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  • Blog Post: Marine Spatial Planning in Scotland ā€“ a stock take

    Marine Spatial Planning in Scotland – a stock take In recent years Scottish Government has progressed leaps and bounds towards meeting their vision for Scotland’s seas that are ‘ clean, healthy, safe, productive, biologically diverse marine and coastal environments, managed to...
  • Blog Post: Cheerful chirps and boisterous behaviour

    Jenny Tweedie, from RSPB Scotland, brings you this blog on how house sparrows are fairing in Scotland and a helpful guide on telling the different types of sparrow apart in time for this year's Big Garden Birdwatch! Cheerful chirps and boisterous behaviour With their cheerful chirps, and boisterous...
  • Blog Post: Crook of Baldoon: building a nature reserve

    Have you ever wondered how nature reserves come to be? RSPB Scotland purchased a piece of land known as Crook of Baldoon six years ago and this is the story of how we've been transforming it into a haven for wildlife ever since. If you enjoy part I, look out for part II - we'll be posting it...
  • Blog Post: Five facts you need to know about gannets

    Five facts you need to know about gannets Gannets are Scotland’s, and indeed Britain’s, largest seabird. The specific type found here is the northern gannet, identifiable by its bright white plumage, long neck and beak, and distinctive black wing tips. Northern gannets come to Scotland...
  • Blog Post: Shiants episode four: wild winter work begins

    Welcome to the fourth installment 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 seabird colonies. It is part funded by...
  • Blog Post: Scottish Wildcat Action: a round-up of 2016

    Welcome to our first guest blog from Dr Roo Campbell, project manager for the priority areas programme of Scottish Wildcat Action. Dr Campbell has significant experience of carrying out research on the behaviour and ecology of Scottish wildcats and received his PhD in Zoology from Oxford University....
  • Blog Post: Five facts you should know about goldcrests

    Five facts you should know about goldcrests Goldcrests are relatively common in Scotland with something like 750,000 individuals nesting here, and up to three million covering the country as far north as Shetland in winter. They’re hyperactive little birds that always seem to be on the move...
  • Blog Post: The birth of the Paris Agreement

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, has this update on recent climate change negotiations and the Paris Agreement. The birth of the Paris Agreement The past few weeks watching the Paris Agreement negotiations has been like waiting for a birth as a new father all over...
  • Blog Post: Birds of Scotland: a year in numbers

    Birds of Scotland: a year in numbers Each year RSPB Scotland monitors, counts and records birds like puffins, corncrakes and kittiwakes right across the country to find out how populations are doing, and to identify which species might need more help. We’ve had some good results this year, and...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month XII

    So here we are, the final month of the year. Everyone’s probably focused on Christmas by now but surely there’s time to squeeze in a spot of wildlife watching too – maybe even during a relaxing Boxing Day walk? What to see in Scotland this month XII Have you ever noticed the fascinating...
  • Blog Post: Ask Rory to #DefendNature and keep the path to conservation clear

    Ask Rory to #DefendNature and keep the path to conservation clear When you can’t see clearly where you are going everything gets much slower and more difficult. The recent stormy weather is a reminder of this in action - whilst driving to work last week the rain was so heavy that it was difficult...
  • Blog Post: Shiants episode three: bedding in for the winter

    Welcome to the third installment of our work on the Shiant Isles Recovery Project from RSPB Scotland's Phil Taylor. 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 seabird colonies. It is part...
  • Blog Post: Why Iā€™m Marching

    When I join the thousands of people on the Meadows in Edinburgh this Saturday, we will all be marching to press the case for firm global action on the climate of our shared world. I hope to be joined by my daughter and her one month old son, my grandson. It‘s for his future we will be banding together...
  • Blog Post: Working across the flyway to save birds like the curlew

    Conservation Adviser for RSPB Scotland, Dan Brown, tells us about the status of the curlew in the UK and the work that needs to be done to safeguard the future of this bird. Working across the flyway to save birds like the curlew Migratory birds undertake truly awe-inspiring journeys. The long...
  • Blog Post: Forsinard ā€“ good news for wildlife, carbon and people

    Forsinard – good news for wildlife, carbon and people Recently I visited RSPB Scotland’s Forsinard Flows Reserve in the far north of Scotland and saw at first hand the difference we’re making for wildlife, local people and our efforts to combat climate change. As I stood at the...
  • Blog Post: Why I'm Marching

    Rea Cris, Parliamentary Officer with RSPB Scotland, tells us why she'll be joining Scotland's Climate March on November 28 in Edinburgh. Why I’m Marching Is the swallow a British bird that winters in Africa or an African bird that summers in Britain? An elegant conundrum that serves...
  • Blog Post: A case of conservation

    A case of conservation I enjoy a glass of wine and love the landscapes where wine is produced. But it takes imagination to combine this with raising funds for the migratory birds – ‘our’ birds – that pass through the Iberian Peninsula, en route to their winter quarters in West...
  • Blog Post: Skeins in the sky: goose watch

    Jenny Tweedie from RSPB Scotland fills us in our winter visitors and good places to see them. Pink-footed geese (Chris Gomersall, rspb-images.com) Geese must be one of the most gloriously visible heralds of winter. When their massive skeins start to appear overhead, colder days are sure to...
  • Blog Post: The Power of Partnerships

    The Power of Partnerships Peregrine (Ben Hall, rspb-images.com) It often seems that all we hear about the state of wildlife populations are stories of decline and disappearance. While we know that nature is indeed in trouble and we know there is much to do to stop the loss of biodiversity across...
  • Blog Post: Five facts you should know about beavers

    Five facts you should know about beavers Most of us probably think about beavers as rather plump creatures with big flat tails and a penchant for gnawing wood and building dams; but how much do you really know about them? Reintroducing some species to Scotland has certainly been a hot topic this year...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month XI

    OK, so the weather might have taken a turn for the worse but are you going to let that put you off? There’s lots of wildlife to see in November and you might just be rewarded with a rarity if you wrap up warm and brave the outdoors at this time of year. What to see in Scotland this month XI...
  • Blog Post: Shiants episode two: bird metropolis alive again!

    Welcome to the second installment of our work on the Shiant Isles Recovery Project - an initiative to remove non-native black rats from the isles in order to provide safe breeding sites for Scotland’s globally important seabird colonies. The project is part funded by the EU LIFE+ programme and...
  • Blog Post: Norway Norway over the sea

    Kate Bellew, Conservation Planner from RSPB Scotland, tells us of her recent nature exchange programme in Norway. Norway Norway over the sea Earlier this summer, I was lucky enough to get offered a place on one of Archnetworks structured training programmes in Norway. I jumped at the chance to...
  • Blog Post: Response for Nature

    Yesterday evening, I was pleased to join colleagues from across the conservation movement to launch our Response for Nature: Scotland . This was one of four reports, launched yesterday, addressing each of the four jurisdictions in the UK. Each is supported by a diverse range of NGOs, all working with...
  • Blog Post: The Great Trossachs Forest is officially an NNR....but what does that actually mean?

    The Great Trossachs Forest has officially become a National Nature Reserve. In fact, at 16,500 hectares (about the size of greater Glasgow) it’s now the largest NNR, not only in Scotland, but in the whole of the UK. It’s a fantastic achievement for a project that only got underway in 2009...