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  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Borrowed Wings - why do we love birds?

    Watching a House Martin Colony at Staithes, while bewildered coast-goers stare. . . Why am I watching a rock-face?? Although Britain is, in general, a nation of animal lovers, we have one extra quirky twist: we have an obsession with birds. But what’s so special about them? Arguably, they...
  • Blog Post: The joys of playing with mud, sticks and leaves: getting children connected to nature

    The joys of playing with mud, sticks and leaves: getting children connected to nature A family pond dipping at Scotland's Big Nature Festival (photo by Anna Pugh) Just a couple of weekends ago, at Scotland's Big Nature Festival, children were everywhere; hunting for bugs, pond dipping...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month VI

    Do you want to get out and see more of Scotland’s exciting wildlife? Let’s make June the time to do it! Here are some suggestions from us on what to look out for. What to see in Scotland this month VI If you’re a fan of outdoor swimming in Scotland even with our less than toasty...
  • Blog Post: Effective marine planning, supporting a healthy environment

    On Friday, I had the pleasure of organising a workshop and boat trip between the RSPB, other NGOs, Natural England and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), based around the links between emerging marine plans and the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). The MSFD has a legal obligation...
  • Blog Post: Results of the Big Wildlife Stocktake..

    We had a good day on Saturday doing minibeasting, pond dipping, birdwatching and generally surveying all the wildlife that lives at Rye Meads. A big thank you to all those that participated as we got some really good results and managed to ID a fair few. In the absence of experts in the field of some...
  • Blog Post: The World Needs Durrell

    “The world needs Durrell”. This is what David Attenborough said about Gerald Durrell - the author of dozens of wonderful books and the founder of the Durrell Wildlife Park. Last weekend, I went on a trip with my college to Jersey, to see this amazing place and the wildlife on the island...
  • Blog Post: Working and living in Abernethy forest

    Jill Harden is an archaeologist with RSPB Scotland, and is back with this new blog on the fascinating historical features of Abernethy Forest. Working and living in Abernethy forest Opportunities to go out on reserves with colleagues are always time well spent, but visiting with someone from the...
  • Blog Post: The news you've all been waiting for....

    So, following on from our last post a couple of days ago, it seems that our Kingfisher pair have successfully thrown us all off the scent yet again! In latest developments it seems that possibly their first brood of the year have actually hatched within the last few days and they are now actively feeding...
  • Blog Post: RSPB wildlife tours in Dorset!

    Morning, How are you today? I hope you don't mind, but I HAD to share this awesome trip with you all - it's a three day special wildlife tour in on of my favourite places in the UK... Dorset! Join the RSPB and our partner charity the ‘Birds of Poole Harbour’ on our first...
  • Blog Post: Is nature worth defending?

    We need you to speak up to save nature. The EU Nature Directives have provided the highest level of protection to vulnerable habitats and species for the past 30 years - but they're under threat. European leaders are considering rolling back decades of progress by revising the Directives in the...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month V

    May is a great month to take up wildlife watching in Scotland. With summer migrants arriving from overseas and the days (that are supposed to be) heating up there is plenty to look out for along our coasts, in our woodlands, and even in our back gardens! What to see in Scotland this month V ...
  • Blog Post: One more day to Vote for Bob!

    With election day nearly here we just wanted to urge you all to consider nature in your decision tomorrow, and encourage our leaders to act on preserving countryside and creating homes for nature throughout the country. You have just today left to Vote for Bob the little red squirrel, so if you haven't...
  • Blog Post: Recent(ish) Sightings!

    My last sightings blog was called it’s all kicking off, and the weekend of the 18 th April, it kind of did when 2 black-winged stilts paid a visit! See our twitter feed for some great photos. These long legged lovlies stayed all day, feeding merrily around the jubilee wetland edge. They are so...
  • Blog Post: Little things to Make a Big Difference - Climate Change

    Climate change. These days, its two words you hear almost every day. The problem is, although it seems a depressing subject, it's something none of use should ever ignore, especially the younger generation, as it's now up to us to try and fix it! So, what, really, does climate chance do to...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife watching on Lewis

    RSPB Scotland project officer for the Western Isles, Victoria Anderson, has this new blog about wildlife watching on Lewis. Wildlife watching on Lewis Any visit to the Western isles must include a trip to our hidden gem of a reserve at Loch na Muilne near Arnol on the Isle of Lewis. In recent days...
  • Blog Post: For the love of... Dunes

    RSPB Scotland Nature Recovery Officer, James Silvey, has this new blog on climate change and the wildlife that could be lost to it. For the love of... Dunes At school in the 90’s it was called global warming, the planet was heating up and cartoons showed the earth trapped, sweating in a greenhouse...
  • Blog Post: Nature-tinted spectacles

    “Connecting people with nature” and having “outdoor experiences” are high on the conservation agenda. It’s absolutely right that we prioritize these things, as we know the health and social benefits of being outside. Without people who have mentored me on reserves and in...