been identified at the …

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    A saint worth his saltire

    28 November, 2013

    This week took me to the windswept shores of St Andrews in Fife – a coincidence, given that this weekend is St Andrew’s Day. One of the Twelve Disciples, St Andrew is believed to have been crucified by the Romans …

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