News & Events

Discovering our Natural Heritage
Biological Recording in 2017

This is our first published report and it reflects the hard work and enthusiasm of the resident naturalists, the generosity of the visiting naturalists in sharing their observations and the interest of the local community in their natural environment. Robin Sutton has compiled a beautifully illustrated review and summary of the biological records submitted to OHBR in 2017. It is much more than a statistical summary; maps showing the extent of the survey work, from the Butt of Lewis to Barra and Vatersay, accompany sections on the animals, plants and fungi, describing the great diversity of species that have been recorded. There is everything from whales to jellyfish and orchids to seaweeds.

In a relatively short period of time OHBR has increased our knowledge about the biodiversity and the distribution of the wildlife throughout the islands. There is, however, a great deal more to discover and some of the gaps in our knowledge are highlighted in this report. There is plenty of scope of more people to get involved, biological recording is not just for experts - some of the most interesting discoveries have been made by members of the community walking on the beach. We are as interested in the observations of common, easily recognisable species as those which may be rare or difficult to identify.

For anyone with an interest in the natural world Discovering our Natural Heritage provides an insight into the fascinating and diverse nature of the Outer Hebrides. OHBR is committed to making the information we collect accessible and available to everyone, therefore this publication is available to read on-line and to download from the publications page of this website.

Discovering our Natural Heritage
Biological Recording in 2017


OHBR Wildlife Leaflets

We have produced a new leaflet on the Common Moths of the Outer Hebrides,
which will shortly be available from local libraries, museums and some local cafes etc.
Copies can also be down-loaded from the publications page.

The leaflet on dragonflies and damselflies has been revised and the new version is also available to down-load.

OHBR moths leaflet


Curracag Membership

If you do not pay your membership subscription by Direct Debit, please may we remind you that your subscription for 2019 is now due

You will find full details of how to pay on the Curracag website

Your subscription includes:

  • The Hebridean Naturalist
  • Discount on Special Issues of the Hebridean Naturalist
  • Free or discounted admission price for all talks and workshops

Curracag, the Outer Hebrides Natural History Society encourages the study, recording and enjoyment of the wildlife of the islands of the Outer Hebrides.

Whatever your level of knowledge or expertise, wherever you live, you are welcome to join us

Hebridean Naturalist 18

The 2018 journal of Curracag the Outer Hebrides Natural History Society.
Edited by Chris Johnson.

Articles in this issue include:-

  • Sea-slugs of the Western Isles
  • A quest for pollinators on the Uists and Benbecula
  • The Emerald Damselfly
  • How long do inter-tidal species persist in rock pools?

Published in November 2018. 101pp.

Price is £7.50 plus P&P (journal is free to fully paid up members).
Please visit the Curracag website for further information.

Volume 17 and some of the earlier issues of the Hebridean Naturalist and the Flora of St Kilda are also available for purchase from the website.

You can see the contents of all the issues of the Hebridean Naturalist on the Outer Hebrides Natural History Bibliography website.