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 …

COAST News

COAST is on the move! Our new address is: Old Pavilion, Lamlash, Isle of Arran, KA27 8LS Pop by and say hello next time you are passing! Coastal Communities Network NEW website COAST is excited and proud to be part of this fantastic network of coastal communities accross Scotland who are all working hard to …

Debate on the Marine Environment – Patricia Gibson MP

Debate on the Marine Environment On November 14th I participated in a debate on the Marine Environment in Westminster. Whilst progress has been made in this with the ban on microbeads and the introduction of Marine Protected Areas, there are still challenges. We must use our seas sustainably, protecting vulnerable marine habitats, and look after …

Salmon farming, disease and contamination in Scottish sea lochs

by Dr Sally Campbell The history of this industrialised farming of the sea started as small units run by local businesses. Gradually competition and overproduction resulted in buy-outs by larger companies so that today the industry is run by multinationals. It is a similar story to chickens, egg production and other intensive food sectors, which …

Kildonan beach benefits from a ‘pick-me-up’.

Like many beaches on Arran and elsewhere Kildonan beach suffers from large amounts of litter – the majority of which are plastic. It is a staggering fact that not a single piece of plastic that has been made has fully degraded in the environment. Each and every piece of plastic will remain in the environment …

Demand for Green Energy is highest in Scotland

Over two thirds (67%) of Scots would switch to a Green Energy provider if given the chance The majority (72%) of Scots would be happy to pay more for energy if their tariff was renewably sourced However, price remains the priority for 79% of Scottish people Scotland is the UK’s most environmentally conscious region as …

Worse Climate Change in the Offing

Worse climate change in the offing The prospect of the Earth overheating dangerously has come closer, with scientists warning that worse climate change will soon affect the planet, according to Alex Kirby of the Climate News Network. The world has been given a stark warning by some of its leading scientists: there is much worse …

And finally

The respected scientific journal Bioscience has in its November issue published a letter signed by 15,364 scientist signatories from 184 countries, headed “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice“. 25 years ago concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that “a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and …