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  • Blog Post: A pyramid of grey granite rimmed with 70,000 gannets

    Kat Jones, from RSPB Scotland, has this fantastic new blog about monitoring seabirds on one of our most spectacular and least accessible reserves. A pyramid of grey granite rimmed with 70,000 gannets Ailsa Craig is one of RSPB Scotland's most spectacular and least accessible reserves. Each...
  • Blog Post: A mid-summer walk, 23rd June

    It had dawned a bright sunny day – perfect for a walk around the Red Route. So starting out through the Discovery field which Stephen had recently mown a wide track through. We were amazed at the number of different flowers now coming up in the Wildflower Meadow. Bumblebees and butterflies were...
  • Blog Post: Campfield Bioblitz - 29 to 30th May 2015. A personal perspective.

    As part of the 24 hour BioBlitz which started at 7pm on Friday night, I arrived at the Wetlands Centre to collect a recording form and get the lie of the land. Norman was manning the Bioblittz Hub at the Centre, already set out with a bank of microscopes, computers and heaving with identification books...
  • Blog Post: Recent Great Spotted Woodpecker activity.

  • Blog Post: Marine Protection in Scotland

    Allan Whyte, RSPB Scotland Marine Policy Officer, gives us an update on MPAs in Scotland. A Quick Update about Marine Protection in Scotland I’m really glad to say we have some positive news on Scotland’s marine environment. Some of the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that were designated...
  • Blog Post: Sightings towards the end of May.

    17th May Strong north-westerly wind blowing. High tide about midday running at 9.5 m LOGBOOK ENTRIES Whimbrel, Blacktailed Godwit, Lapwing, Heron, Willow Warbler, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, Canada Goose. 18th May Much warmer today although the NW wind was brisk with sunshine and some hail...
  • Blog Post: Hidden Gems - Wildlife Species in the UK Often Overlooked

    There are some species in the UK that are completely overlooked, or often, shrugged off as common or even pests. These are the species you never see on posters, or the front cover of nature magazines. The species smeared with the term “common” in the field guides. For some serious naturalists...
  • Media: Big world

    Juvenile Stonechat on Coombe Heath. Taken 7th June 2015.
  • Blog Post: Scotland's most urban nature reserve

    Jenny Tweedie, from RSPB Scotland, has this great new blog on arguably our most urban nature reserve - Baron's Haugh. Scotland’s most urban nature reserve Baron’s Haugh must be RSPB Scotland’s most urban nature reserve. Sandwiched between Motherwell and the M74, it’s...
  • Blog Post: Spotted Flycatcher sighting - 5th June 2015

    Was wandering about our damson orchard, adjacent to Campfield Marsh Reserve, this evening - trying to track down the source of a squeaky, scratchy call with intermittent clicking notes. As young birds are now fledging had thought that perhaps it was one calling for food. However, eventually the call...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month VI

    Do you want to get out and see more of Scotland’s exciting wildlife? Let’s make June the time to do it! Here are some suggestions from us on what to look out for. What to see in Scotland this month VI If you’re a fan of outdoor swimming in Scotland even with our less than toasty...
  • Blog Post: Results of the Big Wildlife Stocktake..

    We had a good day on Saturday doing minibeasting, pond dipping, birdwatching and generally surveying all the wildlife that lives at Rye Meads. A big thank you to all those that participated as we got some really good results and managed to ID a fair few. In the absence of experts in the field of some...
  • Blog Post: For the love of wildlife and cycling

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, has this new blog on what's coming up in the For The Love Of...campaign. For the love of wildlife and cycling If you are a regular reader of this blog you may remember my post about Showing the Love to Nicola Sturgeon on Valentines...
  • Blog Post: Mid May - waders, swallows and damsels . . . amongst others.

    10th MAY At 7.50am on a dull damp morning a group of some 25 Swallows could be seen hawking in front of the hamlet and under the tree at the top of the saltmarsh. Presumably there had been a hatch of insect there and they were taking advantage of the bonus. Link to YouTube video - Swallows Hawking...
  • Blog Post: This weeks recent highlights - chicks a plenty

    The reserve is brimming with the sound of young birds at the moment. Whether it be the first fledgling robins or song thrushes which are now independent of their parents who are busy with a 2 nd brood. Or the high pitched chattery peeps of a family of long-tailed tits as the youngsters learn how to forage...
  • Media: Dinner Time

    Not quite sure what this bird is but it sat lovely for me :-)
  • Blog Post: Recent wildlife.

  • Blog Post: Working and living in Abernethy forest

    Jill Harden is an archaeologist with RSPB Scotland, and is back with this new blog on the fascinating historical features of Abernethy Forest. Working and living in Abernethy forest Opportunities to go out on reserves with colleagues are always time well spent, but visiting with someone from the...
  • Blog Post: Poster of recent sightings

  • Blog Post: Early May - BTGs, Sedges, Buff-tails, Roe Deer . . .

    2nd May. A fine bright early morning with a cold westerly wind. Rain set in about 1.30pm. There were still Barnacles on the Solway! Several skeins of about 30 each flew west along the saltmarsh about 5.50pm. A Song Thrush's melodious tones could be heard coming from the mature trees edging the...
  • Media: Nest Box

    Great Tits feeding young.
  • Blog Post: After a night of heavy rain - what a surprise!

    9th May. The rain was slow to clear but by mid afternoon the sun gradually strug gled through. Having already noted a Reed Bunting singing from the hawthorns on the saltmarsh near the hamlet and a Large Red Damselfly shimmering in the weak rays of the sun, we decided to pay a visit to the Lonning...
  • Forum Thread: Cleaning Out Bird Boxes

    Hi, I have been tasked with looking after some community bird boxes. They were put up about 2 years ago and have never been cleaned out. They look like they are still in good condition (they look to be made out of some composite material and have really weathered well). I'm thinking it would be...
  • Blog Post: A splendid walk round the Loop (Blue route).

    On a brisk but sunny 1st of May, we had a splendid afternoon walk round the 'Loop' route. There was a cold easterly wind blowing which had cleared the sky and transformed the landscape - with a powder blue sky and billowing clouds. Billowing clouds and powder blue sky. As we crossed...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month V

    May is a great month to take up wildlife watching in Scotland. With summer migrants arriving from overseas and the days (that are supposed to be) heating up there is plenty to look out for along our coasts, in our woodlands, and even in our back gardens! What to see in Scotland this month V ...