Botanic Lights 2015 – Seasons In Colour

‘As darkness descends, follow a magical trail of light through the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and experience four seasons in just one night’.

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Lothian Animal Life

After previously looking at local plant life, Anthony Poulton-Smith examines the etymology of fauna in the Lothian region:

The best-known and most easily recognised animal is the fox. Minor changes in pronunciation can be traced back through time in Saxon vohs, Proto-Germanic fuh, all the way back to Proto-Indo-European puk meaning ‘tail’.

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A Rose By Any Other Name

Anthony Poulton-Smith considers Lothian Floral Etymologies…

Ever since the ice sheets receded at the end of the last ice age our islands have been home to a rich variety of flora. Whenever we travel through the countryside, walk in the park, or even just look out of our windows, it is the plant life which turns a landscape into a view.

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Wonderful Williamston Wood

Devils Ditch and Wonderful Williamston Wood have been chosen by local children as names for two woods in Livingston cared for by the Woodland Trust Scotland.

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Further Collaboration on Research at Edinburgh

Two leading institutions which have worked closely on attempts to produce Britain’s first panda cub have strengthened their relationship at a ceremony in Edinburgh. The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) and the University of Edinburgh signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding to encourage further collaboration on a range of research projects and RZSS activities.

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Water is My Life

As Greek mythology would have it, the water of Lethe was one of the rivers of the underworld: the river of forgetfulness. It flowed through the lair of Hypnos, god of sleep, where its calm, murmuring waters would induce drowsiness, make travellers forget the troubles of their past . . . Read the rest of this entry »

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