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The Coastal Communities Network Newsletter
July 2021

Read on for this month's updates from CCN members, friends and supporters, a call for views, and some exciting new projects.
Loch Sunset

'Gartmore 3' Update

I'm  happy to report that we are expecting the much-rescheduled third coastal communities workshop, ‘Gartmore 3’ to go ahead this year, on Friday 29th to Sunday 31st October 2021, and we’re now working on the arrangements.  With the Covid situation in mind, we’ll be working with a reduced capacity this time – which means that priority will be given to CCN group reps. 

As in 2018, we have (almost) exclusive use of Gartmore House for the weekend, and food and refreshments will be provided, with no cost to attendees (aside from the paid bar in the evenings).  We will be taking into account National restrictions, Government guidelines, FFI policies and attendee wishes as they are in October.

CCN community members have been contacted already and I will be in touch with others soon.  Keep your eyes peeled for the programme - coming soon!

Seawilding newsletter
COAST Snorkel

Call for info for CCN response to consultation

CCN member Dennis Archer is calling for information and views to compose a CCN response to the Scottish Government’s ‘Working to deliver economic transformation’ consultation.  The initiative is seeking to make  ‘a new 10 year National Strategy for Economic Transformation.’ 

"Bold and ambitious, this strategy will drive transformational change by focusing on setting the conditions that will unleash Scotland’s entrepreneurial potential and create the industries of the future. As well as growing our competitive business base, this strategy will support businesses in the transition to net zero and deliver new, good and green jobs across Scotland."

All thoughts and views are appreciated, please do get in touch with Dennis.  The consutlation deadline is 27th August.

Reminder on the annual MASTS/NatureScot call
for student project ideas

A reminder that the annual MASTS/NatureScot call for project ideas to present to MSc students will run again later this year.  This will be opened in the Autumn, with projects presented to students at the end of the year – projects are chosen by the students by February 2022 and carried out over Spring 2022. 

NatureScot will again offer support to any community ideas arising from within CCN – so do start noting down any ideas that come up over the summer season for research that could be carried out by a marine sciences student.  Feel free to get in touch if you'd like to discuss any ideas now.


“SCOTLAND: Choose rewilding” online event
Will Goudy from Seawilding and CCN group CROMACH was on the panel for the Q & A of the The Scottish Rewilding Alliance film 'Choices' which was launched this month – watch the launch event here.
Environmental Standards Scotland

A group of CCN members recently joined a call with a representative from the newly established Environmental Standards Scotland (ESS), to find out how representation can be made to the new body, and to discuss the work they have been doing. 

You can see the notes of the meeting and ESS’ referral template here.  The referral template is the first step in contact with ESS, covering basic questions so they can confirm eligibility, and is not a formal submission of complaint.  Please note that ESS does not yet have formal powers and these are expected to be in place in September 2021.


CCN Advisory Group

The second CCN Advisory Group meeting was held on 22/07, with a full group of 6 members.  You can see the notes of the meeting here.  As always, please do get in touch around any of this.  The next meeting will be arranged around the end of August.

CCN Session: GIS - quick intro to maps and tools

The next CCN virtual session will be on 'GIS - a quick intro to maps and tools' and will be hosted by Andy and Chelsea from FFI's analytics team.  Come along and find out how these tools can be used to present and analyse your data, or to tell a story - here's a great example

You are invited to a Zoom meeting: Aug 26, 2021 02:30 PM

Register in advance for this meeting:  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the meeting link.

Ash Dieback: community survey of Skye & Lochalsh
Ash Dieback disease is now established in Skye & Lochalsh, but where? In the village of Auchtertyre and surrounds, every tree is infected and either dead or likely to die, and we've spotted ash dieback at Isleornsay and Duisdale. But where else?

Skye & Lochalsh Environment Forum (SLEF) intends to find out through a simple community participation survey. Find out more at (Projects).

SLEF are asking members of the Skye & Lochalsh community to look at the ash trees in their area and report their findings to SLEF. They will collate your records and pass them on to the appropriate authorities.

You can download data recording forms at the SLEF website. It's also hoped you will find healthy trees which will have the potential to provide locally sourced seed and genetic material for a future ash restoration scheme.

Highland & Islands Environment Foundation

Don’t forget, the next round of HIEF grant applications is open until 2nd August (9am).  Applications can be made online or via an application form, which can be downloaded from the website

Sally, from HIEF, is very happy to speak with any groups who are considering submitting an application. I’d really encourage anyone who wishes to talk about any ideas to drop Sally a line for a friendly chat:

Countryfile: Illegal Fishing in MPAs

Have you seen the Countryfile piece on illegal fishing in MPAs?  Watch from 08:45 -20:55 and look out for some familiar names and faces!

CoLAB Marine Compass Course

There are still places available on the CoLAB Compass which will be running from September to November this year. See more at

There are 6 spaces left and funding is available. This is an online course designed for a cross-section of professionals who can influence marine and coastal issues at a local, regional, or national level. It is expected that participants will have varied backgrounds and contexts. The aim is for diversity to include a variety of perspectives across the marine and coastal sectors - from multiple types of organisation, contexts, and experiences.

"We expect you will have a strategic role and aspire to spark transformational change across diverse coastal and marine issues. Last but not least, participants must commit to participating in all of the online sessions and contributing constructively to peer group learning”.

The Cairngorms 2030 Project

Projects to preserve the Cairngorms landscape have won a £12.5m share of National Lottery funding. The Cairngorms 2030 project will tackle the climate emergency, protect and enhance biodiversity, and deliver meaningful improvements to people’s health and wellbeing. 

With 45 committed partners, the collective vision is for the Park to become a global exemplar with integrity and heart, where the future is placed in the hands of the people and communities that live, work and visit here. Within the Cairngorms National Park, people and nature will thrive together.

Holding the Ocean

Artist Eve Mosher is working on a project connecting the changes happening in the ocean to climate impacts and activities on land. As part of this project she is interested in speaking with the Coastal Communities Network to hear more about your various activities and experiences.

She will be creating a series of audioscapes that weave together stories with sound effects and music (a short project description is at MASTS Ocean ARTic) that will be shared through an online platform this fall and a travelling exhibition later in the year.

She is asking for 30-60 minutes of your time to have a recorded conversation with her via phone or online, all participants will be credited and will have access to the audioscapes for their own use. Please reach out to her directly at if you are interested in participating!
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The CCN Community Support Fund

The Community Support Fund is a dedicated small grant fund operated by Fauna & Flora International to support member groups of the Coastal Communities Network.  Grants can be sought by Network members for discrete projects, to build the capacity or governance of a group, or to support learning and development.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and there is no deadline - feel free to get in touch to discuss any ideas!
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