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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: Has the environment fallen off the political agenda?

    Has the environment fallen off the political agenda? Has either of our governments forgotten the environment? At Holyrood, Salmond, Davidson and Lamont scarcely give it a mention. At Westminster it sometimes seems to have disappeared completely from the agenda of Cameron, Miliband and Clegg. ...
  • Blog Post: Why Meat Free Mondays are a must for food security and climate change

    Lucy Bjorck, RSPB Senior Agriculture Policy Officer Food security means different things to different people. To a subsistence farmer in a developing country it means producing enough food for their family for a year. For a low wage worker it means having cash to buy enough healthy food to feed the...
  • Blog Post: Connecting Energy, Protecting Nature

    Ivan Scrase, RSPB Senior climate Change Policy Officer Building the energy infrastructure that Europe needs to tackle climate change can, and must, be achieved with wildlife and nature in mind. So shows our new report Connecting Energy, Protecting Nature launched in Brussels this week. Photos...
  • Blog Post: Better farming regulation not less

    Better farming regulation not less Farming, like most sectors, is subject to a wide range of rules and regulations but in recent years the industry has made the charge that it is subject to too much ‘red tape and bureaucracy’. In Scotland, this led to the Government asking Brian Pack...
  • Blog Post: The Fuss about Fracking

    With the recent explosion all over our news screens about fracking over the last month or so, and how it is looking to be the new method of obtaining fuel to provide us with a much needed source of energy, I thought it was only appropriate that I did some research into the matter of my own. Fracking...
  • 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: Climate change projections from IPCC?

    John Lanchbery, Principal Climate Advisor In the few days since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its report on climate science, there have been some liberal interpretations of what it says. One major source of confusion has been the IPCCs’ projections of future...
  • Blog Post: Science to shape our views

    There’s a lot of noise from the climate sceptics at the moment, as no doubt you’ll have seen. I’m confounded by the dismissal of science and hard information as we build and shape our views, activities and the world we live in. Of course, science rarely says things are exactly so...
  • Blog Post: Pests and marine species moving faster than terrestrial wildlife

    Land based wildlife seems to be responding more slowly to climate change than both life in the oceans, and agricultural pests and diseases, suggest two papers in Nature Climate Change. A new synthesis of observed changes in marine biodiversity reports widespread and systematic shifts which show remarkable...
  • Blog Post: Climate challenges farmers – who mustn’t forget our farmland wildlife

    Ellie Crane, RSPB Agriculture Policy Officer Peter Kendall, president of the National Farmers Union (NFU) has gone on record as saying that climate change is the biggest threat facing UK farming. He points out that though farmers may be able to adapt to gradual changes in temperature, extreme weather...
  • Blog Post: Conservation for carbon and for nature: having our cake and eating it?

    Mitigation or adaptation? Carbon conservation or nature conservation? A recent paper by Chris Thomas and others looks at whether these two things can be balanced effectively. The approach is based on mapping, for carbon and for nature. The maps for conservation importance are produced using ‘zonation’...
  • Blog Post: Giving nature a climate-adapted home needs action as well as words

    Government has launched its National Adaptation Programme for climate change in the UK. The plan is a legal commitment in the Climate Change Act (2008) that we and many others fought hard for. We did this because it was clear that our climate was changing and that even if we were successful in meeting...
  • Blog Post: Go Green Week.

    It is hard to imagine a time when we had to be stringent on the food we were eating, or a time when you couldn’t just pop in the car to go to the shops. However, as the environment begins to become increasingly affected by the way we live our lives we start to look back on these times with nostalgia...
  • Blog Post: Go Green Week - Greener Kitchens

    Today's theme for Go Green Week is Greener Kitchens, so here at the RSPB shop we've got a product to help you recycle your food waste and a product to make your rubbish fun! First up this compost caddy. I know what you are thinking. How can I recycle my food when I have nowhere to put it...
  • Blog Post: Go Green Week - Cut Your Travel

    Today's theme for Go Green Week is Cut Your Travel. In the UK, driving a car is one of the largest contributors to our personal carbon emmissions yet one of the simplest things to cut down. Now, we don't ask that you to walk for hours a day to get to work, but perhaps just swap your 2 minute...
  • Blog Post: Go Green Week - Green Bathrooms

    There are many things for you to do in your bathrooms to ensure that you live a greener life. Little things like stopping a tap dripping to cutting your shower time and water usage can make a huge difference! But here at the RSPB shop we thought we would use this final day of the week to show you...
  • Blog Post: State of Nature in Scotland

    State of Nature in Scotland Yesterday I participated in a ground breaking event. I hosted the launch of the Scottish end of the State of Nature report. This is a collaboration of expert bodies pooling data about wildlife species and diagnosing the problems they face. 25 organisations all deeply concerned...
  • Blog Post: Protecting our seabirds

    The World Fisheries Congress has been in Edinburgh these past few days. This is the first time the meeting has been held in Europe, so a feather in the cap for Scotland. This four yearly meeting of scientists, fisheries organisations, Government officials and related professions was passionately addressed...
  • Blog Post: Native upland woodland expansion survey

    RSPB Conservation Scientist, Jonathan Groom, writes about fieldwork in the Perthshire hills. 4:00am starts, black grouse, hen harriers and more. Native upland woodland expansion survey Field work has its ups and downs. The 4:00am start so that I can be at my first survey point and ready to go at...
  • Blog Post: Opportunity to ensure environment is at heart of renewables revolution

    Our Head of Planning & Development, Aedán Smith, discusses the push for renewables in Scotland and our position on wind energy. Another day, another political debate. Are Scotland’s renewable energy targets achievable? That’s the question being asked by the Energy Committee...