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  • 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
  • Blog Post: Poster - Week ending 22nd July 2016

  • 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 –...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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: Poster: Midsummer - WE 24th June 2016

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Poster - Lesser Whitethroat.

  • 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...
  • 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...