Open Seas: Stories from Scotland’s Seabed

The following article is Part One, from a recent blog series from Open Seas, a charitable organisation which campaigns for sustainable practices in Scottish seas and the marine environment. Scotland’s seas are packed full of amazing life – the basking sharks that migrate to our west coast each summer are the world’s second largest fish, the …

“Albatross” Film Review

Albatross by Sue Weaver COAST and TAP Arran got together to show this stunning film, by Chris Jordan, screened on 23rd June at the Arran High School. The film highlights the lives and deaths of the huge numbers of albatross breeding on Midway Island in the North Pacific. The film maker came to prominence when …

A Report from the Arran Civic Trust

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ON THE ISLE OF ARRAN The Arran Civic Trust has a remit to conserve and promote the built and natural environments on Arran. We note with interest the efforts being made by the Arran Economic Group to develop the island in various ways and strongly support the proposals for more affordable housing with appropriate provision, …

TAP – Arran

An update on TAP Arran, and Albatross film showing Think About Plastics – Arran (TAP) took shape at the Coast screening of A Plastic Voyage in February. A steering group was formed there to help gain Arran Plastic Free Coastline status under Surfers Against Sewage guidelines. This website  gives more information about plastic free status and …

Antimicrobial Resistance

A report from Dr. Sally Campbell “We need to join forces against resistant microbes” – with particular reference to current aquaculture practices The further concern for us all, after microplastics, is the UK rising challenge of antimicrobial resistance, known by AMR, its three-letter abbreviation. It is estimated that over 700,000 people die each year across the …

Arran Geopark

Since the middle of last year a team of rangers and footpath workers have been busy working to realise Arran’s bid to become a UNESCO Global Geopark. The idea was formed in 2016 with some key personnel from the Lochranza Centre CiC, the National Trust, and the Arran Access Trust, along with several leading Scottish …

A No-Plastic Lent, from Isla Blair

How was my no plastic Lent? I would like to say that I did not consume any plastic for the 40 days of Lent (14th February to 29th March), but I cannot. However, the experience has been useful in many ways and the beginning of that has been more awareness of how much plastic is …

Greenpeace Research on Microplastics in Scottish Seas Published

Scientific microplastic survey of Scottish coastal waters confirms contamination The results from Greenpeace’s 2017 ship tour of Scotland have been published at the beginning of March. The scientists on the Greenpeace ship the Beluga utilised a number of different methodologies to gather more data on plastic pollution in Scottish waters than any previously published survey. …

Personal actions to reduce single use plastics…

The Voice has spoken to one Arran resident who has embarked on a personal plastic free journey, A Plastic Free Lent… Isla Blair says “This year, for Lent, I have decided to give up plastic! Whether this shall be possible I don’t know, but I will give more of my non-plastic experiences next month. So …

Arran’s Plastic Free Mission

With the Sunnyside’s school #NaeStrawAtAw Campaign gathering pace, and their Ocean Defenders visiting Arran early on last month, February was a month of action concerning Arran’s plastic free status and the campaigns around it. After the Sunnyside school visit, there was an evening at COAST hosted by Sue Weaver and Deborah Maw, both crew on …