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  • Blog Post: August is now upon us.

    1st August. Had rained overnight but the cloud cleared enough to photograph the 'Blue' moon at 3am. Strictly a 'blue' moon is the 2nd of two full moons occurring in one calendar month - which this one was when it rose earlier. At 1.16pm we watched a Southern Hawker fly about briefly...
  • Blog Post: Gardening for wildlife

    Whether you've got a balcony, a small patch of grass or a large garden you could be setting up a vital refuge for wildlife! Here are some tips from us on gardening for wildlife to help get you started or to expand on what you're already doing. Gardening for wildlife If you’re lucky...
  • Blog Post: Changing times

    16th July. After a dull start to the day, the afternoon brightened up with a slight SE wind. It became quite hot and John recorded a Speckled Wood flying over the field drain in our garden. He later saw two more flying between the garden and the saltmarsh. Speckled Wood on grasses over a field...
  • Blog Post: A winning visit to Abernethy

    Kirsty Potter from RSPB Scotland, has this update from the lucky winners of our competition with Walkers Shortbread. Justin and Susan went on a spectacular guided safari at our Abernethy reserve and shared the stories of the day with us. A winning visit to Abernethy On Saturday 11 July our Walkers...
  • Forum Thread: Photo story.

    Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Marcus Harvey, I am a photographer working in London and I am looking for candidates to take part in a photographic essay I wish to undertake. I have contacted the RSPB about this and they have advised me that the best way to contact people is on this forum...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month VIII

    We can’t quite believe it’s August already. It feels like we’ve only just finished talking about Scotland’s fantastic summer visitors and now they’re up and leaving again! But don’t worry; there is still plenty to see this month. Here are some tips and facts from us...
  • Blog Post: In search of seabirds: A date with nature on the Firth of Forth

    Jess Barrett from RSPB Scotland tells us all about her recent date with nature on the Firth of Forth. In search of seabirds : A date with nature on the Firth of Forth Through RSPB Scotland’s Dates with Nature people can get up close to some of the amazing wildlife we have across the country...
  • Blog Post: Butterfly Days of Summer - 1st week in July.

    1st July. Hot weather, although thundery, made a good start for the month in that it brought out the butterflies in the sunshine: Red Admirals, Large Whites, Small Tortoiseshells, Large Skippers and Peacocks could all be seen. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS. S.P x 2 - Pair of Sedge Warblers, Stonechat, Buzzard...
  • Blog Post: Orkney: Where to go and what to see

    James Silvey, RSPB Scotland's Nature Recovery Officer, has this fantastic new travel blog about the wonderful wildlife sights of Orkney. Orkney: Where to go and what to see This June I was lucky enough to visit the Northern Isles of Orkney with the aim of carrying out a spring survey for the...
  • Forum Thread: SKUA seen near the LITTLE TERN COLONY at Gronant

    Was at Rhyl on Thursday and saw hundreds of juvenile Skua coming ashore with the afternoon high tide. They were forcing Black Backed Gulls to feed them and to give up their food. At Gronant at the similar afternoon high tide yesterday hundreds more were coming ashore right along side the Little Tern...
  • Blog Post: End of June - this was more like summer!

    27th June. Bright and sunny - very warm with a brisk southerly wind. 11.20 am. 102 Common Gulls (22 juveniles amongst them) and 6 Shelduck out on the mudflats. 11.45 - 2.45pm. Had a walk round the Blue Route calling in at the hide for a while. Saw a Whitethroat along the hedge near Bushcraft...
  • Blog Post: Earth, Wind, and Tyres

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, is back with an update on the For The Love Of campaign, following his mammoth cycle from Edinburgh to London! Earth, Wind, and Tyres One month ago, four staff from RSPB Scotland (including me) arrived by bicycle at Westminster for...
  • Blog Post: A couple of days in late June.

    24th June. After a dull start the day gradually brightened up with a light SW wind. LOGGBOOK sightings. 4 Visitors - Heard a Grasshopper Warbler, Pheasant, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Bullfinch, Coal Tit, Buzzard, Skylark, Swallows, Cabbage Whites, Oystercatcher, Two Great Spotted Woodpecker...
  • Blog Post: Discover Troup Head: Spectacular seabirds and stunning sea views

    RSPB East Scotland communications officer, Kirsty Nutt, explains why she loves the Aberdeenshire coast and why this is the perfect time to visit and experience the spectacular seabird colonies and stunning sea views. Discover Troup Head: Spectacular seabirds and stunning sea views Last Thursday...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month VII

    We traditionally think of spring as the time of year when new life emerges in the wildlife world, but that carries into summer too, and this is when we’re more likely to actually see it. Here are some of our suggestions for what to look out for in July. What to see in Scotland this month VII...
  • Blog Post: Early June review.

    1st June. A cold strong SW wind was blowing for most of the day with intermittent sunshine and showers.. Swallows were hunting in the lea of trees in the hamlet, until the rain cleared later. A pair of Pied Wagtails were also hunting - coming back and forth with beaksfull of insects. Swallows...
  • 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: My Local Patch

    Willowbeck - my little patch. My local patch is not in the middle of the countryside. It doesn’t have a serene babbling brook where only dippers can be seen bobbing on the rocks scattered through it. It doesn’t have a pristine, native woodland towering up to the sky, where pied flycatchers...
  • 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...
  • 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...