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.
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!
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).
Giving Gaelic names to some of Scotland’s newly arrived nature is at the heart of a unique partnership project, supported by NatureScot and Bòrd na Gàidhlig. Read more in this post From The Bird’s Mouth in Scotland’s Nature blog.
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