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  • Blog Post: New link and address shortcut that can now be advertised to the world!

    Hurray, thanks to the fantastic RSPB webteam this blog is now linked to the RSPB Crook of Baldoon Reserve webpage, which means you can now use the following link to find us: http://www.rspb.org.uk/crookof​baldoon This address can now been advertised to the world, so hopefully we'll get some more...
  • Blog Post: Crook of Baldoon Open Day

    Well the weather smiled on us through a cold breeze but in the sun it was very nice we did not have hundreds of visitors for the Crook's first open day but every one seemed to enjoy the day and I know I did it was good to talk to so many interested visitors and describe some of our ideas for the...
  • Blog Post: No recent sightings of ospreys over Wigtown Bay

    It seems that the Wigtown Bay Ospreys have gone, they were last seen at the nest on Thursday 24th August, and we haven't had any recent sightings of ospreys over Wigtown Bay since Paul Tarling saw one on Thursday 1st September. There are still ospreys been sighted in Dumfries and Galloway, I saw...
  • Blog Post: Movie night in Wigtown

    We are pleased to say that Wigtown has secured a place for one of 6 showings of “Born to Fly” – a cranes story in Dumfries and Galloway and a film on osprey We will be showing the film at Wigtown County Buildings on the 6 th March. Personally I am very pleased that we have been...
  • Blog Post: Ospreys seen at Wigtown nest again.

    My day was certainly brightened today, not just by the super sunshine but also by seeing both EP and DK at the nest over lunchtime. At 1.30pm, EP landed on the microphone next to the nest. He was just by himself it seemed and he re-arranged some twigs and grass before disappearing, only to return with...
  • Blog Post: Osprey still seen at Wigtown Bay.

    It seems rather late in the season, but I have just received a report of an osprey seen flying northwards from Garlieston over Wigtown Bay at mid-day on Tuesday 4 th October, unfortunately it was unidentifiable whilst in flight. Could this be one of our birds still around the area, or are we still...
  • Blog Post: Camera working once more!! :)

    Great news everyone! Our osprey camera is back working again - so we now have a love picture back in the Visitor Centre, Wigtown County Buildings. Our male, EP was seen yesterday in the vicinity of the nest, sitting on a fence post. Looks like he's still on his own at the nest, although there could...
  • Blog Post: Ringing photos finally posted! and latest osprey news...

    At last, I have finally managed to post Paul's amazing ringing photos. Enjoy.... Latest osprey news, JD who we think is the elder of the two chicks and is probably a male, has been doing a lot of wing exercising over the weekend, and has been doing spilt second hovers, not long before he will...
  • Blog Post: Wigtown Community Festival

    Next Saturday will see the start of Wigtown Community Festival - a buzzing week of activities for the local community. As part of Games in the Garden on Saturday 7th, local children will have the opportunity to help local insect populations by building a bug hotel. It is hoped that the hotel will find...
  • Blog Post: JD has left the nest!

    JD our Wigtown Bay 2011 Osprey Chick fledged yesterday morning, 15th July, on his 52nd day as predicted. JC his day younger sister is expected to fledge on Monday 18th July. Unfortunately I dicided to take yesterday off, and missed it, but Bill one of our trusty volunteers was in to witness the grand...
  • Blog Post: Long Billed Dowitcher

    A Long Billed Dowitcher has been seen at the Castlefield Wetlands, Wigtown Harbour. Anyone else seen anything of interest? Please keep me posted either on here or in the Wigtown Bay Visitor Centre so I can keep my sightings board up-to-date. Ian p.s. A peregrine has been seen on the Wigtown...
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year everyone!

    Just wanted to extend our best wishes to everyone for a happy and healthy 2013. The next guided walk at the Crook of Baldoon is on Sunday 13th January - a perfect reason to walk off some of the Christmas excess and see what's around at the busiest time of year for wildfowl on the Crook. Peak numbners...
  • Blog Post: All eyes to the sky!! Spring is here!

    It's with baited breath that I go into the Visitor Centre these days. Any day now an osprey could appear on the nest. Already there has been an osprey sighted at Annan. Could this be the Caerlaverock birds returning? We will just have to wait and see. 3 other opsreys have been seen further south...
  • Blog Post: Bill Campbell - a friend sadly missed

    It is with great sadness that I write to say that Mr Bill Campbell, one of our first volunteers in the Wigtown Bay Visitor Centre, sadly lost his battle with cancer on the 3rd January, at Dumfries hospital, with his family at his side. Bill started as a visitor interpretation volunteer in July 2011...
  • Blog Post: Who is HJ?

    Turns out blue HJ is a very young male bird. He was ringed at Caerlaverock in 2010 as a chick, so he is only 2 years old. Most ospreys don't return to the UK until they are 3 years old, but they have been known to return early to look for mates and suitable nest sites. So HJ is clearly hoping to...
  • Blog Post: Peregrines at Wigtown!

    Fantastic view of Peregrine sitting on top of gargoyle on Wigtown County Buildings this morning! Let's hope it stay here...
  • Blog Post: Have you seen our osprey? Wigtown Ospreys chick goes missing.

    This week's press release: One of the two Wigtown Bay osprey chicks from this year’s nest has unexpectedly disappeared. JC, the presumed female chick, which took her first flight only last week, was last seen on July 22. It’s normal for osprey chicks to stay close to the nest for...
  • Blog Post: We survived!

    After 3 days of no electricity, I was MIGHTY glad when the lights popped back on last night. We even had our first barbeque of the year!! Wasn't the warmest but at least the sun was shining. The wind is still bitterly cold here but that hasn't detered some hardy ospreys returning to the UK. Reports...
  • Blog Post: News from the Reserve

    Wheatears bouncing along the path in front of me flashing their white behinds! Sedge warblers warbling, families of Linnets flying, pied wagtails wagging, aerial activities of Swallows , Shelduck out on the mud flats, common frog and rover beetles, and all of this just from spending an hour in the car...
  • Blog Post: Ringed and Ready to Fly

    The Wigtown Bay Ospreys were rung last Friday evening. Here's the press release: Time is running out for a chance to view Wigtown Bay’s ospreys this year, as the successful nest’s two chicks get closer to taking their first flight. The chicks, now named JD and JC, were ringed and...
  • Blog Post: Wigtown is Blooming!

    Wigtown in Bloom was this year's Winner of the Scottish Natural Heritage Biodiversity Award 2012 , sponsored by SNH and Beautiful Scotland (part of Keep Scotland Beautiful) It is wonderful to get recognition for the work of the community, RSPB and D&G Council Ranger service in keeping Wigtown...
  • Blog Post: Ospreys growing up fast

    The Wigtown Bay Osprey chicks are growing up fast. Yesterday I saw both chicks feeding themselves properly, doing the full mantle food, stand on one leg, pin fish with other leg, and tear at fish with beak. H/D our prod mum jus stood back and left them to it. (although later on the same day she was back...
  • Blog Post: Great Stuff

    I've just come back from a week's leave and found a fantastic level of comments and new photos from so many different (and in some cases new) blog users. This is great! We have a fantastic year long wildlife spectacle to offer, and the blog provides a great place to share it with others. It is...
  • Blog Post: Less and less sightings of our ospreys

    It's getting to that time of year again, when less and less is seen of our ospreys, EP, H/D and this years chick JD. Still no reports of our missing chick, JC either, I think she must now be presumed dead. I had a brief glimpse of JD in the nest today with a fish, unfortunately it was just...
  • Blog Post: EP is back!!

    Great news everyone! Today the town bells in Wigtown rang to welcome back our male (leg ring white EP) to the nest. We'd had reports of an osprey since Sunday, but with the camera not working we could not see what was going on. Camera is fully functional again as of 4pm yesterday and straight away...