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Islay - a wildlife watching stag weekend
It’s 4.30am and I’m brewing coffee. We’re about to set off from Cambridge for a long bank holiday weekend on Islay. The stag party of three (not the most raucous of stag-dos) are packed and ready for wildlife watching, distillery tours and wild camping, and for all of us it would be...
12 Sep 2016
Revealing the fortunes of birds: what satellite transmitters tell us
Revealing the fortunes of birds: what satellite transmitters tell us Here Ian Thomson, RSPB Scotland's Head of Investigations, explains why fitting satellite transmitters to birds of prey is so important and what the data provided tells us about the these birds. A golden eagle chick in Galloway...
11 Aug 2016
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...
4 Jul 2016
Orkney: Where to go and what to see
James Silvey, RSPB Scotland's Nature Recovery Officer, has this fantastic new travel blog about the wonderful wildlife sights of Orkney. Orkney: Where to go and what to see This June I was lucky enough to visit the Northern Isles of Orkney with the aim of carrying out a spring survey for the...
28 Jul 2015
Making Nature Count: Top 10 in the Perthshire hills
RSPB Conservation Scientist, Jonathan Groom, gives an update on the Native upland woodland expansion survey in the Perthshire hills. Making Nature Count: Top 10 in the Perthshire hills I reached my first milestone in the study recently. I completed my first round of Breeding Bird Surveys. It is...
31 May 2012
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...
4 May 2012
What state the UK's birds?
Today sees the publication of The state of the UK’s birds 2011 . As ever, this aims to serve as a one-stop shop for the latest news on our bird populations. This year’s report has a particular focus on our waterbirds and the sites they use, noting that this year is the 40th anniversary...
24 Nov 2011
On the moors and in the sunshine
Having been sunburnt whilst walking in the Mamores over the weekend, I spent yesterday in the sunshine at the Langholm Moor Demonstration project . Didn't you know - it is always sunny in the hills of Scotland. It was a privilege to be able to visit a site that I had heard so much about. Given...
5 Jul 2011
GUEST BLOG: Jude Lane on the death of a hen harrier
I have asked our Bowland Project Officer, Jude Lane (pictured), to offer her personal perspective on the death of a hen harrier known as Bowland Betty. The hen harrier was recovered from a moorland area managed for grouse shooting in the Yorkshire Dales by Stephen Murphy of Natural England on 5 July...
10 Dec 2012
Soaring spirits, but a stark reminder
RSPB images It was a gloomy day in November and I was running a tedious errand that took me towards the Norfolk coast. Driving along, I wondered if I would see any pink-footed geese munching on the harvested sugar beet tops. ‘That would brighten my journey’, I thought to myself, ‘otherwise...
30 Nov 2010
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