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  • Blog Post: What's the porpoise of seawatching?

    This week there is a National Whale and Dolphin Watch led by the charity Seawatch Foundation. They aim to track the distribution of whales, dolphins and porpoises around the UK. Since last Saturday, volunteers have been seawatching around our coastline in search of cetaceans to add important data to...
  • Blog Post: National Whale and Dolphin Watch

    Did you know that 28 species of whales and dolphins can be seen around the UK? Several species are recorded annually from the Mull of Galloway so this Wednesday (29.07.15) the RSPB are taking part in the Seawatch Foundation’s National Whale and Dolphin Watch. This week long study will help create...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful Wednesday

    We have experienced some dry (and even hot!) days over the last week which has given us excellent conditions for wildlife spotting. Daily walks around the reserve are wildly exciting with over 100 linnets and 50+ goldfinches a regular sight. Several meadow pipits are feeding a second brood and they can...
  • Blog Post: Cuckoo about the Mull of Galloway

    Southerly winds have prevailed for most of the last week, causing a lot of passage of Manx Shearwaters. On Tuesday we recorded a staggering 1,000 flying by in the space of only an hour- simply unbelievable! Wednesday brought some North-Westerly winds which slowed down the movement of ‘Manxies’...
  • Blog Post: Chick flick

    At the Mull of Galloway we are looking forward to the arrival of our kittiwake chicks over the next few days, many of which will be viewable on the screens in the visitor centre thanks to our remote cameras on the cliffs. Kittiwake chick - Photo credit: Laura Shearer Kittiwakes lay 2 or 3 eggs...
  • Blog Post: I believe I can fly!

    Who is watching who? Fledgling Wheatear (photo by Laura Shearer) Fledgling Wheatears having a rest on the wall (photo by Laura Shearer) The Wheatears have recently fledged their chicks and the reserve is bustling with their fledglings. Four pairs have been recorded nesting on the reserve this...
  • Blog Post: Decorating Seabirds

    We have been monitoring this pair since they began to nest Having a snooze- its hard work raising 3 chicks and keeping a nice nest! Protective Parent with small chicks Shags are the earliest nesters of our seabirds and have been settled on their nests since the RSPB visitor centre opened...
  • Blog Post: A Swift Visit

    Yesterday (Friday 8 th May) saw the return of the first swift to be sighted over the Mull of Galloway this year. These miraculous aerial acrobats spend almost their entire lives on the wing, rarely ever touching land. Swifts are generally considered the last of the migrant birds to arrive in the UK and...
  • Blog Post: Greetings from the Mull of Galloway

    The visitor centre at the Mull of Galloway has now been open for two weeks so I thought I’d take the opportunity to fill you all in on the wildlife that has been seen recently. There are many shags nests visible on the cliffs including the nest below the foghorn that we can watch from the comfort...
  • Blog Post: Reflections of the Mull

    As I approach the end of my first season working at the RSPB Visitor Centre on the Mull of Galloway I find myself reminiscing about the many highlights of my time here. The year started for me back in April, arriving amidst one of the most exciting times at this vastly important nature reserve. Many...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings: The Mole of Galloway

    A bright and very breezy day here at the Mull today. It's quiet this afternoon so I thought I would squeeze in a blog-ette, mainly because I have a terrible pun burning a hole in my pocket and a photo to illustrate said terrible pun! As I walked round the reserve yesterday I counted several Fox Moth...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings: It's the Mipit Show!

    Here's a guest blog from Gavin Chambers. I mentioned him in my last blog - he has recently completed a contract at RSPB Vyrnwy and is heading back to Mersehead to do some residential volunteering before some other lucky reserve snaps him up! Gavin has made several visits to the Mull in the last few...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings: strange comings and goings

    The Mull of Galloway in September and October is a fascinating place to be. The cliffs have fallen silent as the last of the breeding seabirds the fulmars, kittiwakes and their chicks have finally moved out to sea. Time then to turn our attentions to the heath where all sorts of strange sightings have...
  • Blog Post: Mammals and Migrations

    With the razorbill and guillemots now largely back out at sea and the kittiwakes set to head off shortly, seabird numbers are naturally reducing here at Mull of Galloway. However, large numbers of kittiwakes can still be seen around the cliffs for the time being and shags continue to congregate on the...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings: it's all here in black and white.

    We had quite a party at the Mull last weekend; hundreds of people came. Three days of celebrations, with free trips up the lighthouse tower, craft stalls, talks, activities from face-painting to corn-dolly making and music. It was a pity that Bertha decided to turn up on Sunday but our spirits weren't...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings: a game of two halves, plus festival fever

    This will be a shorter sightings blog than normal because we are immersed in preparations for the coming weekend - The Mull of Galloway Festival, a celebration of the first anniversary of the Community Buyout . Three whole days of activities organised by the Mull of Galloway Trust - talks, activities...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings - Rock chicks and red kites

    Another sticky hot day today at the Mull and I've just been watching the herring gulls feasting on swarms of flies over the heath. I remember watching this last year on a similar day, it is quite a spectacle as you don't usually see herring gulls behaving like swallows. People taking part...
  • Blog Post: Sharks, Tigers, Foxes and Humming-birds

    It’s not just birds that are flying around here at the Mull of Galloway. Our moth trap had a bumper haul of 200 moths this week consisting of 20 different species bringing the total records from May up to 38 species including sightings of various day-flying moths such as a humming-bird hawk-moth...
  • Blog Post: Flights, camera, action!

    The recent run of gorgeous weather has brought forth some of the smallest stars of the reserve - beetles, bees and butterflies abound on the heath. Plant-wise the hogweed flowers still dominate but other white umbellifers are joining in now as the wild carrot and yarrow are coming into flower. It isn't...
  • Blog Post: Puffins, osprey and an inquisitive field vole!

    The shag chicks continue to grow well and at five weeks old, the nest is getting a little crowded! The chicks, which are already starting to stretch their wings, will remain on the nest for around another two and a bit weeks but will continue to be fed by the parents for several weeks more. The kittiwakes...
  • Blog Post: Sightings 8th June 1944 - and 2014

    Today is the anniversary of a tragic accident at the Mull of Galloway, which directly involved the building which is now the RSPB visitor centre. On the 8th June 1944, a Beaufighter aircraft was en route from Prestwick to an airfield on the Solway but encountered poor weather and crashed into first the...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 01/06/2014

    This week has produced quite a variety of sightings, on Monday 15 porpoise were spotted from the lighthouse and a puffin was reported to have been heard calling early in the morning but no actual sightings of any have been made this week. There have however been many sightings of peregrine and kestrel...
  • Blog Post: Triplets for Mr & Mrs Phalacrocorax Aristotelis

    Two weeks ago today (and therefore one week earlier than they managed last year), our favourite shag family saw the first of this year's eggs hatch. Visitors have been treated to a privileged insight into this new family's daily routines; the chicks have grown before our very eyes, courtesy of...
  • Blog Post: Why visit the Mull of Galloway?

    Here's why :) The intrinsic beauty of the headland with its coastal Heathland, cliff tops carpeted by a multitude of wildflowers, panoramic views across Luce bay and the Irish sea, bees and butterflies flitting around, the occasional glimpse of passing porpoise or inquisitive seals bobbing their...
  • Blog Post: Mothing on the Mull

    On Wednesday night we put out our moth trap at the Mull of Galloway, a simple contraption for those not familiar with this type of survey work, basically it’s a box with a light bulb that attracts moths who then settle down inside the box until we record them then set them free unharmed. With...