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  • Blog Post: For the love of... Dunes

    RSPB Scotland Nature Recovery Officer, James Silvey, has this new blog on climate change and the wildlife that could be lost to it. For the love of... Dunes At school in the 90’s it was called global warming, the planet was heating up and cartoons showed the earth trapped, sweating in a greenhouse...
  • Blog Post: It's all kicking off! - This weeks recent sightings.

    Seems like the summer migrant plug has been pulled this week! Every time I go out on site there has been a new warbler singing from a different corner of the reserve or more hirundines hawking over the wetlands. House martins, sand martins and swallows are all daily occurrences and surely it won’t...
  • Blog Post: Why not try the 'Red Route'- certainly a walk with a difference!

    . . . and so we did. The day had dawned bright and sunny, with virtually no wind - a change from the uncertain weather of the last week or so! A good day to explore the new extension to the existing routes across the farmland. This addition would take us out from the new loop walk (the Yellow Route)...
  • Forum Thread: Wildlife heroes Dove Step for nature...

    On the 18th April 2015 a team of seven friends will embark on their second journey for Turtle Doves. Having covered the core UK breeding range of Turtle Dove through 300 miles of England in 2014, the team are now turning their attention to the Turtle Dove’s Afro-European migratory route. This year...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month IV

    Better late than never as the old saying goes. Here's our blog on the wildlife to look out for across Scotland in April. What to see in Scotland this month IV Personally I don’t think there are many good reasons to get up and out of the house before dawn. If someone mentions it, my first...
  • Blog Post: One day brightened up what turned out to be a dull end to March.

    25th March . . . and this was it. Inspite of the low temperatures overnight, the morning dawned sunny. A walk onto the Reserve saw Stephen with the digger installing a table near the new pond for ponding dipping purposes. Lesser celandine, which like sunny conditions, were flowering now - such a cheerful...
  • Blog Post: A first for the reserve

    After organising the black grouse co-ordinated lek count this morning, Ian Ryding (Farmland Warden) was on the way back to the office when he found a little egret near Tindale Tarn. Record shot of the little egret on Stagsike Meadow (Adam Moan) The bird flew onto the meadow in front of the office...
  • Blog Post: How do birds acquire their summer plumage?

    The sun is shining and the birds are singing - spring is most definitely here. It is a time of year when everything around us is changing in nature - wildflowers are emerging to add a splash of colour to the countryside, leaves are returning on the tress, and birds are starting to nest. In order to breed...
  • Blog Post: Travel the Trossachs

    Jenny Tweedie, from RSPB Scotland, has this new blog on The Great Trossachs Path opening between Callander and Inversnaid. Travel the Trossachs I’m probably not what you might call massively outdoorsy. I love nature, and I love being out in nature, but I don’t particularly like having...
  • Blog Post: Photo diary, 19th - 24th March 2015

    Here are a few highlights when this page was closed due to RSPB maintenance work. 19th March. A morning of thick mist developed into a sunny still afternoon. A Buff-tailed Bumblebee was seen buzzing round the hamlet gardens in the sunshine.. Queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee. 20th March. ...
  • Media: Little Grebe - 5th April 2015

    Seen on Meadow Pools.
  • Blog Post: Happy Easter!

    After the wet and stormy weather of the last few days, yesterday dawned calm and sunny. We felt some exploration of the marsh was in order after the recent ravages of the strong winds and high tides. So, setting forth along the marsh road which satisfyingly overlooks the estuary, we were most gratified...
  • Blog Post: John’s ramble round the new loop walk on a sunny Spring afternoon – 19th March 2015

    Broken Willow - pond above the Wetlands Discovery Zone. Starting along the Lonning from the Wetlands Centre, there were lots of colourful Teal in front of the 1 st Meadow Pool screen. At the 2 nd screen on the right, a Teal was being harassed by a very irate Little Grebe, huffing and puffing and throwing...
  • Blog Post: Most people get climate change – are you one of them?

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, is back with another blog on the For The Love Of...campaign that we are part of. Most people get climate change – are you one of them? It's time to start thinking that the vast majority of people do get climate change after...
  • Media: Great Spotted Woodpecker

    Great Spotted Woodpecker at the feeders
  • Blog Post: March news from the Reserve and environs.

    A wintery start to the month with snow showers along the Solway. 2nd March. Fairly strong cold westerly wind producing snow showers of blizzard proportions on occasions. However the snow didn't lay for long. Good numbers of tits, finches and tree sparrows were feeding avidly at the various...
  • Media: Little egret fishing

    Egret with a small dace instead of the usual stickleback.
  • Blog Post: Trip out to the Solway in late afternoon sunshine - 11th March 2015

    Thank you Mike Porter for this contribution:- "Nice trip out to Solway in yesterday's late afternoon sunshine. Thousands of Pinkfeet in fields either side of road between Whitrigg and Anthorn - very calm and settled. Stroll out to Campfield hide where it was good to see several Pintails...
  • Blog Post: High Spring tides of 22 - 23 February, 2015 - a pictorial account

    Large cumulus clouds - a precursor of things to come perhaps! ( 21 2 15). 22nd February Whereas the height of the high tide forecast had been greater during the previous few days( up to 10.3 m), the SW winds had not been so strong. Today, however, strong NW gales pushed the water well over the...
  • Blog Post: Visit to the Reserve on a Spring day

    Thank you John Howard (from Hawick) for recounting your visit today (4/3/15) and sending photos below: "What a nice change today after the stormy weather of the last few days. While the wind was moderate and still cool it was nice to see the sun. It was this that tempted me to spend the afternoon...
  • Forum Thread: Tawny owls now on eggs

    Tawny owls now have four eggs due too hatch around 31st march,there is 2 live cam windows too view inside and exterior you can click and view the two together if you don't full screen. lots of songbirds building now also you will see on the live cams,longtailed tit,blackbird and a robin cam shortly...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month III

    The nights are getting lighter and signs of spring seem to be on everyone’s mind this month. To celebrate here’s a collection of some of the great wildlife you can see in Scotland in March. What to see in Scotland this month III Puffin, Dean Bricknell Signs of spring – that’s...
  • Blog Post: Sightings from the Reserve - 4th March

    Thanks John Howard for the following observation after visiting the Reserve mid afternoon:- " I met a man who said he had just seen a Yellowhammer but it didn't show itself for me. I then went and spent a couple of hours in the hide and while there were plenty of ducks in view, I didn't...
  • Blog Post: Movement on a high Spring tide - 20 2 15

    T'was a beautful sunny morning with a strongish SW wind. Long before the high tide, skeins of Barnacles had been coming along the Estuary. It was forecast to be a 10.3 m tide - one of the highest of the year but the SW wind probably would not push it too far up the marsh. Skeins of Barnacles...
  • Blog Post: For the love of the next generation

    RSPB Scotland conservation manager Stuart Benn is back with a new blog - this time about bird watching in the Highlands and the For The Love Of campaign. For the love of the next generation I've blogged before about A Focus on Nature – an absolutely brilliant organisation committed to...