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  • Blog Post: A more equitable decision making process for major developments is about much more than just windfarms

    Aedán Smith, Head of Planning and Development at RSPB Scotland, has this blog about the decision making process for major developments in Scotland. A more equitable decision making process for major developments is about much more than just windfarms A joint letter signed by a number...
  • Blog Post: Spring is on the way - let's connect with nature

    Spring is on the way - let's connect with nature Bluebells in bloom by Andy Hay (rspb-images.com) With the lengthening days and the warmth now apparent when we get a bit of sun, it is increasingly clear that spring is on the way. What a great feeling! I for one find getting up and about...
  • Blog Post: Spring is on its' way!

    Hello all Spring is definitely in the air today, a beautiful frosty morning with blue skies and sunshine! The last few weeks have seen plenty of spring signs emerging with the arrival of the pure and pristine snowdrops, buds bursting on the sallows revealing the pussy willow inside, leaves emerging...
  • Blog Post: For the love of the next generation

    RSPB Scotland conservation manager Stuart Benn is back with a new blog - this time about bird watching in the Highlands and the For The Love Of campaign. For the love of the next generation I've blogged before about A Focus on Nature – an absolutely brilliant organisation committed to...
  • Blog Post: Want to get involved in conservation? Why not try residential volunteering!

    Due to my interest in all things conservation, last summer upon catching wind of the potential for a week's(!!) volunteering at an RSPB reserve I was naturally excited and intrigued - this seemed like a great opportunity to see what working with wildlife's really like. So, as soon as the opportunity...
  • Blog Post: Showing the Love to Nicola Sturgeon

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, is back with another blog on the For The Love Of...campaign that we are part of. Showing the Love to Nicola Sturgeon It was Valentine’s last Saturday. How did you show the love? I bought flowers for my wife but I also sent...
  • Blog Post: Tips on learning to identify birds by their songs and calls

    For about 2 years now I have been learning to identify birds by their songs. Before I started taking a real interest in this, I could pick out a few - robin, blackbird, etc, but I wasn't really taking a huge effort to learn the more obscure calls you hear - even in the back garden. So, why learn...
  • Blog Post: Nature lovers, naturally

    “Find tongues in trees, books in running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in every thing” – William Shakespeare. Prepare yourselves to learn a new word, reader: today’s topic is biophilia. That’s right, our instinctive love for nature, or the “innate affiliation...
  • Blog Post: First Impressions of eagle surveying on the Isle of Lewis

    Ronan Dugan is a research assistant at the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science and is one of 6 full time fieldworkers on the RSPB/SNH National Golden Eagle Survey 2015. The six-month survey of golden eagles, which started in January, is co-funded by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the RSPB. Surveys...
  • Blog Post: #Showthelove

    Staff at Rye Meads made green hearts today to support the Climate Coalition's #showthelove campaign, all about the things we love in nature and making sure they are not lost to climate change. You can read more about the idea here: http://www.rspb.org.uk/news/390517-stephen-fry-emilia-fox-alison...
  • Blog Post: Getting Out There - An Eventful Day Volunteering in Abernethy

    Swish swish swish. My waterproof trousers protest as I try to keep up with the small, strange and mighty army that is scattered through the woods.Iam surrounded by mainly over 40 year olds, clad in just t-shirts and a tatty-strapped pair of bins’ as if to say “I could do this with my eyes...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month II

    There have been some really crisp clear days so far this month – perfect for wildlife watching. This blog is all about some of the wonderful wildlife you can see around Scotland in February. What to see in Scotland this month II When I was little my favourite creature to spot any time I was...
  • Blog Post: For the love of skootie alan

    Jenny Tweedie from RSPB Scotland talks us through climate change, musicals and her love of arctic skua in this new blog. For the love of skootie alan Arctic skua, Andrew Tweedie When I was about nine years old, I went to see a musical called Yanomamo; it was probably my first real experience...
  • Blog Post: Connecting with nature - what's the big deal?

    Think back to your early childhood. I guarantee you’ll have had at least a few cases where you marvelled at a ladybird’s spots (but no, they don’t correlate with their age, sadly... that would be cute), or captured caterpillars and watched them turn into chrysalises, or peered into...
  • Blog Post: Edinburgh Phoenix – Help them to say “Yes In My Backyard!”

    RSPB Scotland Youth Officer, Nicole Brandon has this new blog on a fantastic new project the Edinburgh Phoenix group are raising funds for. Edinburgh Phoenix – Help them to say “Yes In My Backyard!” This February, Edinburgh Phoenix group are asking for help in raising the funds...
  • Blog Post: Rye Meads Big Garden Birdwatch!

    We've been getting ready for the Big Garden Birdwatch here this weekend! Wildlife Explorer's Club were out improving their observation skills yesterday with a special un-nature trail, and even though it started to snow, they still managed to spot most of the items hidden in the wildlife garden...
  • Blog Post: Helping our birds through the winter

    Kat Jones, RSPB Scotland’s Public Affairs Manager in South and West Scotland, looks at the importance of feeders for birds during the colder months. Helping our birds through the winter The weather may be chilly and the evenings dark, but, for me, this is the time of year when I look forward...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month

    There’s plenty of wonderful wildlife to enjoy in Scotland and each month of the year can offer you something different. This blog is all about the sights you could see across the country in January. What to see in Scotland this month Throwing your head back and suddenly kicking out your feet...
  • Blog Post: Otter, noun: no idea...?

    From the Oxford English Dictionary: Ridiculous, adj: very silly or unreasonable, absurd. Otter, noun: no idea…? You may have seen the news about a recent move by Oxford University Press – the people who publish many of our textbooks, and most famously, our dictionaries. The bestselling...
  • Blog Post: Gordonbush: putting the record straight

    Senior Conservation Policy Officer, Richard Evans, has this response to a recent online article on a 35-turbine windfarm at Gordonbush in Sutherland. Gordonbush: putting the record straight In a recent online article James Delingpole states that the RSPB was “instrumental in easing through...
  • Blog Post: New year, new things!

    We're slowly getting back into gear at Rye Meads after the Christmas break, and despite a weekend where the weather spent one entire day pouring with rain on us, and one day where the entire reserve was shrouded in freezing fog (!) we managed to gather a reasonable list of sightings together, including...
  • Blog Post: Appreciating nature is your greatest blessing when the exam stress hits

    As this is the time where we are moving from one year to another, a time to reflect maybe, I thought I’d link the natural world to something I put on the other end of the spectrum of fun. Exams. The dreaded word has been said, bear with me. Let’s set the scene. So everyone in Phoenix is...
  • Blog Post: For The Love Of.....A White Christmas

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, is back with another blog on the For The Love Of...campaign - just in time for Christmas. For The Love Of.....A White Christmas The odds of a white Christmas in Glasgow this year are currently 3-1 (from a well known bookmaker) but...
  • Blog Post: Bad science (or never let the truth get in the way of a “good” story)

    Senior Conservation Policy Officer, Richard Evans, has this response to a recent article on sea eagles in the Daily Telegraph. Bad science (or never let the truth get in the way of a “good” story) White-tailed (sea) eagle David Tipling (rspb-images.com) Last month, we blogged...
  • 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...