The power of ‘what if?’

“If there was ever a time for fresh thinking, for being bold, for being visionary and imaginative – for reimagining everything – this is it. So let’s get together and reshape the world.” Rob Hopkins, author and co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and the Transition Network Following on from his recent book, ‘From What Is …

Join the Arran Natural History Society’s March online talk

“The world came to a halt” is a phrase that is often used when we look back on the beginning of 2020, but there’s comfort to be found in the fact that, actually, it didn’t. Our usual routines may have been put on hold, but wildlife was carrying on as normal – and people noticed …

The Dasgupta Review – why we must all be naturalists now

By Dougie Peedle, Head of Policy at the Scottish Wildlife Trust, published on 9th February on the Scottish Wildlife Trust website Featured image shows Talisker Bay, Isle of Skye, credit: Mark Hamblin Last month saw the long-awaited publication of the Dasgupta Review, a report which was striking in both the simplicity and significance of its …

Arran’s first online farmers market

Arran Eco Savvy and Arran ‘s Food Journey are excited to support the first online farmers market on Saturday 6th March! The market will showcase some of the islands fantastic producers providing an opportunity to learn more about these businesses and their wonderful products! Eco Savvy say, “Next Saturday 6th March we have teamed up …

Crown Estate Scotland (CES)

Crown Estate Scotland – What is it? Environmental responsibilities? What about the marine environment? INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR PUBLIC BODY “Crown Estate Scotland is a public corporation established in 2017 and governed by the Scottish Crown Estate Act 2019. Its purpose is investing in property, natural resources and people to generate lasting value for Scotland. …

Share your West Coast Stories

“The Coast that Shaped the World” is a new, three-year project that is being led by the University of the Highlands and Islands, funded by NatureScot’s Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund with match funding from UHI and Calmac. This project will honour the diverse geography of the area and the cultural impact the coastline has …

Keeping Dementia at Bay

A report by Patricia Gibson, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran Almost 80,000 people in Scotland are living with dementia today, a number set to double by 2050. Caring for a loved one with dementia can be very challenging. Watching someone we care about make the slow descent from the person they used to be …

Doug Scott obituary

Doug Scott – Obituary 29 May 1941 – 7 December 2020 By Alice Maxwell Doug Scott, one of the world’s most famous mountaineers, died in December 2020 aged 79. He conquered most of the world’s great climbing destinations and often climbed alongside Chris Bonington, Joe Talisker and Dougal Haston, as well as the two climbers …

New woodland and wader scrapes

News from the Arran Community Land Initiative February 2021 The challenges of living with a pandemic has affected us all deeply. The trustees have had to consider what we can contribute to the island effort, however small. We also need to prioritise, given the limited resources we have. Maintaining and improving the site for educational …

Savvy Film Club – The Troublemaker

On Tuesday 9th March at 7pm Eco Savvy will be holding an online film screening of The Troublemaker. The film will be followed by a Q&A session on Zoom with the film’s Director and a representative from Extinction Rebellion (XR). The film (57 mins) follows Extinction Rebellion co-founder, Roger Hallam, who explains his beginnings as …