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  • 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...
  • 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: 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: ...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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...