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 …

Beaver Lake Cree Bring the Power of the Sun to Tar Sands Ground Zero

By Ana Simeon – Campaigns Director, RAVEN When you live in the middle of the biggest sacrifice zone on Earth, how do you keep up your spirit? When the plants and animals that sustained your community are gone, how do you pass on land-based cultural teachings to the next generation? The Beaver Lake Cree have …

A Plastic Voyage Film Evening and Discussion: A Plastic Free Island?

A Plastic Voyage The story of the voyage of the Sea Dragon as she circumnavigated the UK, into Lamlash Bay and beyond, in August 2017. COAST film evening, Friday 9th February at the Old Pavilion, Lamlash, 7.00 pm Sue Weaver and Deborah Maw, members of the all-female crew researching the presence of ocean plastics, will …

Cheap renewables undercut nuclear power

Cheap renewables undercut nuclear power by Paul Brown of the Climate News Network The technology advances and plunging costs of cheap renewables make base load nuclear power redundant, and cheap renewables are mounting a serious challenge to nuclear power, which in 2017 has had a difficult year. Key projects have been abandoned, costs are rising, …

Arran Community Land Initiative

Happy Christmas and all the best for 2018! A big thanks to everyone who has supported the Community Land in Whiting Bay this year including our trustees, staff, partners, members of the community and funders. We have made huge progress on site with infrastructure and growing projects and involved over 1000 people since April in …

How islands force us to face plastic

How islands force us to face plastic I recently heard from a friend staying on Eigg to write up her PhD and she asked me an interesting question about how we handle our plastic waste here on Arran. On Eigg, she’s meeting the people who organise the beach cleans and hearing of their frustration at …

Lamlash Fish Farm: A Message from COAST

Thanks to everyone who attended the COAST public meetings where we discussed and explored our community’s opinions on the Scottish Salmon Company’s (SSC) proposal to double the production of salmon in the waters of Lamlash Bay and potential development at other sites. As promised, we’d like to share with you: How you can help A …

Bird Ringing at Brodick Castle

On the 25th of November licensed ringer Terry Southall and his colleagues held a bird-ringing workshop at the Ranger Centre at the Castle, for members of the Arran Natural History Society. Over the space of about three hours Terry and colleagues caught upwards of sixty birds in the special mist nets they had erected. Each …