Our ecologists spend a lot of their time out surveying Scotland’s plants, animals and habitats. To give us an insight in to what they do and the range of biodiversity they encounter on a day-to-day basis, they’ve shared some of their photos in this photo gallery.
Thanks to Mairi Nicolson, Ant Watkins, Judi McDonald, Emma Goodyer, Kate Batchelor and Ruth Watts for the fab photos.
Viola tricolour is a species of plant found on our dune slack monitoring sites at Baleshare, Uist
An great example of Scotland’s stunning biodiversity
This slightly alien looking beastie is a dragonfly larvae which was found in one of our samples
Getting in amongst the vegetation – Mairi Nicolson mid survey.
A dragonfly stops to say hello to our survey team
Balancing on the rocks, Kjersti Birkeland assesses fish barriers on the River Farigaig
A flounder caught in a kick sample while surveying the Glenmore River, Ardnamurchan
Mairi Nicolson amongst a Phragmites australis reedbed on the Insh Marshes downloads important data from a wetland loggers
A mystery egg found while surveying on the Insh Marshes. Can you guess the bird?
While taking a well earned tea-break, the team spotted this red squirrel pinching nuts at Inshriach
Mairi Nicolson carrying out a macrophyte survey at Loch Duntelchaig using a bathyscope
What a pair of beauties! Ant Watkins with a perch caught during a fish survey on Loch Ussie
Lots of spotty brown trout found during fish surveys on Abhainn Srath Coir an Easaidh
Sssssssomeone’s watching ussss! Ant Watkins spotted this adder while at a survey site on Quoich water, Deeside.
Kitted out for summer surveys in the Highlands
Intact blanket bog in Cairngorms National Park showing the beautiful rich colours of the bog mosses.
Menyanthes trifoliata (Bog bean) is a common plant in wetland pools. Look out for it flowering from late April onwards.