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  • Blog Post: Roe deer, whimbrel and whooper swans

    Yesterday afternoon I turned off my laptop after a couple of hours of report writing, and went outside to stretch my legs and see how the world was getting on. My sudden appearance outside the warden’s hut caused a great commotion in the grasses and then a shocked silence. Stock-still, intently...
  • Blog Post: Spotted flycatchers and goldcrests

    The mass migration has begun, and Mull of Galloway is the place to see it. Especially this week, as our residential volunteer, James, is a superb birder. Yesterday he found spotted flycatchers and goldcrests hiding in the willow scrub, and tree pipits flying over. So now is your best chance of seeing...
  • Blog Post: Living the dream - hello from Jone

    A belated hello from me - the new Community Liaison Officer here at the beautiful Mull of Galloway. I am indeed living the dream, having spent the last couple of years working towards a career in conservation with the RSPB. My quest has taken me from Oxfordshire to Scotland, via Rathlin Island, Coombes...
  • Blog Post: Life on the edge...

    Hello! Welcome to the new Mull of Galloway blog. This is my first full season as Community Liaison Officer at the Mull. I've been here for two whole months already, but what with keeping tabs on seabirds, swotting up on wild flowers, and the general fun of getting into the swing of a new job, I haven't...
  • Blog Post: First Risso's dolphin of the year

    I saw my first ever Risso's Dolphin out in the tidal race today - a large, hooked fin, then three vertical leaps, one after the other, each one almost clearing the sea. It was a big beast compared to the harbour porpoises swimming along with it. The horizon's have been really clear lately...
  • Blog Post: Little arctic monks

    NEWS FLASH! We now have 14 puffins at the Mull! They were seen yesterday from Lagvag point, flying to and from the cliffs. But of course I STILL haven't seen them... Here's a general knowledge titbit for you: the latin name for puffin is actually Fratercula arctica, which means arctic monk...
  • Blog Post: Merlins, peregrines and giant waves

    Merlins and peregrines spotted today at the Mull. Also lots of woolly bears (otherwise know as garden tiger moth caterpillars). The heather is brown now and the sea is getting wilder by the day. There were spectacular waves forming as the Luce Bay tide went out today, and the gannets are still around...
  • Blog Post: Peregrine

    A peregrine falcon stopped by for brunch in front of one of our cameras this morning. Here are some pics of it feasting on a 3 week old kittiwake chick. What an incredible bird. There have been quite a lot of kittiwake chicks this year - and they are just starting to fledge. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Dissappearing kittiwakes, gannets galore, and the trouble with fishing line...

    A wet and windy day at the Mull... and sad news - the kittiwake chicks that we had such high hopes for (yes the same one as I blogged about 5 days ago, plus younger sibling), dissappeared half way through the day. The parent kittiwake seemed as baffled as us, all afternoon she/he kept looking around...
  • Blog Post: UFOs at the Mull

    We’ve had reports of some UFOs on the reserve at the Mull over the past couple of weeks – people have popped into the visitor centre with puzzled expressions on their faces. Their cameras contained photographs of nondescript small brownish birds, what on earth could they be? The answer...
  • Blog Post: The noisy neighbours are back

    It has been strangely quiet on the cliffs here at the Mull of Galloway, relatively speaking that is. The kittiwakes have been kicking up a bit of a fuss but their rivals for noisiest cliff edge dwellers have been staying away since their first arrival a few weeks back. I was trying not to fret for my...
  • Blog Post: I saw a hare. Where? There on the roof.

    The other evening as I was leaving the reserve, I saw something that you don’t see everyday – a hare sitting on the roof of the Gallie Craig cafe. Actually it wasn’t a silly as it sounds since the roof is turfed and covered in grass and plants so clearly the hare fancied a meal at the...
  • Blog Post: All Purple and Pink

    There’s a lot of pink and purple things around at the moment – it’s that time of year. I love purple, so I’m happy. As mentioned before we have bell heather, orchids and wild thyme out, but also cross-leaved heath, bloody cranesbill, purple milk-vetch and sea pinks amongst others...
  • Blog Post: BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS: on 17th, 18th and 19th of May, to Mr & Mrs Phalacrocorax Aristotelis...

    ... three very lovely (well, the parents think so anyway) babies. Weight and sex unknown. We have been watching this particular pair of shags for well over a month now, ever since we spotted them building a nest and mating. Three eggs then appeared and we are delighted to announce that all three eggs...
  • Blog Post: Comb and see what's on the beach!

    As usual, I am responsible for the brilliant? pun in the title but this time I have handed over to one of my residential volunteers to write this blog. Our volunteers come in all different 'shapes and sizes', with many different skills and backgrounds. However, they invariably have one thing...
  • Blog Post: The Mull hits the top of the charts with 'Good Migrations'

    I knew it: I shouldn't have taken leave last week. We've been expecting to see great swathes of birds passing through the Mull on their annual migration southward and it all got going last week while I was away. My colleague Paul had the good fortune to be on the reserve and we were very lucky...
  • Blog Post: RSPB Mull of Galloway open for visitors this weekend!

    I'm delighted to announce that the RSPB visitor centre will be open for the 2014 season as from today, Sunday 9 March! It will be open 10am - 5pm Thursday - Monday during March and every day from April onwards when I should have a team mate and volunteers to help staff the visitor centre. We were...
  • Blog Post: Day of Happiness at the Mull

    Today is the first day of spring and also the United Nations Day of Happiness ! It's grand to be celebrating both of those occasions here at the Mull of Galloway. It has been a blustery day here but even if all the wildlife is sheltering from the weather there is always something impressive to catch...
  • Blog Post: Bottoms up!

    I've been back at the Mull for exactly one month and it has been an eventful month on and near to the reserve. Lambing has now finished at the Mull Farm so as you pass the fields on your way up to the reserve, you'll notice the fields are full of sheep and bouncy lambs. There's also been...
  • Blog Post: What's about in April

    There is some catching up to do in our first sightings blog of the month, much to tell. Now that we have another member of staff at the Mull plus residential volunteers we should be able to put out more frequent sightings reports. Here's what's been happening so far this month: On the cliffs...
  • Blog Post: ...and a partridge at the lighthouse!

    I've been away from the reserve for a few days but I can tell from flicking through the sightings book that many birds are still on the move. Large numbers of swallows and martin s overhead at the weekend, twenty plus wheatears on the reserve last Friday. The Mull is superb for watching passage migration...
  • Blog Post: The Wood of Glee

    I am employing supermarket tactics - you know, when you troop along to Aisle 7, halfway down and find not the teabags you were expecting but something completely different which looks very tempting and ends up in your shopping basket? It's just that I've managed to fit in a couple of visits to...
  • Blog Post: A few words from our newest volunteer Ellie

    Hi, I’m Ellie! I arrived at the Mull of Galloway on Sunday 4 th May, where I will be a residential volunteer for two weeks. On my arrival driving along through the South Rhins in the sunshine I saw gannets diving into the sea and oystercatchers sitting on the sea wall just outside Drummore. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...