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Stuart Benn, RSPB Conservation Manager, on the Year of Natural Scotland. How do you see us? It’s been the usual series of highs and lows with Scottish sport in the last couple of weeks – our women curlers were crowned world champions and Andy Murray ground it out in the Miami heat to...
2 Apr 2013
Update on puffins washed up along Scotland's east coast
Over the last week, we’ve received reports of hundreds of seabirds, mostly puffins, as well as smaller numbers of guillemots and razorbills, washing up on beaches along Scotland’s east coast and on down to Northumberland. These seabird ‘wrecks’ are thought to be the worst in...
27 Mar 2013
New blog from Conservation Manager Stuart Benn. Crowd Atlas There’s really nothing else quite like it. Every 20 years or so, all of Britain and Ireland’s birds are counted and mapped, and the results put out in a Bird Atlas. This info, when added to other more regular counts, is...
18 Mar 2013
Vote Abernethy! Support our project to restore Scotland's Caledonian pine forest
Exciting news! We have been shortlisted by the European Outdoor Conservation Association for a potential award of nearly 20,000 Euros. Our project will re-connect Abernethy to its neighbouring Caledonian forest, Glenmore, through the planting of 30,000 native trees, re-establishing a huge wildlife corridor...
14 Mar 2013
Beacons: Stories for our not so distant future
Jim Densham, Senior Land-Use Policy Officer (climate) at RSPB Scotland, tells us about a new short story collection exploring the impact of climate change. Today a new short story book will be published. Beacons: stories for our not so distant future is a collection of fictional stories penned by...
7 Mar 2013
2013 is an important year for the land use planning system & real test of Government's concern for the natural environment
2013 is going to be an important year for the land use planning system in Scotland and a real test of the Government’s concern for the natural environment. Amongst various important changes, the third National Planning Framework (NPF) for Scotland is in preparation. The NPF provides a national...
20 Feb 2013
The eagle has landed
Weekly update from Stuart Benn, RSPB Conservation Manager in North Scotland. The Eagle has Landed I had to paint a ceiling at the weekend but, whilst it took Michelangelo four years to manage that with the Sistine Chapel, I was done in a couple of hours. And with the days drawing out, that still...
20 Feb 2013
75% of the UK is farmed. We want to give recognition to nature's farming heroes with the Nature of Farming Awards
Here's a blog from Heather about how we work with farmers to make the most of their land for wildlife.. or you can watch this video to get a glimpse into Wildlife Friendly Farming
19 Feb 2013
In his weekly blog Stuart Benn, Conservation Manager in north Scotland, discusses a little known connection between bird song and house music. Connections Here in the north, there’s a battle going on between Winter and Spring. I was out on the hill on Sunday and it was as wild a day as I’ve...
13 Feb 2013
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