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  • Blog Post: Who needs Autumnwatch?

    Autumnwatch was, as usual, a fantastic showcase for RSPB reserves and the work that we do but did you watch it? I didn’t, at least not live and the reason for that was that my wife and I decided to have a holiday that week and to take in the wildlife sights where I usually work. Not so much...
  • Blog Post: What have we been up to

    On National Moth Night we have organised a ‘Moth and Bat Night’ during which Paul the warden for the Crook led a walk at the reserve discussing moths, echolocation and the importance of bats to our natural habitats. The night started by setting up a moth trap after which we got our bat detectors...
  • Blog Post: Where have all the ospreys gone?

    We waited with great enthusiasm for the return of our ospreys this year in the hope that they would nest and that we would have some great views from our camera of the next generation being born. Nature being what it is, things didn’t turn out quite as we had planned and although the Male arrived...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Ospreys

    Has there been any word at all about the Wigtown ospreys?
  • Media: H/D feeding JC and JD

    Photo taken by Andy Farrington from Wigtown County Buildings Visitor Centre Osprey Camera, Saturday 16th July 2011.
  • Media: Latest screen shot of the Wigotwn Bay Osprey Chicks

    Photo: Ian Brown, 13th July 2011
  • Media: Golly Gargoyle

    Talk about skeletons in the cupboard wish I had a broom could get rid of all these old bones and feathers.
  • Media: Spot the difference

    28th July, This little fellow was sat most of the day on the lip of the box and overnight disappeared. It was the only chick to fledge form the second brood for this box. I think its partner may of been predated by the female woodpecker a couple of days earlier. Both clutches of eggs in this box had...
  • Media: Thrift at the Crook of Baldoon, photo Paul Tarling

    General view across the salt marsh with the pink haze of Thrift, which is present on the lower to medium salt marsh or merse, with the Galloway Hills behind.
  • Media: H/D feeding JC and JD

    Photo taken by Andy Farrington from Wigtown County Buildings Visitor Centre Osprey Camera, Saturday 16th July 2011.
  • Media: New Visitor Book finally arrived!

    The Wigtown Bay Visitor Centre Visitors Book has finally been created. It is really important for our project to show our funders how many local people and visitors support our project, so next time you come and visit us in the Wigtown County Buildings, please remember to sign our book. Many thanks,...
  • Media: Replica Nest

    Yestersday, Wednesday 13th July local children and parents helped me build a new osprey nest for Wigtown. As part iof the Wigtown and District Community Festival, lots of young opsrey chick helpers built a full size nest in the Wigtown Gardens. This nest will remain there for a few weeks to show just...
  • Blog Post: Great News, JC has flown!

    Our second 2011 Wigtown Bay osprey chick took it's first flight today at 11.35am. Again I was not present at the visitor centre to witness the flight, but Bill again was lucky enough to be volunteering at the right time! Aparently, JC took her first flights rather shakily from perch to perch...
  • Blog Post: WeBs count for July

    Have completed the WeBs count for wetland birds in July on todays high tide. A couple of note are the Bartail Godwits and Golden Plovers a 176 Curlew and the two types of Tern Cormorant 8 Grey Heron 4 Shelduck 8 ...
  • Blog Post: The Visitor Centre has been reopened with the RSPB now as lead partner.

    A fantastic team of staff and volunteers helped us on Friday and Saturday to take down the interpretation boards, paint the walls, and put some of the boards back up. There are still some more boards waiting to be installed and still some to be made, but all in good time. Now it’s up to me to...
  • Blog Post: Ian goes on Migration!

    On Friday, 22nd July I am going up to visit the Aberfoyle Osprey Project, the birthplace of H/D our resident female. Hopefully this visit will give me some inspiration as to what could be improved with our own visitor centre at the Wigtwon County Buildings. It's just a pity that Aberfoyle has...
  • Blog Post: Wigtown Bay Ospreys

    Hello, and welcome to the new Wigtown Bay Ospreys Blog on the RSPB Crook of Baldoon 's page. My name is Ian Brown, and I am the RSPB's new Wildlife & Community Officer for Wigtown and the surrounding area in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. This includes the new RSPB reserve at Crook of...
  • Blog Post: Peregrines instead

    Apart from occasional views of an Osprey down on the Crook, our most regular bird of prey in the area is a Peregrine Falcon. Over the last few weeks we've been lucky enough to have regular views of the peregrine sitting on the bell tower gargoyles of the County buildings in Wigtown. This bird has...
  • Blog Post: All eyes to the sky!

    It's with baited breath I walk into the visitor centre these days. Any day now an Osprey could land on the nest or be seen in the Bay. The first report came in today of an osprey sighting at Annan. Could this be the Caerlaverock birds back? We'll just have to wait and see. 3 other ospreys have...
  • Blog Post: Up and coming events for the October holidays

    Hello everyone, Below are details of a few extra events that I'll be running for families in the Wigtown Bay Visitor Centre during the holidays. So if you're looking for a way to keep the children occupied drop in to the County Buildings for some fun and games. What's for Dinner - Owl...
  • Blog Post: Super swifts & 2 ospreys

    Hello everyone, Do you love the scream of swifts on warm summer evenings? I find there is nothing that evokes relaxed summer evenings with a cold G&T better, than the sound of their calls over the town. But swifts are in trouble. Fewer are returning to their nest sites and these secret places...
  • 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...