Articles reflecting our commitment to conservation, environmental sensitivity and sustainability.


What is biodiversity and why should we care?

On the face of it, biodiversity is simply the ecological variety…
Islay coast

The Botanist Foundation - Background

We’ve been quietly investing in non-profit environmental, educational,…
islay juniper

Juniper Q & A

We catch up with our in-house forager James about the plight…
Botanist is B corp

We are B Corp Certified

After a rigorous, year-long submission process, we are delighted…
skylark jura

Tuning into Birdsong

It was a bright but coats-on day in early summer when we took…
kew gardens

Behind the scenes at the Botanical Gardens

On a rainy Tuesday this Winter, our team from Islay went to meet…
james donaldson juniper conservation

Juniper Conservation - James' Winter Work

Our home correspondent Kate Hannett tags along with James Donaldson,…

Working with the RSPB

The RSPB has been around since 1889 has over 200 nature reserves…
Islay wildflower verges

All About The Verges

A report from Islay Natural History Trust about their two year study of wildflowers and pollinators living on the verges, funded by The Botanist Foundation.
The Case Against Foraging
Is Foraging Sustainable? A Conservationist's Perspective - Dave Winnard
Common cordgrass Spartina anglica

The Twite, the Cordgrass, and the Forager

Dave Winnard of Discover the Wild  joined us in Islay for a…

Is drinking sustainable? A maker's perspective

In these doom laden times just how sustainable is our intoxication with the intoxicating? Can we have our dram and drink it?

RSPB Foraging Walk along the woodland trail

Mark and Dave set out on a foraging walk with a group of sixteen guests along the Woodland Trail starting out from the RSPB Loch Gruinart Visitor Centre.
Wayfarer High Road

Wayfarers' world

Ally Kelsey of White Lyan

Local - The opposite of air miles

We champion local flavours. Wherever you happen to be in the world we like to encourage creativity in using what you find locally
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