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Why ivy is a secret weapon for Edinburgh’s wildlife in winter

To some people ivy has a bad reputation but it could be one of the most important habitats for wildlife in the city. As one of Edinburgh’s few native evergreen plants ivy is an incredibly important plant. Here are a few reasons why and I love it, and why you should too. Food for thought 

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Butterfly Conservation Scotland joins Edinburgh Living Landscape

Butterfly Conservation Scotland (BCS) has joined Edinburgh Living Landscape as an official partner and is now leading the Square Metres for Butterflies project. BCS has been an invaluable unofficial partner for some time. In particular it has been instrumental, along with Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, in initiating the Square Metre for Butterflies project and supporting

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Standard Life Aberdeen creates a square metre for pollinators – by Jackie Swartz-Byrne

Standard Life Aberdeen has become part of the Square Metre for Butterflies project by creating new habitat for pollinators on the roof of their data centre in Edinburgh. This guest blog by Jackie Swartz-Byrne explains their involvement.  Other than those aeronautical curiosities, Bumblebees, I hardly ever see bees, even in the countryside, which is a bit

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Edinburgh Pollinator Pledge featured on Humans of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Living Landscape has teamed up with Humans of Edinburgh to help promote our Pollinator Pledge. The popular Facebook page is featuring a number of people and groups who have taken simple steps to improve the lives of the city’s insects, including creating new wildflower meadows, bug hotels and other pollinator-friendly measures. We want to

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Granton Hub wildflower nursery

A wildflower nursery is being established at the Granton Hub  on an area of derelict vacant land being transformed into a community garden with local volunteers. The Granton Hub is a vibrant community group working with Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh to create a supply of native Scottish wildflowers. These plants are brilliant for pollinators and will

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Wool Carder Bee at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

The wool carder bee (Anthidium manicatum) is one of the most distinctive solitary bees that lives in the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. During July and August, the Demonstration Garden and the Rock Garden are the best places to look for these lively territorial solitary bees. This bee is worth looking out for as it is

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Pollinator Pledge goes to Gardening Scotland

  The Edinburgh Living Landscape team met with gardeners at Gardening Scotland 2017 to promote their new campaign, the #pollinatorpledge and were delighted with the positive response. Gardeners were interested to hear that with over 160,000 gardens in Edinburgh that they could help form part of a massive network for pollinators. Research into urban pollinators shows that

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Butterfly Conservation looking to find UK’s most pollinator-friendly county

Butterfly Conservation is trying to discover which UK county is home to the most butterfly-friendly gardens after it was revealed that butterflies are declining faster in urban areas than in the countryside. The wildlife charity is urging nature lovers and gardeners to take part in their ‘Plant Pots for Pollinators’ campaign and provide nectar sources

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A Square Metre for Butterflies Launched

A pioneering conservation project to create an aerial network of rooftop habitats for Scotland’s butterflies was launched in Edinburgh on 25 November 2016. Glenmorangie’s headquarters along with The Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood are leading the project to provide new homes for Edinburgh’s once elusive butterfly, The Northern Brown Argus, as well as other butterfly

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Urban pollinator study could benefit Edinburgh

  The Trust is commending research which could help Scotland’s capital become a safe haven for pollinators. Researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds and Reading in collaboration with the University of Cardiff studied pollinating insects at urban, farmland and nature reserve sites in 12 UK towns and cities including Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh. It