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A great day out on Auskerry
Last Saturday saw the annual trip to Auskerry, organised by the Orkney RSPB Local Members' Group. The weather was perfect and it proved to be a magical day out for the 11 folk who took part with Alan Leitch, RSPB site manager, leading the group. Harvey Groat's boat, the Charlie-Ann took us from...
4 Jun 2013
Kittiwake breeding colonies on Orkney in sharp decline
I have to say I was saddened but not surprised by the early reports of how the 2012 breeding season has been for our kitttiwakes. The counts reveal a massive 82% decline in the number of breeding kittiwake pairs in just over a decade - from nearly 11,000 pairs in 2000 to under 2,000 this year. I've...
23 Aug 2012
Orkney's seabird cities will be showcased on BBC 2 tomorrow, Thursday 23rd August
Earlier this year we were approached by the BBC's Springwatch team for help in making a Springwatch "special" celebrating the wonderful natural history of our seabirds. The result is a programme to be shown tomorrow on BBC 2 at 9.00pm (and on BBC HD at the same time) which shows our amazing...
22 Aug 2012
A fantastic sunny Sunday afternoon walk up Marwick Head reserve. Red-breasted mergansers, eider ducks and oystercatchers were all gathered in The Choin, a large tidal pool. Skylarks were singing in the fields and on the walk up to the cliff I saw my first wheatears of the year - two smart looking...
4 Apr 2011
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