High resolution mapping and new discoveries at Rockall – the OFFCON Project Find out more High resolution mapping and new discoveries at Rockall – the OFFCON Project Marine Scotland
July 26, 2017

When you think of rocks, the chances are you’ll start picturing a rugged landscape with mountains and rocky outcrops. You might picture climbers, scaling great heights with ropes. Or walkers, scrambling over a ridge. You’ll most definitely be picturing something on dry land. But there’s a whole world of rocks and ‘landforms’ hidden beneath the waves, shaping the ocean floor and providing valuable habitats for marine life. We asked Marine Scotland to tell us about one of their research projects – OFFCON – that aims to map the seafloor in an area to the west of Scotland.

Exploring our landscape with Where's Willie? Find out more Exploring our landscape with Where's Willie? Willie Towers for Scotland's environment web
July 12, 2017

In Willie's latest blog, he shares with us his passion for the Scottish landscape and the important role he believes rocks and landforms have played in shaping who we are today.

GeoGaming: BGS data meets Minecraft Find out more GeoGaming: BGS data meets Minecraft Steven Richardson, British Geological Survey
July 05, 2017

With over 180 years of geological knowledge and experience, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has combined its extensive subsurface data with modern videogame technologies to create an innovative and engaging new way to explore the ground beneath our feet. Steven Richardson from BGS explains more about this exciting project.

Scotland rocks: learn more about the geology that shapes our landscape Find out more Scotland rocks: learn more about the geology that shapes our landscape Scotland's environment web
June 30, 2017
Created by natural processes over the last 3 billion years, Scotland’s rocks and landforms (our geology and geomorphology) not only help us to understand how the Earth evolved, they also play a major role in shaping who we are and how we live; providing the foundation of our biodiversity, scenery, and cultural heritage.
"My soil is the best in Scotland! Do I win a prize?"... well maybe you could Find out more "My soil is the best in Scotland! Do I win a prize?"... well maybe you could Ken Loades, The James Hutton Institute
June 22, 2017
Today sees the start of the Royal Highland Show - the four days in June each year that showcases the best of farming, food and rural life. It'll come as no surprise that many bring their prized livestock to be judged in the hope of winning the accolade of 'Best in Show'. But did you know that it's not just livestock under scrutiny from the judges? Soil is also vying to be top. Ken Loades from the James Hutton Institute tells us more...
Our rocks and landforms: the 'great stone book' of Scotland Find out more Our rocks and landforms: the 'great stone book' of Scotland Hugh Barron, British Geological Survey
June 20, 2017
Over the next few weeks we’ll be taking a closer look at the topic rocks and landforms; exploring the exciting projects our partners are working on in this area and looking at the maps, data tools and information available on our website to help you find out more about this fascinating topic. And to get things started, in this first blog we’ve asked Hugh Barron from the British Geological Survey (BGS) to explain more about why rocks and landforms are an important part of Scotland’s environment.
Where's Willie this week? Find out more Where's Willie this week? Scotland's environment web
April 06, 2017
As an Orcadian, my appreciation of trees and their various benefits, or even the fact that they existed as an important component of the countryside, came comparatively late to me.
Scotland's soils: the gateway to soils data & information Find out more Scotland's soils: the gateway to soils data & information Scotland's environment web
April 04, 2017
After a year of user analysis, development and user testing, we are pleased to announce the release of the newly updated website. Changes and improvements have been made in response to users’ needs for improved access to data and information to help day-to-day decision making.
It's all about... our fabulous forests and wonderful woodlands Part 2 Find out more It's all about... our fabulous forests and wonderful woodlands Part 2 Scotland's environment web
March 30, 2017
In this instalment we take a closer look at what the Scotland’s Environment partners are doing to help protect and improve our forests and woodlands, and how you can get involved.