17thOctober 2023

Yarrow’s Achilles’ heel

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This Scottish Pollinators post (13 October 2023) shares interesting facts about yarrow. A popular plant with pollinators, yarrow also has medicinal uses, a myriad of local names, and a rich cultural history in ancient Greek, and Gaelic legend.

10thMay 2022

Bird and flower of the Beltane

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The marsh marigold and the whimbrel have Gaelic names with links to this time of the Beltane.  This post in Scotland’s Nature (3 May 2022) describes how both species provide a reminder of the close links between Gaelic culture and the Scottish seasons. This post is also available in Gaelic.

13thApril 2022

Wallabies to damselflies: Scotland’s newest animals get Gaelic names

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This article in The Guardian (2 April 2022) describes how species moving north into Scotland as our climate heats, along with more recent introductions, have been given Gaelic names.  For example, the leathery sea squirt is now spùtachan-mara leatharach, for leathery little squirting creature of the sea!

7thDecember 2021

A Gaelic Advent calendar

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Plantlife Scotland share news of their project to bring life back to wild plant names and their uses and folklore. Check out their post Celebrating Scotland’s Natural Heritage with 25 Wild Plants: A Gaelic Advent Calendar 2021 (23 November 2021).