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  • Blog Post: Cheerful chirps and boisterous behaviour

    Jenny Tweedie, from RSPB Scotland, brings you this blog on how house sparrows are fairing in Scotland and a helpful guide on telling the different types of sparrow apart in time for this year's Big Garden Birdwatch! Cheerful chirps and boisterous behaviour With their cheerful chirps, and boisterous...
  • Blog Post: Crook of Baldoon: building a nature reserve

    Have you ever wondered how nature reserves come to be? RSPB Scotland purchased a piece of land known as Crook of Baldoon six years ago and this is the story of how we've been transforming it into a haven for wildlife ever since. If you enjoy part I, look out for part II - we'll be posting it...
  • Blog Post: Five facts you need to know about gannets

    Five facts you need to know about gannets Gannets are Scotland’s, and indeed Britain’s, largest seabird. The specific type found here is the northern gannet, identifiable by its bright white plumage, long neck and beak, and distinctive black wing tips. Northern gannets come to Scotland...
  • Blog Post: Shiants episode four: wild winter work begins

    Welcome to the fourth installment of our work on the Shiant Isles Recovery Project from Thomas Churchyard. The project is an initiative to remove non-native black rats from the isles in order to provide safe breeding sites for Scotland’s globally important seabird colonies. It is part funded by...
  • Blog Post: Scottish Wildcat Action: a round-up of 2016

    Welcome to our first guest blog from Dr Roo Campbell, project manager for the priority areas programme of Scottish Wildcat Action. Dr Campbell has significant experience of carrying out research on the behaviour and ecology of Scottish wildcats and received his PhD in Zoology from Oxford University....
  • Blog Post: Five facts you should know about goldcrests

    Five facts you should know about goldcrests Goldcrests are relatively common in Scotland with something like 750,000 individuals nesting here, and up to three million covering the country as far north as Shetland in winter. They’re hyperactive little birds that always seem to be on the move...
  • Blog Post: The birth of the Paris Agreement

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, has this update on recent climate change negotiations and the Paris Agreement. The birth of the Paris Agreement The past few weeks watching the Paris Agreement negotiations has been like waiting for a birth as a new father all over...
  • Blog Post: Birds of Scotland: a year in numbers

    Birds of Scotland: a year in numbers Each year RSPB Scotland monitors, counts and records birds like puffins, corncrakes and kittiwakes right across the country to find out how populations are doing, and to identify which species might need more help. We’ve had some good results this year, and...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month XII

    So here we are, the final month of the year. Everyone’s probably focused on Christmas by now but surely there’s time to squeeze in a spot of wildlife watching too – maybe even during a relaxing Boxing Day walk? What to see in Scotland this month XII Have you ever noticed the fascinating...
  • Blog Post: Shiants episode three: bedding in for the winter

    Welcome to the third installment of our work on the Shiant Isles Recovery Project from RSPB Scotland's Phil Taylor. The project is an initiative to remove non-native black rats from the isles in order to provide safe breeding sites for Scotland’s globally important seabird colonies. It is part...
  • Blog Post: Working across the flyway to save birds like the curlew

    Conservation Adviser for RSPB Scotland, Dan Brown, tells us about the status of the curlew in the UK and the work that needs to be done to safeguard the future of this bird. Working across the flyway to save birds like the curlew Migratory birds undertake truly awe-inspiring journeys. The long...
  • Blog Post: Why I'm Marching

    Rea Cris, Parliamentary Officer with RSPB Scotland, tells us why she'll be joining Scotland's Climate March on November 28 in Edinburgh. Why I’m Marching Is the swallow a British bird that winters in Africa or an African bird that summers in Britain? An elegant conundrum that serves...
  • Blog Post: Skeins in the sky: goose watch

    Jenny Tweedie from RSPB Scotland fills us in our winter visitors and good places to see them. Pink-footed geese (Chris Gomersall, rspb-images.com) Geese must be one of the most gloriously visible heralds of winter. When their massive skeins start to appear overhead, colder days are sure to...
  • Blog Post: Five facts you should know about beavers

    Five facts you should know about beavers Most of us probably think about beavers as rather plump creatures with big flat tails and a penchant for gnawing wood and building dams; but how much do you really know about them? Reintroducing some species to Scotland has certainly been a hot topic this year...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month XI

    OK, so the weather might have taken a turn for the worse but are you going to let that put you off? There’s lots of wildlife to see in November and you might just be rewarded with a rarity if you wrap up warm and brave the outdoors at this time of year. What to see in Scotland this month XI...
  • Blog Post: Shiants episode two: bird metropolis alive again!

    Welcome to the second installment of our work on the Shiant Isles Recovery Project - an initiative to remove non-native black rats from the isles in order to provide safe breeding sites for Scotland’s globally important seabird colonies. The project is part funded by the EU LIFE+ programme and...
  • Blog Post: Norway Norway over the sea

    Kate Bellew, Conservation Planner from RSPB Scotland, tells us of her recent nature exchange programme in Norway. Norway Norway over the sea Earlier this summer, I was lucky enough to get offered a place on one of Archnetworks structured training programmes in Norway. I jumped at the chance to...
  • Blog Post: The Great Trossachs Forest is officially an NNR....but what does that actually mean?

    The Great Trossachs Forest has officially become a National Nature Reserve. In fact, at 16,500 hectares (about the size of greater Glasgow) it’s now the largest NNR, not only in Scotland, but in the whole of the UK. It’s a fantastic achievement for a project that only got underway in 2009...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month X

    October is a great month to see the wildlife that isn’t with us all year long. Many species head for Scottish shores for the winter, leaving countries like Iceland and Greenland behind until the warmer months, while mammals like grey seals come ashore to breed at this time of year. So grab a pair...
  • Blog Post: Glorious Mud – homes for nature, protection for people

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, gets us up to speed with the wonders of mud. Glorious Mud – homes for nature, protection for people In February 2003 mechanical diggers broke two large holes in the sea wall at RSPB Scotland's Nigg Bay reserve in the Cromarty...
  • Blog Post: Mass migrations

    Jenny Tweedie from RSPB Scotland tells us about autumn migration in Scotland and some of the best places to see it in action, including at the Mull of Galloway Festival on the first weekend of October. Mass migrations As autumn draws in the evenings and has us looking out our jumpers from under...
  • Blog Post: Five facts you should know about robins

    Five facts you should know about robins Robins are well known and indeed well loved birds in Scotland and across the rest of the UK too. In fact they were recently named the UK’s national bird following an opinion poll organised by David Lindo, aka the Urban Birder. So, we obviously know...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month IX

    From tiny finches to diving ducks – September serves up a wealth of wildlife to keep us fascinated. Here are some of our favourites. What to see in Scotland this month IX Weighing in at as little as ten grams the lesser redpoll is one of the tiniest finches. That’s about the same weight...
  • Blog Post: Mull's white-tailed eagles

    RSPB'S Jamie Wyver visited Mull recently to find out more about the island's white-tailed eagles. Have a listen as he talks to Dave Sexton. RSPB Scotland's Mull Officer, about the eagles' 30 year history there. Mull's white-tailed eagles This year we’re celebrating...
  • Blog Post: Gardening for wildlife

    Whether you've got a balcony, a small patch of grass or a large garden you could be setting up a vital refuge for wildlife! Here are some tips from us on gardening for wildlife to help get you started or to expand on what you're already doing. Gardening for wildlife If you’re lucky...