Once again, we have reached November, and the end of the survey season. This time, however, November also brings about the end of our Scotland’s Seas blog as it becomes part of an exciting, new look Scotland’s Nature blog.
Throughout the year, we have given you an insight into the varied and interesting survey work that we carry out, and also tried to give a sense of what this work contributes to. For example, our posting on the 28th July – “A big day for marine conservation” – was about the fantastic announcement that 30 Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) were to be designated around Scotland. The protection of these sites will help to ensure the long-term protection of some of Scotland’s most iconic and valuable marine habitats and species.
Our most popular post of 2013, and indeed all time, was the “Loch Sween survey April 2013” blog from May. Lisa gave us a brief introduction to twiglets and hedgehogs…sounds bizarre, but they are actually types of maerl – a hard pink seaweed!
Narrowly missing out on the title of “Most popular post 2014” was one of our guest blogs from SNH ornithologist Simon Foster. “Tystie, tystie, very ,very tystie” gave us a glimpse into the work required to survey one of Scotland’s classiest seabirds, the black guillemot.
We have not only focussed on marine plants and animals, but the geomorphology of Scotland’s underwater landscape. In our most popular posting of 2014, Dr Alistair Rennie took us into the fascinating world of “Ice streams & Multibeams”, and the amazing natural forces at play which have helped to form our incredible marine environment.
During our 2 year journey through Scotland’s Seas, our posts have been viewed nearly 6000 times, and across the globe. Our blog was popular in countries such as the UK, USA, Germany, France and the Netherlands, but more amazing than this, we had hits in Ghana, Mongolia, Myanmar and Peru. In 2014, we experienced a staggering 72% increase in views, and hope that we can continue this with the merging of our blogs to reach a wider audience.
But don’t panic, we are not quite out to sea yet. You can see all of our posts here until January 2015. In the meantime, be sure to sign up to the Scotland’s Nature blog to continue hearing about the rest of our exciting work. So, thank you for reading this blog and we’ll be back, in our new guise, in the new year!