Scottish Highlands, unique wildlife


This 12 November 2012 video says about itself:

The Unique Wildlife of The Scottish Highlands | Short Film Showcase

Be transported to the frozen tundra of Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park in this stunning short by filmmaker Max Smith. Watch reindeer forage for food and mountain hares seemingly vanish into a snowy backdrop. The Sense of Place series offers an intimate view of the most wild and remote habitats still left in the U.K, aiming to show the true value of these rare and fragile ecosystems.

Featuring ptarmigans and a snow bunting.

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Siberian rubythroat on Fair Isle, Scotland


Siberian rubythroats are very rare in western Europe.

Young golden eagles freed in Scotland


This 21 August 2018 video says about itself:

Golden eagles have been released in the south of Scotland as part of a £1.3 million project to boost the iconic raptors in an area where there numbers are at a historic low. Three chicks were transported from eyries in the Highlands to a secret location in the Moffat Hills.

The South of Scotland Eagle Project is now calling on volunteers to support project staff, and the Scottish Raptor Study Group, in monitoring sightings of the birds.

By Conrad Landin in Scotland:

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Golden eagle chicks successfully released into the Scottish wild

GOLDEN eagle chicks have been successfully released into the wild in southern Scotland in the first of a “ground-breaking” series of relocations.

Three of the young birds of prey, named Edward, Beaky and Emily by primary school pupils, have been moved from the Highlands to a secret location.

The £1.3 million project is part of efforts to increase the number of golden eagles in the Southern Uplands, where they have become rare.

South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project chairman Mark Oddy said: “Arguably Scotland’s most iconic bird, in recent decades, the south Scotland golden eagle population has been small and fragmented.

“We want to give it a helping hand to overcome problems in the past which have limited the size and viability of the population.”

The golden eagle is the second-largest bird in Britain, beaten only by the white-tailed or sea eagle.

Scottish neonazi bomb terrorist convicted


Explosives found at nazi Peter Morgan's house

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Scottish neonazi caught preparing bomb jailed for 12 years

FAR-RIGHT extremist Peter Morgan, who was caught preparing a bomb with the potential to cause “horrific” injuries, was jailed for 12 years today.

The 35-year-old had already started to assemble the explosive device when he was caught with bomb-making equipment and manuals at his Edinburgh home.

He had also been collecting neonazi, anti-Muslim, anti-semitic and racist material over a five-year period.

Prosecutors said police found explosive substances, propellants, containers, a model rocket initiator and a large quantity of fireworks at Mr Morgan’s home.

A forensic examination of his computer also revealed that he had been downloading bomb manuals, information on how to remove DNA from a dead body and the best way to dispose of a dead body.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Boyd said yesterday that Mr Morgan had been convicted of offences that “threaten the safety of the public, our values as a democracy and strike at the dignity and respect which all members of our community are entitled to expect whatever their race or religion.”

Scotland: Teen jailed for racially aggravated knife attack on Syrian refugee: here.

British Serco mercenaries, Conservatives against refugees


This video from Scotland says about itself:

30 July 2018

Sajid Javid urged to halt Serco eviction of Glasgow asylum seekers.

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, is being urged to intervene to stop a housing provider from locking hundred of asylum seekers out of their homes, leaving them destitute. Glasgow city council and MPs expressed “deep concern” that an imminent mass eviction of asylum seekers by Serco would trigger a humanitarian crisis in the city. Serco, a private firm which houses thousands of asylum seekers in Glasgow, says it will start evicting more than 300 people.

By Conrad Landin in Scotland:

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Glaswegians rally to protest against ‘mass eviction’ of refugees by Serco

HUNDREDS of Glaswegians rallied last night in protest at the “mass eviction” of refugees by Serco.

The outsourcing giant has provoked a wave of outcry by proposing to change the locks on the front doors of 300 refugees’ homes in Glasgow who have been refused asylum in Britain.

Serco, which provides asylum-seeker housing under a public contract, announced at the weekend that it would “be commencing with the issuing of lock-change notices” from Monday.

Serco said it was “considering” halting the plan, but SNP, Greens and Labour politicans have all co-signed a letter calling on Home Secretary Sajid Javid to intervene. They argued that that evictions would cause a “humanitarian crisis” on the streets of Scotland’s largest city.

Yesterday housing associations and homelessness charity Shelter joined the condemnation.

Homelessness is a damaging and horrific experience for anyone to face and it is something that should never be wilfully forced on our fellow human beings, particularly those that have come to Scotland seeking a new life and support”, Shelter Scotland director Graeme Brown said. “This is a tragic and deplorable situation.

“We call on the Home Office and Serco to immediately cease this course of action and remember that these are people’s homes and lives that are being treated with such contempt.”

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations chief executive Sally Thomas said: “We are concerned now that Serco is in danger of putting profit before people, failing to work within the spirit of the law and letting down vulnerable households in the support and inadequate time they need to make alternative housing arrangements.

Serco leases many of the homes they provide to asylum-seekers from housing associations in Glasgow. Speaking on behalf of members, we would be concerned if even lawful evictions were done in such a way that was inhumane and put vulnerable households on the streets, without support.”

Scotland’s Living Rent tenants’ union said the evictions could be resisted through a mass programme of community engagement.

“As a tenants’ union, we will not allow this brutal attack by Serco on some of the most vulnerable people in our city to become just another episode in the shameful history of housing in Glasgow”, Craig Paterson said.

“Our position as a union is clear. We are against all evictions, we are against homelessness, we are against the victimisation and intimidation of tenants by those who hold power, wealth and property in their hands.”

The Campaign for Socialism, a left-wing group which works within Scottish Labour, is holding a public meeting to rally support against the evictions tonight at 7pm at John Smith House, 145-165 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 4RE.

Protester demands the Serco-run Yarl’s Wood detention centre is shut down – Serco are now evicting hundreds of asylum seekers

THREE hundred asylum seekers are threatened with eviction by private company Serco. It has already begun to change the locks, throwing them onto the streets of Glasgow. Serco, which houses thousands of asylum seekers in Glasgow, issued the first six ‘lock change’ notices on Monday, giving residents just seven days’ notice to leave the properties: here.

Scotland: Protests force Serco to halt asylum seeker evictions: here.

By Sam Tobin in England:

A PALESTINIAN man fighting deportation to Gaza had his latest legal challenge upheld by the Court of Appeal today.

The 34-year-old, known as MI, said the upper tribunal that rejected his previous appeal had not properly considered the effect of deportation on his heavily pregnant wife, who suffers from depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The tribunal heard medical evidence that MI’s wife’s condition had worsened due to the stress of the appeal and the threat of deportation.

MI also spoke of the difficulties his family faced in “re-establishing themselves following a two-year absence from Gaza” following Israeli military operations in July and August 2014. He said his own home had been destroyed, which had forced his family “to move to a small house without electricity or clean water.”

Manjit Gill QC, for MI, told the court that, if deported, MI and his wife “would either be returning to Gaza with a very young baby or perhaps [his wife would be] giving birth on return to a child who would have to suffer the deprived conditions in Gaza.”

The court also heard MI’s family members living in Gaza have had “difficulties with Hamas”, in part because of his father and sister’s role working in Fatah’s intelligence services.

Lord Justice Flaux ruled that the tribunal “failed to have proper regard to … the evidence as to the seriously worsened position after the Israeli military operation in 2014” and remitted the case back to the tribunal.

Permission to appeal against the decision to the Supreme Court was refused.

Home Office ‘misled’ High Court over child refugees, by Sam Tobin at the Court of Appeal.