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  • Blog Post: It's Our World - mass participation arts project

    We are very happy to support our partners, The John Muir Trust, with this amazing mass-participation arts project! It’s Our World is a mass participation arts project that aims to create the UK’s largest online collection of artwork celebrating the environment, as seen through the eyes...
  • 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: Onsite bird ringing, and a grass snake!

    Thought I'd take a minute to share with you all the results of this morning's ringing event run by the Rye Meads Ringing Group . They and the group went out at 8 am today to look for autumn warblers , and were rewarded with a nice collection (not all warblers!) including Sedge warbler (Acrocephalus...
  • Blog Post: Mallorca Birding Travel Diary

    My stilt painting, inspired by field sketches This year, I went abroad for the first time! I went to the island of Mallorca, Spain... and it was absolutely phenomenal. I had a ridiculous number of lifers - over 40! And now I have a thirst for Mediterranean birding. Here is a day - to - day account...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: A night under the stars!

    A recent sighting at Rye Meads was 50 intrepid campers who spent a night on the reserve to experience night-time nature and get into the wild and back to basics! The evening started with crafting in the classrooms as we all decorated our own lanterns to hang up outside our tents, it was lovely to...
  • 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: Become a young advisor for Scottish Natural Heritage and Young Scot!

    Our partners at SNH and YoungScot have an exciting opportunity for 15 young people across Scotland to be involved with advising SNH and Young Scot on caring for the natural environment. Please get in touch directly if you are interested! We are looking for 15 young people from across Scotland,...
  • 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: News of a second kingfisher brood and a few dates for your diary..

    As promised, here's the latest on our resident kingfishers and their breeding endeavours this year! On Wednesday 29th July (a week ago tomorrow) a second nest of kingfishers were seen leaving their hole in the bank first thing! Three individuals were counted in total and that could've been...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: Recent Highlights - it's all 'ruddy' going on!

    Our first avocet family have flown off to pastures new, and the 2 nd family with chicks which will soon be flying around. This little piece of ornithological history is really important as 8 years ago when the RSPB took over management of the site avocets were just a pipe dream and now they have been...
  • Media: Natural Land Management

    Visited Lin Dyke at RSPB Fairburn Ings for the first time the other evening. Walking along the track at around 9.00PM, with the light failing and grey skies over head, when this young lady pops her head up out of the long grass! Love the puzzled expression.
  • 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: Hairstreaks and brocades at Hope Farm

    Much of the biodiversity monitoring that takes place at Hope Farm is focused on birds, as you would expect. Fifteen years of breeding and wintering bird surveys has shown just how well birds have recovered during RSPB ownership and management of this farm. But as we all know birds are just one part of...
  • 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: Highlights of June

    Apologies for not keeping you up to date with all the latest goings-on recently, but we have been really busy with all sorts of things including management work, new signage, plans for the summer holidays and entertaining several school groups a day! Unfortunately blogging tends to slip down the list...
  • 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: An exciting event at RSPB Scotland Abernethy!

    Kirsty Potter, RSPB Scotland's Support Relations Officer, fills us in on her day at the official opening of the tree nursery at our Abernethy reserve. An exciting event at RSPB Scotland Abernethy! Having just joined RSPB Scotland in March, I was lucky enough to visit our beautiful Abernethy...
  • Blog Post: Father's Day: AKA the longest day

    Dave Saunders of the RSPB Medway Local Group visited on Sunday, providing us with tales of his experience. I calculate that Sunday last there were 16 hours and 38 minutes of sunlight which is almost exactly the opposite of the run up to Christmas when we’re lucky to see the light between 8.30...
  • 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: A peak inside life on the 'enchanted isles'

    Research team members, Davide, Niall & Laura, have this fascinating new blog giving us an insight into the Shiant Isles Recovery Project so far - as well as their work, life and wildlife watching on the Shiants! A peak inside life on the ‘enchanted isles’ As hail, rain and strong...