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  • Blog Post: See Peat....Think Rainforest

    RSPB Scotland Conservation Policy Officer, Alexa Morrison, takes a look at what wind farm developer, Scottish Power Renewables is doing to restore peatlands at Black Law wind farm, and why it is so important to protect our peatlands from development impacts in Scotland. See Peat....Think Rainforest...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: The gardener's saviour

    RSPB Trainee Ecologist, Kirsty Godsman, introduces us to the black snail beetle. The gardener's saviour I would like to introduce you to my June beetle of the month - a wonderful little beetle that you may not be aware of but that you might soon hope to find in your garden...the black snail...
  • Blog Post: A record breaking giant tortoise in Cumbria

    RSPB Scotland Research Assistant, Davide Scridel, has gone south this summer to search for ring ouzels in the North Pennines. Read on to find out more about his work with this elusive species. A record breaking Giant Tortoise in Cumbria Stunning view of RSPB Geltsdale reserve . I must admit...
  • Blog Post: Scotland's Grand Canyon

    Scotland's Grand Canyon- a tour of opencast coal sites in East Ayrshire One of the perks of working for a nature conservation organisation is the occasional opportunity to get out of the office and see colleagues in action and the special places for wildlife we fight for. Over the past year...
  • Blog Post: Beetle blueprints

    Introducing RSPB Scotland Trainee Ecologists Kirsty Godsman and Genevieve Dalley. Over the next few months they will be blogging about their experiences in the field, helping us learn more about the beetles and freshwater invertebrates that call our reserves home. First up is Kirsty... Beetle blueprints...
  • Blog Post: It’s time to get MAD about wildlife crime!

    RSPB Scotland Conservation Manager, Stuart Benn, tells us about a recent protest against raptor persecution in Inverness. It’s time to get MAD about wildlife crime! In late March, at least 14 red kites and 5 buzzards were poisoned near Inverness making it one of the worst recorded cases of...
  • Blog Post: £1.3bn for the countryside – how would you spend it?

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer (Climate) at RSPB Scotland, is blogging about the Scotland Rural Development Programme and what it means for farmers, wildlife and nature conservation. £1.3bn for the countryside – how would you spend it? £1.3 billion - that’s...
  • Blog Post: Buzzing with activity

    James Silvey, Species Recovery Officer at RSPB Scotland, tells us about a new bee box design being tested on our reserves. Buzzing with activity: New homes for nature going up on reserves Mining bee. Photo by Nick Upton (rspb-images.com) There are over 250 species of bee native to the UK...
  • Blog Post: What do you look for in a volunteering opportunity?

    Are you aged 16-24? Our Communications Support Intern, Harry Forshaw, is conducting a survey to find out what you look for in a volunteering experience. What do you look for in a volunteering opportunity? At RSPB Scotland we are developing our engagement with 16-24 year olds by creating new...
  • Blog Post: Soil is amazing – honestly, it is

    Jim Densham, our senior land use policy officer, tells us why we should really care more about soil. When I have told people I am writing a blog article about soil the general reaction has been mild laughter. Soil just isn’t sexy or inspiring. However, when you think about it, you realise soil...
  • Blog Post: Scotland's national bird

    Conservation Manager, Stuart Benn, tells us why he thinks golden eagles should be Scotland's national bird. Scotland’s national bird Winter has really hit with a vengeance here in the Highlands – storm force winds, blizzards, trains and ferries cancelled, and the mountain hares...
  • Blog Post: Exploring history at Inversnaid

    Jill Harden is an archaeologist for RSPB Scotland. She is busy gathering historic environment information on our reserves. She’ll be providing updates regularly so watch this space for info on fascinating historical links. Exploring history at Inversnaid A day out on an RSPB reserve is always...