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  • Blog Post: Crook of Baldoon: building a nature reserve II

    The second installment of the Crook of Baldoon story from RSPB Scotland's Jenny Tweedie. RSPB Scotland purchased a piece of land known as Crook of Baldoon six years ago and this is how we've been transforming it into a haven for wildlife ever since. Our work here could not have been achieved...
  • Blog Post: Where next for Scottish farming?

    Farming is, and always has been, a regular theme in my working life. Whether I’m meeting those who lead Scotland’s National Farmers Union or challenging politicians and senior civil servants on the decisions they make on agriculture policy, wildlife friendly farming is at the heart of those...
  • Forum Thread: Big Garden Birdwatch

    The day before the official birdwatch, I was watching the sparrows on my bird feeder. They were joined by a goldfinch. It held its own - fending off the sparrows that tried to dislodge it. Then a sparrowhawk alighted in our silver birch tree and all the little birds fled. Needless to say, when I did...
  • Blog Post: Icy blasts and wintery weather!

    8th January. Rained most of the day but still cold.. There had been snow showers overnight on high ground: looking across the Solway, the Scottish hills were snow-capped. There was a flurry of garden birds eager to top up from the feeders. An interesting article appeared in Birdguides: British...
  • Media: Green Woodpecker /1

    Green Woodpeckers Sunday 24th January 'The Grange CL' Tibenham.
  • Blog Post: Cheerful chirps and boisterous behaviour

    Jenny Tweedie, from RSPB Scotland, brings you this blog on how house sparrows are fairing in Scotland and a helpful guide on telling the different types of sparrow apart in time for this year's Big Garden Birdwatch! Cheerful chirps and boisterous behaviour With their cheerful chirps, and boisterous...
  • Blog Post: What delights doth the New Year bring!

    New Year's Day Although a cold and quite dull day, the Reserve was brimming with hardy soles enjoying the great outdoors after the Christmas break. 'Col' reported having seen a female/juv Marsh Harrier from the hide. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS NVH - Marsh Harrier perched in front of the LH...
  • Blog Post: Crook of Baldoon: building a nature reserve

    Have you ever wondered how nature reserves come to be? RSPB Scotland purchased a piece of land known as Crook of Baldoon six years ago and this is the story of how we've been transforming it into a haven for wildlife ever since. If you enjoy part I, look out for part II - we'll be posting it...
  • Blog Post: Unsettled end to December.

    23rd December. Stormy conditions with a very strong SW wind blowing all night. The wind had not abated by the morning and continued most of the day - interspersed with hail showers. Certainly a lot colder! At 9 am small groups of Barnacles started to trickle by, flooded off their roosts further...
  • Blog Post: Mild Mid-December Diary.

    14th December A mild pleasant day, if not a little dull. Aerial flights of waders - mostly Dunlin, dominated the stretch of marsh from the Viaduct to Scargavel Point - with plenty of activity on bird feeders in the area. A peaceful scene at high tide as Shovelers came sailing by. Aerial...
  • Blog Post: A New Years resolution

    Every year we say wouldn’t it be lovely to have a proper access road to the reserve, and past years we have made do with a potholed surface that’s rather a challenge to drive down at times! 2016 will be the year that we do something about this and ta-da! We have contractors in this week to...
  • Blog Post: Get those wellies on!

    If you have been keeping an eye on these recent sightings blogs, you will be aware of the amount of water we have had recently. With a further down pour over the last few days we have had to close the path to Tim Jackson and Grisedale hides. The rest of the hides are accessible in wellies , so It’s...
  • Blog Post: Five facts you need to know about gannets

    Five facts you need to know about gannets Gannets are Scotland’s, and indeed Britain’s, largest seabird. The specific type found here is the northern gannet, identifiable by its bright white plumage, long neck and beak, and distinctive black wing tips. Northern gannets come to Scotland...
  • Blog Post: Five facts you should know about goldcrests

    Five facts you should know about goldcrests Goldcrests are relatively common in Scotland with something like 750,000 individuals nesting here, and up to three million covering the country as far north as Shetland in winter. They’re hyperactive little birds that always seem to be on the move...
  • Blog Post: A good showing of wintering wildfowl and waders.

    10 12 15 - a large accumulation of wildfowl on the wetlands - as seen from the hide late afternoon. Since the beginning of the month, which according to the meteorological calendar is the start of winter, good numbers of wintering waders : Oystercatchers, Dunlin, Curlew, Golden and Grey Plover - wildfowl...
  • Blog Post: Birds of Scotland: a year in numbers

    Birds of Scotland: a year in numbers Each year RSPB Scotland monitors, counts and records birds like puffins, corncrakes and kittiwakes right across the country to find out how populations are doing, and to identify which species might need more help. We’ve had some good results this year, and...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month XII

    So here we are, the final month of the year. Everyone’s probably focused on Christmas by now but surely there’s time to squeeze in a spot of wildlife watching too – maybe even during a relaxing Boxing Day walk? What to see in Scotland this month XII Have you ever noticed the fascinating...
  • Blog Post: How robins cornered the Christmas market

    The poster-bird of countless Christmas cards, December is the robin’s time in the spotlight. But robins aren’t just for Christmas. Because they rarely move far from where they’ve hatched and, generally speaking, don’t migrate , they’re with us all year round – and...
  • Blog Post: Miserable weather but a few good sightings

    A black throated diver was seen flying and diving on Burrowes pit all day today. A grey wagtail was also seen flying over the access track. The long-eared owl is still here in his favourite roosting spot by the dipping pond. Peregrines, buzzards and marsh harriers have also been seen today! Lovely :...
  • Blog Post: High tides and all that!

    High tides east of the Viaduct, Campfield Marsh There has been a certain amount of excitement in air here at Campfield over the last few days. The highest tides of the month have added an extra dimension to our birdwatching. Today’s high water of 9.8m at 12.41pm with a strong south-westerly...
  • Forum Thread: Days 3 & 4 Leighton Moss rspb

    We had two fantastic days at Leighton Moss rspb in Silverdale, Cumbria despite the floods ! Much of the reserve was difficult to explore being underwater to such a degree that you needed wellington boots to get through, however, for most part I concentrated on photographing the smaller birds which will...
  • Blog Post: Why I’m Marching

    When I join the thousands of people on the Meadows in Edinburgh this Saturday, we will all be marching to press the case for firm global action on the climate of our shared world. I hope to be joined by my daughter and her one month old son, my grandson. It‘s for his future we will be banding together...
  • Blog Post: Working across the flyway to save birds like the curlew

    Conservation Adviser for RSPB Scotland, Dan Brown, tells us about the status of the curlew in the UK and the work that needs to be done to safeguard the future of this bird. Working across the flyway to save birds like the curlew Migratory birds undertake truly awe-inspiring journeys. The long...
  • Blog Post: Splendid sightings of mid-October - diary.

    Barnacles flying west past Campfield Marsh. 13th October. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS D B - Rogersceugh arable field, 30 Tree Sparrows and 35 Reed Buntings. David J - Meadow in front of the hide - male Hen Harrier. 15th October. A calm colder day with some sunshine. Today's highwater...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at Dungeness 12th-20th November

    We've had some lovely sightings this week with a Dusky warbler being seen today and yesterday. A Dartford warbler has been present on site all week as well. Smew are still being sighted on Burrowes pit everyday and we have had some arrivals from Brent geese and Bewick's swans. Kingfishers have...