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Monitoring and Evaluating the Edinburgh Nature Network

Nature networks are growing in stature across Scotland within environmental planning. The Scottish Government’s National Planning Framework 4 points to nature networks as a key tool to driving positive outcomes for biodiversity, and it outlines the requirement for all local authorities to facilitate the creation of nature networks as part of their environmental policy. In

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The Future of Edinburgh’s Greenspaces

This is the sixth in a series of blog posts on Edinburgh’s greenspaces, by postgraduate student, Jamie McDermaid. Jamie is studying Environment, Culture, and Communication at the University of Glasgow – with a particular interest in urban nature.This blog post discusses the future of Edinburgh’s greenspaces, evaluating concepts such as greenbelts, ‘edgelands’, and green infrastructure

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Greenspace and People in Edinburgh

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts on Edinburgh’s greenspaces, by postgraduate student, Jamie McDermaid. Jamie is studying Environment, Culture, and Communication at the University of Glasgow – with a particular interest in urban nature. This blog covers a video recently published by Edinburgh Living Landscape featuring interviews with Edinburgh residents. The

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Edinburgh’s Present Greenspace

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts on Edinburgh’s greenspaces, by postgraduate student, Jamie McDermaid. Jamie is studying Environment, Culture, and Communication at the University of Glasgow – with a particular interest in urban nature. This post looks at what greenspace is and how much Edinburgh has. It also discusses the benefits

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Edinburgh’s Urban Wildlife Reserves

This is the third in a series of blog posts on Edinburgh’s greenspaces, by postgraduate student, Jamie McDermaid. Jamie is studying Environment, Culture, and Communication at the University of Glasgow – with a particular interest in urban nature. This post looks at both Johnston Terrace Garden Wildlife Reserve and Bawsinch & Duddingston Wildlife Reserve –

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The History of Edinburgh’s Greenspace (Pt. 2)

This is the second in a series of blog posts on Edinburgh’s greenspaces, by postgraduate student, Jamie McDermaid. Jamie is studying Environment, Culture, and Communication at the University of Glasgow – with a particular interest in urban nature. This blog looks at how an intense period of development affected further urban expansion in the 1900s,

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The History of Edinburgh’s Greenspace (Pt. 1)

This is the first in a series of blog posts on Edinburgh’s greenspaces, by postgraduate student, Jamie McDermaid. Jamie is studying Environment, Culture, and Communication at the University of Glasgow – with a particular interest in urban nature. This blog post looks at the history of Edinburgh’s urban development from the late 1700s to early

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Greener, healthier cities are within our reach

The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s new publication Living Cities: towards ecological urbanism outlines the principles of ecological urbanism. It proposes 20 practical recommendations for embedding nature in the urban environment, which will be explored in detail over the next year. In this introductory blog, the Trust’s Chief Executive Jonny Hughes explains the challenge, and demonstrates why