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  • 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 official 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: Nature needs us to do more to cope with climate change

    Different news on climate change: a new climate risk assessment for the UK is published today, by the Committee on Climate Change. Yes, it’s rather gloomy reading – yet also a spur to action. There’s a lot that we can do to avert the worst of the problems, we just need to get on with...
  • 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: Cooperation on offshore wind development in the North Sea – will the UK join in?

    On Monday 6 th June, the Energy Ministers of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden and Norway signed a “ Political Declaration on Energy Cooperation between the North Seas Countries ”. The UK was notably absent from the declaration signing, which...
  • Blog Post: The RSPB’s new wind turbine: Backing our words on climate change with action

    By Alice Collier, Policy Officer You may have seen an RSPB news article earlier in the year about the imminent construction of a wind turbine at the RSPB’s headquarters in Sandy, in partnership with Ecotricity. Well, the turbine is now up and running! I’m new to the team and working...
  • Blog Post: How did nature do in the elections?

    The election results are in and the new MSPs are gathering in Holyrood. How did nature and the environment do? They didn’t grab the headlines, but in numerous hustings across Scotland organised by RSPB Scotland, Environment Link and our partners, candidates were put through their paces. The Hustings...
  • Blog Post: US biomass trip: in photos

    I recently travelled to the US to see the forests impacted by EU bioenergy policy and the increased demand for wood pellets. All photos by me, Matt Adam Williams. The forests of North Carolina are incredibly rich in wildlife, including this little lizard I found. One of my favourite moments...
  • Blog Post: USA biomass fact finding trip: what did I learn?

    So, my biomass fact finding mission to the US is coming to a close. Here are ten things that I learned while I was here: Community members in the Southeastern USA are very concerned about the wildlife, climate and health impacts of the wood pellet industry and its mills. The bottomland hardwood...
  • Blog Post: Please be a voice for nature in the run up to the Scottish Elections

    Please be a voice for nature in the run up to the Scottish Elections Egret feathers in a hat (photo credit: RSPB, rspb-images.com) Over 120 years ago, our organisation came into existence when sixteen feisty Victorian ladies campaigned against the killing of exotic birds to trim fashionable...
  • Blog Post: What can we do about climate change?

    This post was written by Pip Roddis, Policy Officer in RSPB's Sustainable Development Team. This was the question I found myself being asked the most at the climate change stand at last weekend's annual RSPB Members' Weekend in York. It's a good question. Faced with such an all...
  • Blog Post: Witnessing biomass impacts in the southeastern USA first hand

    The dogwood trees are in bloom at this time of year in North Carolina. Tiny white flowers single them out from the other foliage that lines the interstates. And turkey vultures are ubiquitous, circling above them in flocks of three or four, tilting as they glide on the hot air. With other European...
  • Blog Post: RSPB Scotland and renewable energy

    RSPB Scotland and renewable energy Renewable energy remains well supported in Scotland, with 70% of people wanting to see more renewables such as wind, solar and wave according to a poll published last week. At RSPB Scotland, we certainly share this view; we need more well-sited renewable...
  • Blog Post: How can we make our money and consumer choices do more for nature?

    This winter has provided us with stark reminders of how important our relationship with the natural world is, not least the impact of floods affecting thousands across Scotland. Thankfully, we can do a lot to increase our ‘resilience’ to these events, by working with nature and harnessing...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Show the love this Valentine's Day

    In the run up to Valentine's Day, the RSPB has once again joined forces with WWF, Oxfam, the National Trust, the Women’s Institute and many other partners from The Climate Coalition to encourage people to think differently about climate change and to inspire them to act. We are asking people...
  • 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: Why I’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: Forsinard – 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: Good Cop? Bad Cop? What will Paris really deliver?

    John Lanchbery, RSPB Principle Climate Change Adviser brings us up to date with the latest climate negotiations from Bonn... In a month from now, World leaders will meet at a UN conference of parties (COP) in Paris. They are set to agree a new global treaty to both combat and adapt to climate change...
  • Blog Post: Proposed cuts to small-scale renewable subsidies make it harder to tackle climate change in harmony with nature

    By Pip Roddis, RSPB Climate Policy Officer Details announced recently of the UK Government’s review of the Feed-in Tariffs scheme, which includes proposals for deep cuts to subsidies for small-scale renewable energy, are likely to make it harder for the UK to meet its climate targets in harmony...
  • Blog Post: A Plan of Action for Peatlands?

    A Plan of Action for Peatlands? A letter published in the Scotsman this week was a real gem. Roy Turnbull, argued well that Scotland should do more to value its forests, peatlands and upland areas as huge stores of carbon and for their ability to sequester carbon from the atmosphere and store it in...
  • Blog Post: Climate change could threaten blanket bogs, craneflies and breeding birds

    Guest blog by Dr Matthew Carroll , Conservation Scientist at RSPB Centre for Conservation Science Craneflies as a food source for upland breeding birds The British uplands are home to internationally-important breeding bird populations. And for some of these species, a key part of their diet during...