Warm weather animal species arriving in Scotland given Gaelic names, World News

In Scotland, some warm climate species, which seem to be arriving due to climate change, are named in Gaelic.

Designed by wildlife artist Derek Robertson, the project has been approved by Scottish Gaelic-speaking and nature conservation agencies. They identified 40 species, which need formal names in Gaelic.

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The firecrest, a small bird from the UK, was named luxuriates, while the azure damsel is now cruinneag liath. The common finch has become deargan drise. The bearded tit is named after the whiskered reed worker or cuilcear staiseach.


The full list is being finalized and will be published in a new book in June. The publication will be edited by Robertson. It will present watercolors of each species. A short three-line poem for each animal by Skye-based Irish poet Rody Gorman in the Gaelic language will also be scripted.

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The project was designed to update the Gaelic lexicon to encompass the language’s historical links to Scotland’s natural heritage, Robertson said.

“Gaelic has a rich tradition of naming things which is really beautiful,” Robertson added.

Gaelic will also adopt words from other languages. “Languages ​​borrow words all the time and it’s a process for any living language. But Gaelic has a very strong connection to the natural world and that’s reflected in its naming of things,” he said. he declares.

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