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  • Blog Post: Scotland must keep its eyes on the prize of truly sustainable fishing

    Scotland must keep its eyes on the prize of truly sustainable fishing We are at a critical turning point for fisheries management in Scotland, but you’d be forgiven for missing that fact. When the end -of -year fisheries negotiations in Brussels concluded in the usual late night scramble...
  • Blog Post: See Peat....Think Rainforest

    RSPB Scotland Conservation Policy Officer, Alexa Morrison, takes a look at what wind farm developer, Scottish Power Renewables is doing to restore peatlands at Black Law wind farm, and why it is so important to protect our peatlands from development impacts in Scotland. See Peat....Think Rainforest...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 19th December

    It's been a slightly odd week of weather, with a balmy 12 degrees on Wednesday night followed by t shirt weather on Thursday (for working outside at least) and now we are warned of cold air coming to East Anglia over the weekend. This weather could push some more wildfowl south during the weekend...
  • Blog Post: Christmas at Rye Meads

    Hey all! Just a quick reminder of the last few events we have running at Rye Meads this year. We're counting down to Father Christmas visiting the reserve on Saturday and Sunday, and all the other festivities that will be going on all weekend. Make sure you come down and take a break from Christmas...
  • Blog Post: What birds are wintering on your farm?

    Winter is a tough time for wildlife, but especially so for those species which call farmland home. Many farmland bird species such as grey partridge, yellowhammer and corn bunting depend on seeds to survive. Other species such as thrushes and bullfinches depend on berries, fruit and grubs found along...
  • Blog Post: All you need is love

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, tells you about the some of the things we love and want to protect with the FTLO campaign we're a part of. All you need is love As the Beatles timeless classic said – all you need is love. Still true? It’s no longer...
  • Forum Thread: Identification of all those species you are unfamiliar with.

    trying to identify some fungi the other day I came across a website called iSpot. I haven't tried it yet but it could solve your ID problems.
  • Blog Post: The case for a Nature and Wellbeing Bill (with a lesson from Ecuador)

    I am delighted that people are beginning to talk and write about our joint campaign with The Widlife Trusts for a Nature and Wellbeing Act (read Mike McCarthy here and Geroge Monbiot here ). Thousands of people have also written to their MPs to encourage them to include a commitment to the Bill in their...
  • Blog Post: Another good reason to visit Northward Hill

    Why not come along to Northward Hill to see wild birds closer than ever before? A qualified team of bird ringers are on site once a month giving demonstrations to the public and are next here on 14th December to help you get 'hands on' with nature. The Sunday morning activity is based at our...
  • Blog Post: For The Love Of Scottish Machair...

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, is back with another blog on the For The Love Of campaign we are involved with. For The Love Of Scottish Machair... Last week on this blog I wrote about the new climate campaign that we are involved in (FTLO for short). I also gave...
  • Blog Post: Fracking is a hot topic in Scotland – what is RSPB Scotland’s position?

    Alexa Morrison, Conservation Policy Officer at RSPB Scotland, takes a look at fracking and the different types of unconventional gas proposals coming forward in Scotland. Fracking is a hot topic in Scotland – what is RSPB Scotland’s position? Fracking and unconventional gas are coming...
  • Blog Post: For The Love Of.......

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, talks about a new climate change campaign we're working on alongside our partners in Stop Climate Chaos Scotlan d. For The Love Of....... We all know about climate change. We've all heard the arguments and warnings, but it’s...
  • Blog Post: Tilting at windmills

    RSPB Scotland Senior Conservation Policy Officer, Richard Evans' response to Daily Telegraph article. Tilting at windmills According to yesterday’s Daily Telegraph , "wind turbines have killed more birds of prey than persecution this year" , in Scotland. Well, to quote the...
  • Blog Post: Strumpshaw Fen sightings 31/10/2014

    Here's a quick round up from Ben... The flood waters have now receded and the full trail is once again open, the path beyond tower hide and along the Lackford Run is particularly muddy so wellies are recommended. After an initial exodus of wildfowl due to salt water, they have returned in number;...
  • Forum Thread: Hello from a science teacher and nature blogger!

    Hello everyone, I made this account to register for the big schools birdwatch, which we've been taking part in for three years, but haven't explored much further until today! I am a high school science teacher, and I think it's incredibly important to teach children, even the teenagers that...
  • Blog Post: Has the environment fallen off the political agenda?

    Has the environment fallen off the political agenda? Has either of our governments forgotten the environment? At Holyrood, Salmond, Davidson and Lamont scarcely give it a mention. At Westminster it sometimes seems to have disappeared completely from the agenda of Cameron, Miliband and Clegg. ...
  • Blog Post: Look Who Came To Dinner

    I had a different blog planned for this week. You will get that one a later date, but I was going to end it with a follow up to last weeks “ Feed Them And They Will Come – The Return ” blog. It seems birds must read my blogs here in Tonyrefail. The very next day after I posted that...
  • Blog Post: Strumpshaw Fen Sightings

    Autumn has now fully arrived at the fen, I even changed the sightings sheets in the hide to winter today! With the arrival of some cooler air and easterly winds we have seen our first visible migration over the fen in recent days. Visible migration is quite an amazing thing to witness when you get your...
  • Blog Post: A new species for Scotland

    RSPB Trainee Ecologist Genevieve Dalley tells us about her discovery of a new flying insect species for Scotland. A new species for Scotland In June this year I went to RSPB Insh Marshes in search of freshwater invertebrates. And I wasn’t disappointed! Amongst a wealth of interesting and...
  • Blog Post: Do insects make good parents?

    RSPB Trainee Ecologist Kirsty Godsman explores the parenting skills of insects after finding out some fascinating facts about carrion beetles. Do insects make good parents? Last month, I discovered something fascinating about a closely related group of species commonly known as the carrion beetles...
  • Blog Post: Feed Them And They Will Come – A Return

    When I started blogging for RSPB Cymru I used to live in a house with an incredible garden. It was only when I started reading the various bird watching magazines that I realised how lucky I was to have such a huge variety of wildlife visiting it. My Big Garden Birdwatch counts for both the BTO and RSPB...
  • Blog Post: Hope for the future of agri-environment delivery in England?

    With the successor to the previous agri-environment schemes in England nearing it's final stages of development, Farming Minister George Eustice made a trip to visit the RSPB's Hope Farm earlier this month to see how we've been giving nature a home on the farm. Image: George Eustice...
  • Blog Post: How are you playing in nature this Autumn?

    Autumn is the perfect time to get outdoors and play, whether you are 2 or 200. The wealth of materials that nature provides as an alternative to toys is plentiful at this time of year and provided you don your waterproofs and warm jackets the colder weather shouldn’t put you off. Here are a few...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: searching for dippers

    I walked for miles down a stream in the Lake District the other day, a journey that surely merited an encounter with one of my favorite birds, the dipper . But as nature is inclined to do sometimes it left me wanting, so I delved into RSPB-images today to take a digital look at what I missed out on...
  • Blog Post: Early Autumn Update by Ben Lewis

    The autumnal feel on the reserve has been backed up by a few typical autumn species emerging or migrating through the reserve in the past few weeks. An Osprey has spent just over a week in the Strumpshaw/Rockland area, last being seen on the 9 September. Tower Hide has provided a very good spectacle...