I've been the Highland Correspondent of The Herald since 1988, covering an area which stretches from Shetland to Kintyre, and Rockall to the Cairngorms, but has only 60% of Glasgow's population. So I have to be concerned with issues relating to transport and remoteness; land reform and conservation; Gaelic and tourism; renewable energy; the odd drop of whisky and the craic.
An environmental charity has discovered eight species on a Highland estate, while a midge found feeding on another insect is a European first.
Trees for Life is conducting biodiversity surveys on its 10,000-acre Dundreggan Estate in Glen Moriston near Loch Ness.
It has now recorded more than 2800 species, including at least 67 priorities for conservation, but there is particular excitement over some of the most recent additions – a sawfly, an aphid, two species of aphid parasitoids, three species of fungus gnats, and a species of mite.
Mark Phillips, 51, from Spean Bridge, became the 11th climber to die in the Scottish mountains this year when he fell more than 160ft in the Raeburn's Buttress area on the north face of Britain's highest mountain. His fall was broken by the safety rope to which he was attached, and he was left lying on a steep slope.