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  • Blog Post: New man about town

    It’s been a busy week at the Mull of Galloway as our nesting season continues. The cliffs have been a hive of activity with Shags continuing to collect nesting material to construct their elaborate nests. Many more eggs have been laid- including another one which can be seen from the RSPB visitor...
  • Blog Post: Gawk at an Auk

    Guillemot and razorbill numbers have vastly increased in the last week. These distinguished looking seabirds are members of a group of birds known as Auks, which also includes the black guillemot, little auk and the Atlantic puffin. Guillemot and razorbill both lay a single egg per pair on the bare rocks...
  • Blog Post: Spring arrivals

    Activity on and around the cliffs is slowly building with numbers of kittiwake , razorbill and guillemot increasing day by day. Fulmar and gannet are frequently spotted soaring over the water and shags have been busy gathering material to construct their nests, some already sitting on eggs. Photo...
  • Blog Post: We're back!!!

    The RSPB visitor centre at the Mull of Galloway opened last Friday- just in time for Easter. With an eggciting Easter egg hunt planned alongside other fun activities ran by the Mull of Galloway Trust, it was set to be an enjoyable weekend. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be with strong winds and wild...
  • Blog Post: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5....666!

    It’s been another busy week on the RSPB Mull of Galloway as migrating birds travel past on their long perilous journeys to their wintering grounds. Each day we record several hundred Skylark, Linnets and Meadow Pipits as they fly past the reserve travelling south. Just yesterday (14.10.15) we recorded...
  • Blog Post: Bottlenose Dolphins

    Harbour Porpoise are a regular sighting on the RSPB Mull of Galloway however at around 3:30pm from outside the visitor centre we could hear some splashing. Quickly running towards the edge of the cliffs (not too fast!) we were lucky to have amazing views of over 30 BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS! We watched them...
  • Blog Post: Mull of Galloway Migrations

    As the day draws to a close we start to review our visible migration festival- and what a day it was! This is the first time we have run this event so we were anxious to ensure the winds were from the right direction and that there was plenty to see. We were not disappointed! We began our visible...
  • Blog Post: Bustling with Birds

    The Mull of Galloway is bustling with birds at the minute as the autumn migration gets underway. Our location is fantastic for spotting migrating birds as they begin their journey South to their winter grounds. Many birds will stop off on the reserve to refuel and with lots of insects, moths and butterflies...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend

    This weekend the RSPB Mull of Galloway has celebrated the International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend in conjunction with the Mull of Galloway Community Trust. Numerous talks have taken place in the RSPB visitor centre ranging from U-boats and shipping losses along the Wigtownshire Coast during WW1 to...
  • Blog Post: Birds and the Bees

    The first Kittiwake chicks have fledged on the Mull of Galloway just last week, with many more on the cliffs, stretching their wings and preparing to fly the nest. The poor weather delayed the seabird nesting season on the reserve and many of our birds suffered due to strong westerly winds. The Kittiwakes...
  • 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...