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  • Blog Post: Dungeness update 29th July 2016

    Dungeness has been basked in glorious sunshine over the last few weeks, bringing out all sorts of exciting and wonderful wildlife. Bees, butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies have all been whizzing about. Crickets are chirping in the long grass, flowers are blooming and baby animals from tufted ducks...
  • Blog Post: Getting ready for Birdfair

    Last week I encouraged everyone to come along to Birdfair, hosted each year in August at the famous Rutland Water Nature reserve, run by our partner the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust. Directions to Birdfair can be found here . I am confident you will want enjoy every bit of Birdfair...
  • Forum Thread: Possibly a mistle thrush??

    Just sat outside on patio this morning and got a couple of shots (not perfect) of a possible mistle thrush? I'm new to identifying some birds so if I've got it wrong my apologies xx
  • Forum Thread: new to birds and loving it here xxx

    i didn`t know i liked birds this much, i can plan to be in my garden just for a few minutes with my camera and before i know it a couple of hours have passed and i`ve got 1 or 2 good shots...just watching them has had a amazing affect on me. I am naturally loud, bubbly and brash person maybe but not...
  • Blog Post: Poster - Week ending 22nd July 2016

  • Forum Thread: Well pleased.

    A nice Bittern photo taken at Minsmere
  • Blog Post: A sea of birds

    The Scottish Government has recently put forward 10 marine sites to be official designated as protected areas for the seabirds that use them. A public consultation is open now, to get your views about whether they need to be protected. We will be responding and asking that they are all designated as...
  • Blog Post: Some highlights -12th to 30th June 2016.

    A rural scene across the Buttercup meadows.. As the warm weather continued, although with some rainfall, young birds and butterflies were very much in evidence on the Reserve. Young Tree Sparrows, Chaffinches, Blue; Great and Coal Tits were numerous. Greenfinch (3 juvs), Bullfinch(3 juvs), Robins...
  • Blog Post: Join the RSPB at this year's Birdfair

    In one month's time tens of thousands of birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts will be flocking to Birdfair , the largest gathering of nature and bird enthusiasts in the world. It is also a meeting place for many wildlife focussed NGOs and all of the outdoor and nature associated industries –...
  • Blog Post: Harry Potter and the RSPB T-shirt competition

    Harry Potter puns? They can Slytherin to any conversation... It’s been five long years since the last Potter film came out. Nine since the last book. But lately fans were granted a longed-for invitation back to the wizarding world thanks to The Cursed Child , a new West End play based on an...
  • Forum Thread: Melodic magpie song?

    Hi all, I heard a rich, melodic bird call in our garden today. It almost sounded like a blackbird, but when I looked up to where the call was coming from, I saw a magpie, probably a young one. Bird guides often refer to the typical clacking, clattering magpie call. Just wondering if anyone else has...
  • Forum Thread: Hey everyone

    I visited Burton Mere for the first time on Saturday and signed up to become a member of the RSPB. I am a young..ish amateur and hopeful wildlife photographer just getting started :) I had a great time at Burton Mere seeing a variety of Gulls, Ducks, Egrets, Spoonbills and a Buzzard with some good...
  • Blog Post: Gamebird hunting: why we’re supporting calls ­for it to be regulated

    The Scottish Raptor Study Group has recently lodged a petition with the Scottish Parliament calling for a licensing system to be introduced for gamebird hunting in Scotland. We, at RSPB Scotland, fully support it and we’d like you to support it too. Read our blog to find out why we think it’s...
  • Forum Thread: Need Help Identifying This Bird?

    (First off, apologies if this is in the wrong place!) For the last few weeks in the evenings and through the night I've been able to hear what I assume is a bird in my garden. It sounds almost like a squeaky toy and I've never heard it before until recently. Nobody who lives here has any idea...
  • Blog Post: Poster - Recent Sightings, Week ending 2nd July 2016.

  • Blog Post: Early June 2016 - Archive of further sightings.

    After a cold windy start, 'flaming' June dominated the first half of the month, giving birds a good chance to rear their young successfully. 1st June. Tawny Owl heard hooting round the Centre, spotted in the hamlet orchard. Recently fledged Chaffinch in the rain. It had been...
  • Blog Post: How a bioblitz can help save nature

    How a bioblitz can help save nature Amber Jenkins, RSPB Scotland’s Community Green Space Officer in Edinburgh, gives us the run down on the recent Edinburgh bioblitz and why events like this are so important for connecting people to nature. I think a lot of us are probably guilty of...
  • 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: Butterflies, Wildflowers and Hay Meadows - 25th June 2016

    Having chatted with the volunteers on duty today at the Wetlands Centre and armed with the latest sightings on the Reserve - the Discovery Field, with its wildflower meadows, seemed to be the most attractive option. Birds generally, had stopped singing and were getting on with rearing their young...
  • 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...