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  • Blog Post: The parasitic plant that relies on fungus for food

    A particularly unusual plant called yellow bird’s nest has been found growing at RSPB Scotland’s Skinflats reserve, which sits on the edge of the River Forth. This is only the fourth time that it has been seen in Scotland since 2000 and all of the previous records were at sites near Glasgow...
  • Blog Post: Surveying kittiwakes: how times have changed at Sumburgh Head

    Paul Walton is RSPB Scotland’s Head of Habitats and Species. He recently made a visit to the kittiwake colony at Sumburgh Head, Shetland, that he surveyed in the 1990s. In this blog he writes about this visit and what he discovered about the colony on his return trip. If you love seabirds as much...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful wildlife at Aberfoyle

    The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre in Aberfoyle is a five-star visitor attraction run by Forest Enterprise Scotland. It has a wildlife room - which is a joint project between Forest Enterprise Scotland and RSPB Scotland - where visitors can watch fantastic wildlife nearly every day, with webcams showing...
  • Blog Post: Toad tales

    Charlie McMurray is an intern at RSPB Scotland working on 'all nature' projects: mammals, amphibians and insects. This is her latest update on natterjack toads. By the beginning of May, the noisy natterjack toads at Mersehead were out in full force for the first time this year. Their loud...
  • Blog Post: Why we challenged the Forth and Tay windfarms

    Why we challenged the Forth and Tay windfarms Here Lloyd Austin, Head of Conservation Policy at RSPB Scotland, takes us through why the organisation decided to legally challenge the Forth and Tay windfarms. Scotland’s seas are filled with spectacular wildlife from basking sharks to orcas...
  • Blog Post: A sea of birds

    The Scottish Government has recently put forward 10 marine sites to be officially designated as protected areas for the seabirds that use them. A public consultation is open now, to get your views about whether they need to be protected. We will be responding and asking that they are all designated as...
  • Blog Post: Gamebird hunting: why we’re supporting calls ­for it to be regulated

    The Scottish Raptor Study Group has recently lodged a petition with the Scottish Parliament calling for a licensing system to be introduced for gamebird hunting in Scotland. We, at RSPB Scotland, fully support it and we’d like you to support it too. Read our blog to find out why we think it’s...
  • Blog Post: How a bioblitz can help save nature

    How a bioblitz can help save nature Amber Jenkins, RSPB Scotland’s Community Green Space Officer in Edinburgh, gives us the run down on the recent Edinburgh bioblitz and why events like this are so important for connecting people to nature. I think a lot of us are probably guilty of...
  • Blog Post: Raptor windfarm deaths

    Raptor windfarm deaths During late May and early June, RSPB Scotland received four separate reports of a bird of prey being found dead close to turbines at windfarms in different parts of Scotland. In this blog Richard Evans, Senior Conservation Policy Officer at RSPB Scotland, looks into the challenges...
  • Blog Post: Shiants episode six: The next phase begins

    Shiants episode six: The next phase begins Welcome to the sixth instalment of our work on the Shiant Isles Recovery Project from Alex Kekewich. 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...
  • Blog Post: Farming green payment needs strengthening, not weakening

    Vicki Swales, RSPB Scotland’s Head of Land Use Policy, sets out why more must be done to make farming greener. Farming green payment needs strengthening, not weakening Following last week’s EU Referendum it’s not yet certain what the future arrangements for supporting Scottish...
  • Blog Post: Seabirds of the Forth

    Allison Leonard is a warden with RSPB Scotland who looks after five reserves in Central Scotland, including the Forth Islands Fidra and Inchmickery. Allison brings us this update on how different seabirds are faring in the Forth this year and tells us about a couple of exciting opportunities for you...
  • Blog Post: Five facts you should know about red squirrels

    Red squirrels are Scotland’s native squirrel species, instantly recognisable by their distinctive ear tufts, rust coloured fur and bushy tails. The tail is particularly important as it’s used for balance, communication and as a cosy blanket. In Scotland there are around 120,000 red...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating National Insect Week

    RSPB Scotland is supporting National Insect Week from 20-26 June - a celebration of some of the smaller creatures in our natural world that is organised by the Royal Entomological Society. If you haven't heard of it before, National Insect Week encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects...
  • Blog Post: I can hear the grass grow

    Hi, I’m Bernie Bell. I got in touch with RSPB Scotland after reading a piece in the organisation’s recent magazine, Scotland news, about the importance of wildflower meadows in the conservation of the great yellow bumblebee. I live on Orkney, where gardening can be difficult, but with a bit...
  • Blog Post: Sea eagles return: a forty year success story

    Sea eagles return: a forty year success story RSPB Scotland’s Paul Walton and Richard Evans reflect on the successful reintroduction programme that brought sea eagles back to Scotland after an absence of nearly 60 years. The sight of a sea eagle provokes delight and excitement. Yet, this...
  • Blog Post: Five facts you should know about nuthatches

    Five facts you should know about nuthatches Nuthatches were once restricted largely to south-eastern England but, during the 20th century, they started spreading north. Nuthatches started breeding regularly in Scotland only in 1989. If you have them visiting your garden, or you've seen them at...
  • Blog Post: Calamitous chorusing

    Charlie McMurray is an intern at RSPB Scotland working on 'all nature' projects: mammals, amphibians and insects. Here is her latest blog on natterjack toads from RSPB Scotland Mersehead. Calamitous chorusing It’s time! April not only brought showers to Scotland, but also lured...
  • Blog Post: Unusual visitor pops in to Lochwinnoch

    How often to do you get to see something new, that you’ve never laid eyes on before? During migration, in spring and autumn, rare or unusual birds are occasionally blown off course and can turn up in places you just wouldn’t expect. One such visitor has recently appeared at our Lochwinnoch...
  • Blog Post: What to do if you find an 'abandoned' young bird

    It's common in spring and summer to find young birds sitting on the ground or hopping about without any sign of their parents. But what do you do if you come across one? You might have experienced it yourself. Coming home after walking the dog, you find a confused-looking baby house sparrow...
  • Blog Post: It’s a time of change on Scotland’s cliffs

    Kirsty Nutt explains why now is a perfect time to get out and enjoy Scotland’s seabird cities. It’s a time of change on Scotland’s cliffs The clocks have sprung forward; the evenings are getting lighter and the days warmer. Spring is definitely on its way. And with the shift of...
  • Blog Post: RSPB Scotland opens new visitor hub at Loch Lomond

    Jenny Tweedie from RSPB Scotland gives us an update on the new visitor hub launching at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond this spring. RSPB Scotland opens new visitor hub at Loch Lomond RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond launched its new visitor hub this spring, almost four years after the land was purchased...
  • Blog Post: Making Space for Nature – Progress in the Edinburgh Phoenix Group Wildlife Garden

    You might remember last year we asked for your support to help the Edinburgh RSPB Phoenix Group raise enough money to create their wildlife garden. The group are back with this brilliant update on where that money has gone and all the impressive work they’ve carried out with it to help give nature...
  • Blog Post: Shiants episode five: challenges and rewards

    Shiants episode five: challenges and rewards Welcome to the fifth instalment 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...
  • Blog Post: Slowing the flow of floodwater

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, brings us this blog on the storms that have hit Scotland over winter and the part global warming has to play in them. Slowing the flow of floodwater Lapwing (Andy Hay (rspb-images.com)) This winter’s storms have felt a...