ecology

We have undertaken numerous badger sett surveys and have also completed sett exclusions under licence at several sites. This has included monitoring the sett prior to exclusion, establishing sett residents and activity and preparing for exclusion.

As part of the post-installation monitoring of a hydro-electric scheme near Kylesku, in the north-west Highlands, we have undertaken repeat freshwater macro-invertebrate surveys on behalf of RWE Inogy UK Ltd.

We have undertaken freshwater pearl mussel surveys throughout Scotland under licence. This has included assessments prior to the installation of hydro-electric schemes as well as for major utility companies.

land management

Since 2015 we have completed agri-environment climate scheme (AECS) applications for Orkney Business Ring clients. Over thirty applications have been completed to date and all have been successful in receiving funding.

We were commissioned by Foveran community Council to look at how to improve the experience of seal watching at the Ythan Estuary. The seal haul out was recently given protected status and is now one of the largest congregation of grey seals on mainland Scotland.

We have been engaged by Forward Coupar Angus and Blairgowrie and Rattray Development Trust and Alyth Development Trust to investigate options to develop a cycle network in Strathmore, Perthshire. The aim is to improve safe cycling links between the towns of Aylth, Blairgowrie and Coupar Angus.

We undertook a strategic assessment of Errigal, Donegal's highest and most popular peak to develop proposals for sustainable management of access to the mountain.

Together with cbec eco-engineering, Walking-the-Talk was commissioned by Aberdeen City Council to look at options for a potential wetland area in Seaton Park in Aberdeen.

The paths on Kincorth Hill have been damaged by a series of storms in recent years. Aberdeen City Council has awarded the contract to repair and upgrade the paths to CR Contracting Ltd, with the design and site supervision being done by Walking-the-Talk.

We undertook a feasibility study on behalf of the Staffin Community Trust looking at a number of paths around Staffin, in North East Skye.

Aberdeen's East Tullos Burn in St Fitticks Park has had a major facelift, thanks to funding from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Total and Aberdeen Greenspace.

Outdoor Access

We supported the Boddam and District Community Association in delivering a project to improve core paths around the Strilinghill Quarry near Peterhead. Our role started as path designer but evolved into project manager for the entire scheme. We submitted funding applications, let and supervised the contracts, developed interpretive materials, submitted claims and reported to funders.

We successfully developed a £2.8 million funding proposal for Scottish Natural Heritage and partners to secure the conservation management of freshwater pearl mussel populations in designated sites across the United Kingdom.

Working in partnership with Paul Johnson and Macaulay Scientific Consulting Ltd, we produced a monitoring protocol for assessing the impact of recreational activities on the designated habitats and species within and around the Loch Lomond islands.

We delivered a large scale advisory project for crofters on the Western Isles, which included the provision of 35 management plans and the submission of 20 SRDP applications for crofters in corncrake Special Protection Areas on Lewis and Barra.

We have been part of the team that assesses the impact of the Cairn Gorm funicular railway since 2007. We act as an independent reviewer of environmental and visitor monitoring data collected by Cairngorm Mountain Limited, the company that operates the ski facilities on Cairn Gorm.

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We prepared EU LIFE and Heritage Lottery funding bids to assist with the restoration of the River Afon Teifi in Wales.

We coordinated two schemes for volunteers to help manage paths across the Cairngorms National Park area. The schemes were run via the website OutdoorCairngorms.co.uk

Outdoor Access

We undertook primary research for Scottish Natural Heritage on how to describe paths in a coherent manner. This involved engaging with users and potential users and assessing how to present path information to improve path promotion in Scotland. The research has led to the development of a new path grading system that is now being adopted in Scotland.

Subcategories

Projects that are mainly related to freshwater ecology or catchment management

Projects that are related to stewardship of the land or compliance with agricultural and environmental regulations

Projects that are related to understanding the ecology of an area

Projects that are mainly related to outdoor access or visitor management