• April 12, 2019

    Keeping our coastline clean! – Highland Park

    Thanks to support from Highland Park, Orkney is set to become the first Scottish island to be photographed from the air in a project that will help local communities tackle the global problem of coastal litter.

    Helen Houston said “As chairman of the Moray Firth Partnership, I am really chuffed that this new partnership with the world renowned Highland Park was confirmed in Orkney this week.  The MFP SCRAPbook team is now looking forward to working with the Highland Park team to engage with the community to enable the clean up of the coast around the Orkney Islands after the Sky Watch pilots have finished photo mapping the coastline.”

    See full article here 

  • April 8, 2019

    New office, new staff

    We’ve moved!

    Our new address is:

    Fairways House,
    Fairways Business Park

    Tel: 01463 251727

    Welcome to new staff

    We have 4 new members of staff join the Moray Firth Partnership and SCRAPbook project:

    Sally Tapp, as our Engagement Officer focusing on social and national media and engaging groups and individuals across the country to use the litter map for targeted clean up efforts.

    Susan Marshall and Jamie Joyce have taken up the Marine Litter Officer roles, based in Oban, to really try and target the worst of the marine litter along the Argyll coastline.
    (All 3 posts come courtesy of the £100,000 investment by Marine Scotland).

    Sarah Hartley is our new part-time Administrator, she will be keeping us organised and will be your first point of contact on the phone or by email.

  • March 29, 2019

    EU votes to ban single use plastic by 2021

    Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery or cotton buds, making up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned under plans backed recently in the EU Parliament’s environment committee.

    Under the draft plans from the committee, single-use plastic products such as cutlery, cotton bud sticks, plates, straws, beverage stirrers and balloon sticks will be banned from the EU market from 2021.

    MEPs have added to the list very lightweight plastic bags, products made of oxo-degradable plastics and fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene. Read more

  • March 18, 2019

    Dolphin movement study

    Understanding the seasonal and daily pattern of movement of dolphins in the Moray Firth is vital in ensuring that they are properly protected. This resarch found that, for example, dolphins tend to become nocturnal feeders in autumn – perhaps following the herring shoals. The fact that they become nocturnal feeders, means that their presence is likely to be unrecorded – leading to mitigation advice, such as dredging in autumn, that may not be appropriate.

    Read more about this valuable research.

  • February 28, 2019

    Film competition : Why invest in Nature?

    Scottish Natural Heritage are running a short film contest for people aged 16-30 about why businesses should invest in nature. Find out more about the competition and the prizes on offer here.

  • February 11, 2019

    Coastal spring clean

    Details of the Keep Scotland Beautiful Spring Clean, which will be looking to clean up along river tributaries as well as the coast, can be found here.

  • February 5, 2019

    Two Marine Litter Officers sought

    Following additional investment, SCRAPbook is developing engagement and clean-up activities, focusing initially in north Argyll. We now need a team of two dynamic, engaging and collaborative individuals to join us and help develop the next exciting phase of the project.

    Full time post for 12 months

    Salary : £20,000 pa

    Closing date: Thursday, 21st February 2019

    Read more and apply

  • February 5, 2019

    Scottish government renews pledge to bottle deposit scheme

    Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has reiterated the Scottish Government’s pledge to introduce a deposit return scheme as part of plans to further tackle plastic waste as she visited Coca-Cola in East Kilbride. Read More


  • January 28, 2019

    EU nears agreement on single use plastic ban

    A plan to ban single-use plastic products such as disposable plates and straws has been agreed. EU member states and the EU parliament still have to give the provisional agreement the go-ahead. Read more

  • January 27, 2019

    Renewing the pledge to deposit return

    Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has reiterated the Scottish Government’s pledge to introduce a deposit return scheme as part of plans to further tackle plastic waste. Read more