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  • Blog Post: National Meadows Day

    It's the 1 st July and the weather can only get better – surely? Look down on the ground at Dungeness though and you will spot an array of brightly coloured wildlife. Wildflowers are blooming with lots of different types and colours of vetch out in the fields, buttercups, Nottingham catchfly...
  • Blog Post: Letter to Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform

    Letter to Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform RSPB Scotland has always believed that, because nature transcends national boundaries, it needs cross-border co-operation to protect it and a common set of international standards that enable it to thrive. Regardless of...
  • Blog Post: Poster: Midsummer - WE 24th June 2016

  • Blog Post: Dungeness news 24th June 2016

    Work has been undertaken at Lade Pits this week, cutting back the bramble to create clearer pathways for our visitors. We are taking a much more active approach to the management of the site to enhance the reserve for visitors and wildlife. We ask you kindly not to fish, boat or swim at the lakes in...
  • Blog Post: Seabirds of the Forth

    Allison Leonard is a warden with RSPB Scotland who looks after five reserves in Central Scotland, including the Forth Islands Fidra and Inchmickery. Allison brings us this update on how different seabirds are faring in the Forth this year and tells us about a couple of exciting opportunities for you...
  • Forum Thread: Resident attacking birds and habitat - advice needed

    Location: St Pauls Park Bristol BS29JR, the Places For People (Housing Association) properties adjacent. There is a thriving bird community in the park and the gardens of the properties. One neighbour has been feeding the birds for years, I have been feeding them for less than a year. There are over...
  • Blog Post: Little gulls at RSPB Scotland Loch of Strathbeg

    This summer we were able to confirm that the smallest species of gull in the world, the little gull, is nesting with an egg at RSPB Scotland Loch of Strathbeg. It's the first confirmed breeding attempt for little gulls in Scotland ever. Kath Hamper, who works on our north east coastal reserves team...
  • Blog Post: End of May 2016 - more like 'flaming June'.

    26th May. Overcast day with slight drizzle after lunch. Did not inhibit the birds however. Tawny Owl seen flying and lots of young birds about. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS. Visitor - Oystercatcher in front of the hide. Stonechat (3 or more) by the farm and off the boardwalk. NVH - Snipe chipping in...
  • Blog Post: I can hear the grass grow

    Hi, I’m Bernie Bell. I got in touch with RSPB Scotland after reading a piece in the organisation’s recent magazine, Scotland news, about the importance of wildflower meadows in the conservation of the great yellow bumblebee. I live on Orkney, where gardening can be difficult, but with a bit...
  • Blog Post: Review - Sunny days of mid-May 2016

    9th May. Hot sunny day but with a strong easterly wind blowing. Goldfinch. Lots of Green-veined White Butterflies flying today. Red Admiral on the Lonning. Large Red Damselfly, male. Grey Heron on wetlands. Cattle on the saltmarsh with high tide roost beyond. Moorhen...
  • Forum Thread: Blackbird collecting food

    This was taken in my garden too, hes on his second brood of chicks. Gathering food is a joy to watch as you feel great your helping the survival of the chicks.
  • Forum Thread: What are folks thoughts about Birds of Prey exhibitions?

    What do folks think about birds of prey and their exhibitions? Are there reservations on here? I love photographing them but do have some concerns. Here is a recent photo. https://arcticterntalk.org/2016/06/05/wipe-your-beak-peregrine-falcon/
  • Blog Post: Springwatch has sprung!

    Springwatch is back and better than ever. And with the amount of preparation that has gone in it should be the best one yet! We’re now on day four and there looks to be some fantastic sights in store (my favourite is the golden eagle nest). It started in 2005 and has gone from strength to strength...
  • Blog Post: Poster - Lesser Whitethroat.

  • Forum Thread: Bittern Photo Taken at Minsmere.

    My Best Photo I was So pleased with this Photo, Bittern Taken at minsmere on Good Friday. 2016
  • Blog Post: Dungeness weekly update 27th May 2016

    What a busy week on the reserve! It’s been gull mania here with a glaucous gull seen today on Burrowes pit by Makepeace hide and a laughing gull seen there yesterday too! Another sea bird highlight this week was the gull-billed tern, spotted over Burrowes on Sunday. Other bird highlights...
  • Forum Thread: My Swallow Migration Animation!

    Hello all! Seeing as the swallows have come back or comming back from Africa from their great migraion, here is my animation in contribution to their return! Any feedback would be awesome, but if not, sit back and enjoy the short video! If the attached link doesn't work, you can use this one https...
  • Blog Post: Poster: Recent sightings, 9th - 20th May 2016

  • Blog Post: Weekly update 20th May

    The reserve is alive with the sights, sounds and smells of summer! All we need now is the hot, cloudless days to go with it. Swifts, swallows, sand martins and hobbies all race through the air above our heads as we walk the trail. Our gorgeous yellow flag iris is out now attracting a variety of bees...
  • Blog Post: Five facts you should know about nuthatches

    Five facts you should know about nuthatches Nuthatches were once restricted largely to south-eastern England but, during the 20th century, they started spreading north. Nuthatches started breeding regularly in Scotland only in 1989. If you have them visiting your garden, or you've seen them at...
  • Blog Post: Early May sightings

    2nd May. Rained during the morning. Sunshine and showers after lunch. Male Bullfinch put in an appearance to brighten up the day . . . . . . with a female close behind. MP reported: " 70 Black-tailed Godwits viewable from the hide - a bit distant but looking superb despite the...
  • Blog Post: Notes on nature: Rover and out

    Last month, you may remember that we told you all about a pair of robins that had decided to build their nest inside the dashboard of a vintage Land Rover. Well, like a proud father, I'm happy to report that the plucky pair successfully fledged five chicks from the interior of the fully-functional...
  • Forum Thread: HELP! URGENT! Coot/Moorhen eggs! How to incubate?

    There is a lake in my garden and lots of ducks, coots and moorhens have settled to breed. There are around 12 mallard ducklings already, which have been adopted by a coot funnily enough. They are living on a floating duck house we got a few years ago. The mother duck keeps going back there to try and...
  • Blog Post: Dungeness update 13th May

    Today our eyes and ears of the reserve scouted a black necked grebe showing breeding behaviour on Burrowes pit and a red kite flying over Denge Marsh. I was out on the reserve today, checking our trails and hides. I was lucky enough to spot a sedge warbler and had fantastic views of common and black...
  • Blog Post: How did nature do in the elections?

    The election results are in and the new MSPs are gathering in Holyrood. How did nature and the environment do? They didn’t grab the headlines, but in numerous hustings across Scotland organised by RSPB Scotland, Environment Link and our partners, candidates were put through their paces. The Hustings...