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  • Blog Post: A trip to the Flows

    Jill Harden, RSPB Scotland's reserves archaeologist, has recently traveled north to Caithness & Sutherland to explore the peatland’s rich historic environment. People have been living in Caithness & Sutherland for thousands of years, with many establishing communities along the coast...
  • Blog Post: All you need is love

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, tells you about the some of the things we love and want to protect with the FTLO campaign we're a part of. All you need is love As the Beatles timeless classic said – all you need is love. Still true? It’s no longer...
  • Blog Post: For The Love Of Scottish Machair...

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, is back with another blog on the For The Love Of campaign we are involved with. For The Love Of Scottish Machair... Last week on this blog I wrote about the new climate campaign that we are involved in (FTLO for short). I also gave...
  • Blog Post: Fracking is a hot topic in Scotland – what is RSPB Scotland’s position?

    Alexa Morrison, Conservation Policy Officer at RSPB Scotland, takes a look at fracking and the different types of unconventional gas proposals coming forward in Scotland. Fracking is a hot topic in Scotland – what is RSPB Scotland’s position? Fracking and unconventional gas are coming...
  • Blog Post: For The Love Of.......

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, talks about a new climate change campaign we're working on alongside our partners in Stop Climate Chaos Scotlan d. For The Love Of....... We all know about climate change. We've all heard the arguments and warnings, but it’s...
  • Blog Post: Tilting at windmills

    RSPB Scotland Senior Conservation Policy Officer, Richard Evans' response to Daily Telegraph article. Tilting at windmills According to yesterday’s Daily Telegraph , "wind turbines have killed more birds of prey than persecution this year" , in Scotland. Well, to quote the...
  • Blog Post: A new species for Scotland

    RSPB Trainee Ecologist Genevieve Dalley tells us about her discovery of a new flying insect species for Scotland. A new species for Scotland In June this year I went to RSPB Insh Marshes in search of freshwater invertebrates. And I wasn’t disappointed! Amongst a wealth of interesting and...
  • Blog Post: Do insects make good parents?

    RSPB Trainee Ecologist Kirsty Godsman explores the parenting skills of insects after finding out some fascinating facts about carrion beetles. Do insects make good parents? Last month, I discovered something fascinating about a closely related group of species commonly known as the carrion beetles...
  • Blog Post: Where have all the kestrels gone?

    The latest Breeding Bird Survey (published 29 August) shows kestrel numbers decreased by 65% in Scotland between 1995 and 2012. Louise Cullen met up with Senior Conservation Scientist Staffan Roos to find out why. Scotland is a spectacular place for watching wildlife – especially birds. Whether...
  • Blog Post: Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival

    The Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival is well underway after launching on Tuesday with an 11 mile cycle round the city, which Jenny Tweedie went along to. There was a last-minute flurry of preparations before the bike parade set out. Foam petal cut-outs found their way onto bags, fuzzy bee costumes...
  • Blog Post: Good news for Scotland's seabirds

    Allan Whyte, RSPB Scotland Marine Policy Officer, gives us some good news about seabirds. Good news for Scotland's seabirds There is a glimmer of hope reflecting on Scotland’s sea. Invariably it is bad news when seabirds make the headlines, but recent announcements by the Scottish Government...
  • Blog Post: Going with the Flow

    Genevieve Dalley, RSPB Trainee Ecologist, tells us about a recent trip to Forsinard Flows. Going with the Flow As a trainee ecologist I get to travel around Scotland, waving nets and poking through pond weed in search of freshwater invertebrates. This week I was at Forsinard Flows , right at...
  • Blog Post: Having a whale of a time on Muckle Skerry

    An update from Tegan Newman, a member of our Orkney seabird tracking team. Having a whale of a time on Muckle Skerry Somehow, over a month has disappeared since Derren’s last blog so here is a summary of what has been keeping us busy in Orkney…. Having arrived on Orkney in April...
  • Blog Post: Meloe, is it me you are looking for?

    Trainee ecologist Kirsty Godsman tells us about a recent trip to the island of Coll. Meloe, is it me you are looking for? If you have read my previous blogs, you will be aware of a group of beetles called Oil Beetles (of the genus Meloe). There are 5 species belonging to this genus in the UK and...
  • Blog Post: Top five gardening tips for wildlife

    It's easy to do simple things to help your garden wildlife. Giving simple advice as to what those things should be, isn’t so easy. The reason is that everyone’s situation is so different. Your garden might be a small decked area in the centre of a city, or a vast sweeping vista of...
  • Blog Post: Bog on!

    Stuart Benn, Conservation Manager, tells us about a project to restore peatlands in the Flow country. Bog on! Bogs haven’t always enjoyed the best press. Phrases like bogged down, bog standard and bog off really just reflect how we’ve treated them in the past – the home of...
  • Blog Post: Stand up for ants rather than standing on them

    James Silvey, RSPB Scotland Nature Recovery Officer, tells us why we need to stand up for ants. Stand up for ants rather than standing on them Nature’s calendar is full of events that we often mark in our minds without really thinking of it. The first snowdrops of the year, the returning...
  • Blog Post: Gold standard grub at RSPB Loch Leven

    The View cafe at RSPB Loch Leven been given a top foodie award. Louise Cullen stopped by the reserve to find out more. Scroll to the bottom for one of Chef Douglas Rutherford's favourite recipes. Gold standard grub at RSPB Loch Leven The Gold Food for Life Catering Mark from the Soil Association...
  • Blog Post: Seabird tracking from the Shiants to Orkney

    Emily Scragg, Senior Research Assistant, gives us an update from the STAR west coast roving team. Seabird tracking from the Shiants to Orkney It is coming towards the end of our field season and we have settled down in our last location for this year – on Orkney! Which is an unusual place...
  • Blog Post: In search of the mountain ringlet

    James Silvey, RSPB Scotland Nature Recovery Officer, tells us about a recent attempt to find a sun-seeking butterfly. In search of the mountain ringlet Mountain ringlet by Oliver Smart (rspb-images.com). “It could be there, you just never know till you look”. That’s what...
  • Blog Post: Bee beetle bonanza

    RSPB Scotland Trainee Ecologist Kirsty Godsman is back with a new blog. Bee Beetle Bonanza I think there is just about enough time left this month to introduce you to July’s beetle of the month. The bee beetle (Trichius fasciatus) The bee beetle might just be my favourite beetle...
  • Blog Post: What a brilliant breeding season!

    Senior Research Assistant, Rob Hughes and Aberdeen University PhD student, Marianna Chimienti are back with an update from Fair Isle as part of the RSPB’s Seabird Tracking and Research (STAR) project. What a brilliant breeding season! Here we are again, Rob and Marianna, the Fair Isle team...
  • Blog Post: Warming up to moths

    I have a bit of a confession to make. Moths used to really give me the willies. In fact, if I’m completely honest, they’re still not my favourite beastie. But the thing about working for a conservation charity like the RSPB, is that I can’t really avoid them. So like those giant...
  • Blog Post: The ugly duckling

    Genevieve Dalley, Trainee Ecologist with RSPB Scotland, is back with a new blog. The Ugly Duckling It’s a familiar story: the unassuming youngster undergoes a magical transformation to become a beautiful adult. The most quoted examples from the insect world are butterflies. However, there...
  • Blog Post: Chicks galore!

    Seabird Tracking and Research (STaR) team member, Ruth Brown, gives us an update on her work tagging seabirds on Colonsay. Chicks galore! For the fifth year running the RSPB STaR team has returned to the island of Colonsay for the summer months. This year the team consists of Tessa Cole, who is...