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Ro Scott


roscottI’m an ecologist by training and a naturalist by inclination. What fascinates me most is the relationship between the physical factors of the environment – geology, climate, altitude, aspect – and the distribution of plants and their associated animal species. During more than 35 years of working in the Highlands, initially in the statutory nature conservation sector (NCC/NCCS/SNH) and latterly as a self-employed ecological survey contractor, I have become increasingly interested in the role of human beings in the evolution of Highland landscapes. Consequently, after taking early retirement from SNH in 2008 I undertook an online Masters in ‘Landscape, Environment and History’.
Having fallen in love with the west coast of Scotland on a sailing holiday with university friends in 1972, I realised that this was where I wanted to live and work. Although now exiled on the east coast, I head west whenever I can. Living near Cromarty, reminders of Hugh Miller and his work are all around.
The combination of the west coast, sailing a historic vessel, and the Hugh Miller connection made participation in this voyage irresistible! I hope to learn a lot from the other participants, enjoy some good ceilidh-ing and maybe share some of my enthusiasm for the landscapes and wildlife of this beautiful corner of the planet.


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