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  • Blog Post: Seabirds of the Forth

    Allison Leonard is a warden with RSPB Scotland who looks after five reserves in Central Scotland, including the Forth Islands Fidra and Inchmickery. Allison brings us this update on how different seabirds are faring in the Forth this year and tells us about a couple of exciting opportunities for you...
  • Blog Post: Investing in Our Countryside

    Investing in Our Countryside Wildlife across Scotland continues to change, with serious long term declines now evident. So how do we have a greater positive impact on the fortunes of our species at a time when less government support is available? Protected areas for example have been essential...
  • 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: BirdLife partners across Europe work together to adapt to climate change

    This post was written by Dr Olly Watts, Senior Climate Change Policy Officer Telescopes and binoculars from fifteen European BirdLife partner organisations were trained on two lammergeiers, or bearded vultures, roosting high on the cliff face of a quiet Alpine valley as dusk fell. We’d come...
  • Blog Post: Little gulls at RSPB Scotland Loch of Strathbeg

    This summer we were able to confirm that the smallest species of gull in the world, the little gull, is nesting with an egg at RSPB Scotland Loch of Strathbeg. It's the first confirmed breeding attempt for little gulls in Scotland ever. Kath Hamper, who works on our north east coastal reserves team...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating National Insect Week

    RSPB Scotland is supporting National Insect Week from 20-26 June - a celebration of some of the smaller creatures in our natural world that is organised by the Royal Entomological Society. If you haven't heard of it before, National Insect Week encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects...
  • Blog Post: I can hear the grass grow

    Hi, I’m Bernie Bell. I got in touch with RSPB Scotland after reading a piece in the organisation’s recent magazine, Scotland news, about the importance of wildflower meadows in the conservation of the great yellow bumblebee. I live on Orkney, where gardening can be difficult, but with a bit...
  • Blog Post: Five facts you should know about nuthatches

    Five facts you should know about nuthatches Nuthatches were once restricted largely to south-eastern England but, during the 20th century, they started spreading north. Nuthatches started breeding regularly in Scotland only in 1989. If you have them visiting your garden, or you've seen them at...
  • Blog Post: Calamitous chorusing

    Charlie McMurray is an intern at RSPB Scotland working on 'all nature' projects: mammals, amphibians and insects. Here is her latest blog on natterjack toads from RSPB Scotland Mersehead. Calamitous chorusing It’s time! April not only brought showers to Scotland, but also lured...
  • 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: Unusual visitor pops in to Lochwinnoch

    How often to do you get to see something new, that you’ve never laid eyes on before? During migration, in spring and autumn, rare or unusual birds are occasionally blown off course and can turn up in places you just wouldn’t expect. One such visitor has recently appeared at our Lochwinnoch...
  • Blog Post: Unravelling what is needed to save the ring ouzel

    Guest blog by Dr. Innes Sim Conservation Scientist at the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science Why are ring ouzels declining? The ring ouzel, sometimes known as the ‘upland blackbird’, is a species of thrush which breeds in the UK uplands and winters largely in North Africa. It’s...
  • Blog Post: What to do if you find an 'abandoned' young bird

    It's common in spring and summer to find young birds sitting on the ground or hopping about without any sign of their parents. But what do you do if you come across one? You might have experienced it yourself. Coming home after walking the dog, you find a confused-looking baby house sparrow...
  • Blog Post: It’s a time of change on Scotland’s cliffs

    Kirsty Nutt explains why now is a perfect time to get out and enjoy Scotland’s seabird cities. It’s a time of change on Scotland’s cliffs The clocks have sprung forward; the evenings are getting lighter and the days warmer. Spring is definitely on its way. And with the shift of...
  • 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: RSPB Scotland opens new visitor hub at Loch Lomond

    Jenny Tweedie from RSPB Scotland gives us an update on the new visitor hub launching at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond this spring. RSPB Scotland opens new visitor hub at Loch Lomond RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond launched its new visitor hub this spring, almost four years after the land was purchased...
  • 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: Making Space for Nature – Progress in the Edinburgh Phoenix Group Wildlife Garden

    You might remember last year we asked for your support to help the Edinburgh RSPB Phoenix Group raise enough money to create their wildlife garden. The group are back with this brilliant update on where that money has gone and all the impressive work they’ve carried out with it to help give nature...
  • Blog Post: A winning visit

    A winning visit Last year RSPB Scotland teamed up with Cairngorms Nature in a competition to find the Cairngorms Young Nature Presenter 2016. Fourteen year old James Miller won the public vote to be named the winner with his film on badgers. His prize was a five day Speyside Wildlife Holiday for him...
  • Blog Post: Shiants episode five: challenges and rewards

    Shiants episode five: challenges and rewards Welcome to the fifth instalment 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...
  • 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: Nattering about natterjacks

    Charlie McMurray is an intern at RSPB Scotland working on 'all nature' projects: mammals, amphibians and insects - basically everything that isn't birds! Charlie started at the RSPB in January and will be with us for nine months. So far the focus has been natterjack toads and this is an update...
  • Blog Post: Five facts you should know about puffins

    Five facts you should know about puffins 'Clown of the sea' and 'sea parrot' are just two of the nicknames that have been given to Scotland's most recognisable seabird. Puffins are small, rounded birds that belong to the Auk family and weigh about the same as a can of Irn Bru....