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  • 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: 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: On the effects of climate change in Southern Ocean seabirds

    Guest blog from Deborah Pardo, Richard Phillips and Phil Trathan, British Antarctic Survey In Polar Regions, where species are already at the limit of their ranges, climate change is suspected to have particularly strong effects (Barbraud et al. 2012). Researchers at the British Antarctic Survey have...
  • 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: Why Meat Free Mondays are a must for food security and climate change

    Lucy Bjorck, RSPB Senior Agriculture Policy Officer Food security means different things to different people. To a subsistence farmer in a developing country it means producing enough food for their family for a year. For a low wage worker it means having cash to buy enough healthy food to feed the...
  • 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: For the love of plants (this Bank Holiday) #OperationWildTimes

    Blogger: Adam Murray, Communications Officer Well we have come full circle, my name is Adam and I love plants and gardening. I dismissed plants outright when I chose Zoology over Biology (including botany) for my undergraduate degree. My shoulders sank and I huffed at the thought of doing chores...
  • Blog Post: These are a few of my favourite things #OperationWildTimes

    Blogger: Adam Murray, Communications Officer How are you coping with the summer holidays? A bit soggy around the edges as you dodge the thunder storms? Noticed that the roads are quieter and your usual haunts are “full of screaming kids”/children having fun? Or have you managed to get...
  • Blog Post: The ever expanding To Do List #OperationWildTimes

    Blogger: Adam Murray, Communications Officer In the words of Mr Meatloaf 2, out of three aint bad. In other words, I am so nearly there with completing our wildlife garden that keeps everyone happy. Last weekend I referred back to the Giving Nature a Home guide that I downloaded for free here ...
  • 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: Fiji Time required in Norfolk #OperationWildTimes

    Blogger: Adam Murray, Communications Officer Need a touch of Fiji Time With this glorious sunshine I am really chuffed with how our new wildlife and family friendly garden is bedding in. However, I definitely need a bit of Fiji Time mentality. What is Fiji Time? From my time working over there...
  • Blog Post: Going hard(landscaping) & finally Giving Nature a Home #Operation Wild Times

    Blogger: Adam Murray Hard Landscaping – bringing in the big guns I don’t know about you but the 1980s was never a good decade for fashion. I am sorry cool kids with your high waist jeans, stone-washed denim and patterned leggings – it was never cool. The same goes for technicolour...
  • 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: Parade of Plants #OperationWildTimes

    Blogger: Adam Murray, Communications Officer Did you enjoy this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show (my 10 year old self would never thought I would be saying that)? Some top plants there and a bit of plant envy on my behalf. Which were your favourites? It is great to see such a variety of plants...
  • Blog Post: Getting Dirty and Creative #OperationWildTimes

    Blogger: Adam Murray, Communications Officer If I had been lead to believe what I was told at school and that all I could have a job in conservation was as a scuba diving marine biologist or jungle living monkey lover (tried a bit of both – leeches and seasickness scuppered both) then I would...
  • Blog Post: Wish Lists and Destruction #OperationWildTimes

    Blogger: Adam Murray, Communications Officer Things are hotting up. Next step is looking at what you have in your garden and what you would like to keep and what would be on your new wish list of goodies. Phase 2: Embrace the wildlife and removing the not very [wildlife] friendly stuff □ Design...
  • Blog Post: Bangladesh vulture work really taking off!

    [By Chris Bowden our International Species Recovery Officer & Vulture SAVE Programme Manager] After four high level meetings in Dhaka with senior Forest Department officials last week, and listening to what the Chief Conservator of Forests, and the Additional Secretary both had to say –...
  • Blog Post: Operation Wild Times

    Blogger: Adam Murray, Communications Officer So where do you even start! I have a packed week, sleepless nights and a walled south facing garden that is screaming out to be loved. Like a toddler, our garden can get unruly if you do not pay attention to it. So where do you go for advice to control...
  • Blog Post: The Lazy Dad Wild Gardening Post

    Blogger: Adam Murray, Communications Officer I grew up hating gardening. It was that chore my Mum and Dad made me and my siblings do to earn pocket money. Mow the lawn, do the weeding, dig a hole or two (don’t ask). When all we really wanted to do was go play on our spokey-dokey laden BMX...
  • 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...