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  • Blog Post: Scotland must keep its eyes on the prize of truly sustainable fishing

    Scotland must keep its eyes on the prize of truly sustainable fishing We are at a critical turning point for fisheries management in Scotland, but you’d be forgiven for missing that fact. When the end -of -year fisheries negotiations in Brussels concluded in the usual late night scramble...
  • Blog Post: See Peat....Think Rainforest

    RSPB Scotland Conservation Policy Officer, Alexa Morrison, takes a look at what wind farm developer, Scottish Power Renewables is doing to restore peatlands at Black Law wind farm, and why it is so important to protect our peatlands from development impacts in Scotland. See Peat....Think Rainforest...
  • 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: The case for a Nature and Wellbeing Bill (with a lesson from Ecuador)

    I am delighted that people are beginning to talk and write about our joint campaign with The Widlife Trusts for a Nature and Wellbeing Act (read Mike McCarthy here and Geroge Monbiot here ). Thousands of people have also written to their MPs to encourage them to include a commitment to the Bill in their...
  • 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: Tilting at windmills

    RSPB Scotland Senior Conservation Policy Officer, Richard Evans' response to Daily Telegraph article. Tilting at windmills According to yesterday’s Daily Telegraph , "wind turbines have killed more birds of prey than persecution this year" , in Scotland. Well, to quote the...
  • 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: A new species for Scotland

    RSPB Trainee Ecologist Genevieve Dalley tells us about her discovery of a new flying insect species for Scotland. A new species for Scotland In June this year I went to RSPB Insh Marshes in search of freshwater invertebrates. And I wasn’t disappointed! Amongst a wealth of interesting and...
  • Blog Post: Do insects make good parents?

    RSPB Trainee Ecologist Kirsty Godsman explores the parenting skills of insects after finding out some fascinating facts about carrion beetles. Do insects make good parents? Last month, I discovered something fascinating about a closely related group of species commonly known as the carrion beetles...
  • Blog Post: Where have all the kestrels gone?

    The latest Breeding Bird Survey (published 29 August) shows kestrel numbers decreased by 65% in Scotland between 1995 and 2012. Louise Cullen met up with Senior Conservation Scientist Staffan Roos to find out why. Scotland is a spectacular place for watching wildlife – especially birds. Whether...
  • Blog Post: Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival

    The Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival is well underway after launching on Tuesday with an 11 mile cycle round the city, which Jenny Tweedie went along to. There was a last-minute flurry of preparations before the bike parade set out. Foam petal cut-outs found their way onto bags, fuzzy bee costumes...
  • Blog Post: Meloe, is it me you are looking for?

    Trainee ecologist Kirsty Godsman tells us about a recent trip to the island of Coll. Meloe, is it me you are looking for? If you have read my previous blogs, you will be aware of a group of beetles called Oil Beetles (of the genus Meloe). There are 5 species belonging to this genus in the UK and...
  • Blog Post: Top five gardening tips for wildlife

    It's easy to do simple things to help your garden wildlife. Giving simple advice as to what those things should be, isn’t so easy. The reason is that everyone’s situation is so different. Your garden might be a small decked area in the centre of a city, or a vast sweeping vista of...
  • Blog Post: Stand up for ants rather than standing on them

    James Silvey, RSPB Scotland Nature Recovery Officer, tells us why we need to stand up for ants. Stand up for ants rather than standing on them Nature’s calendar is full of events that we often mark in our minds without really thinking of it. The first snowdrops of the year, the returning...
  • Blog Post: Bee beetle bonanza

    RSPB Scotland Trainee Ecologist Kirsty Godsman is back with a new blog. Bee Beetle Bonanza I think there is just about enough time left this month to introduce you to July’s beetle of the month. The bee beetle (Trichius fasciatus) The bee beetle might just be my favourite beetle...
  • Blog Post: What a brilliant breeding season!

    Senior Research Assistant, Rob Hughes and Aberdeen University PhD student, Marianna Chimienti are back with an update from Fair Isle as part of the RSPB’s Seabird Tracking and Research (STAR) project. What a brilliant breeding season! Here we are again, Rob and Marianna, the Fair Isle team...
  • Blog Post: Warming up to moths

    I have a bit of a confession to make. Moths used to really give me the willies. In fact, if I’m completely honest, they’re still not my favourite beastie. But the thing about working for a conservation charity like the RSPB, is that I can’t really avoid them. So like those giant...
  • Blog Post: Trusty tips for moth night

    Summer is the high season for moths so you've got a good chance of spotting a few if you fancy getting the family out into the garden to give it a go as part of moth night! Did you know that moths can be just as colourful and diverse as butterflies? But because they mostly fly at night we don’t...
  • Blog Post: Inspiring the next generation

    RSPB conservation manager Stuart Benn is back with a new blog. Inspiring the Next Generation I was born on the 4 th of July but I didn't spend my birthday week putting on a song and dance routine like Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland . Instead, I was fitting satellite tags on golden eagle chicks...
  • Blog Post: What the National Planning Framework means for nature in Scotland

    What the National Planning Framework means for nature in Scotland Last Monday, Scottish Ministers published the third National Planning Framework for Scotland (NPF3) and a new version of Scottish Planning Policy (SPP). You can find both the NPF3 and the SPP here: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics...
  • Blog Post: Dale, Cottascarth – the story of an Orkney farm

    Jill Harden, Project Archaeologist at RSPB Scotland, explores a small abandoned farm at Cottascarth and Rendall with the help of some volunteers. Dale, Cottascarth – the story of an Orkney farm Orkney is a fascinating group of islands to explore at any time of year, for their archaeological...
  • Blog Post: The gardener's saviour

    RSPB Trainee Ecologist, Kirsty Godsman, introduces us to the black snail beetle. The gardener's saviour I would like to introduce you to my June beetle of the month - a wonderful little beetle that you may not be aware of but that you might soon hope to find in your garden...the black snail...
  • Blog Post: A record breaking giant tortoise in Cumbria

    RSPB Scotland Research Assistant, Davide Scridel, has gone south this summer to search for ring ouzels in the North Pennines. Read on to find out more about his work with this elusive species. A record breaking Giant Tortoise in Cumbria Stunning view of RSPB Geltsdale reserve . I must admit...