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  • Blog Post: Northward Hill RSPB, the home of the Heronry

    As the village sign for High Halstow proudly displays, it is the Home of the Heron, nearly 150 pairs of grey herons nest in the trees at Northward Hill. Activity at the heronry starts early in the year and continues through spring, when the young herons begin flying. One of out largest birds and amazingly...
  • 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: 'Walk It Off' New Year Walk - Birdwatching for All

    We got the year off to a great start, with our 'Walk It Off' guided walk on Saturday 2 January. Connecting People and Nature Intern, Jenny, joined the group to see what birds would show... Despite the thundering rain right through the wee hours of this morning, we had a cracking turnout...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful winter

    This weekend, many of us will have woken up to winter’s first snowfall. Though we were graced with just the lightest of dustings here in Bedfordshire (hardly enough for a snowman, let alone enough to crack out the sledge), it was more than enough to fire me up for a bracing morning walk. When...
  • 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: Farming for the Future

    Guest blog from Darren Moorcroft, Head of Species and Habitats Conservation Every year in January, Oxford is inundated by farmers flocking to the two annual conferences which are now held there. It’s an opportunity to discuss existing challenges and set the new agenda for the coming year. ...
  • 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: Nature's Reach Christmas and New Year Opening Times

    We're happy to say we're open over much of Christmas and New Year but our elves will be having a little break, so please take a look at our opening times before deciding when to visit. And don't forget, while the visitor centre might be closed, there is access to the reserve at all times...
  • Blog Post: Scottish Wildcat Action: a round-up of 2016

    Welcome to our first guest blog from Dr Roo Campbell, project manager for the priority areas programme of Scottish Wildcat Action. Dr Campbell has significant experience of carrying out research on the behaviour and ecology of Scottish wildcats and received his PhD in Zoology from Oxford University....
  • 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: The birth of the Paris Agreement

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, has this update on recent climate change negotiations and the Paris Agreement. The birth of the Paris Agreement The past few weeks watching the Paris Agreement negotiations has been like waiting for a birth as a new father all over...
  • Blog Post: Fantastic picture

    This is the copy of the Fieldfare I meant to put on my last post. Photography by: Arnstein Rønning
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: red-letter day

    Red squirrels aren't easy to find. They're often in the news, but I'd never been fortunate enough to spot one in the wild - until a recent trip north of the border. Our native squirrel has been part of the Scottish landscape for thousands of years but, as we're often told, is under...
  • Blog Post: A brilliant day out.

    What a brilliant way to spend the day? Building a huge bonfire out in the woods with friends and having a good laugh to boot. How to make it even better? Knowing you a making a huge contribution to local wildlife by clearing brambles and thorny scrub from the Woodland end of the reserve, allowing light...
  • 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: Ask Rory to #DefendNature and keep the path to conservation clear

    Ask Rory to #DefendNature and keep the path to conservation clear When you can’t see clearly where you are going everything gets much slower and more difficult. The recent stormy weather is a reminder of this in action - whilst driving to work last week the rain was so heavy that it was difficult...
  • Blog Post: North Isles Landscape Partnership Scheme

    A few weeks ago we heard good news - the North Isles Landscape Partnership Scheme has cleared its first hurdle, with the Heritage Lottery Fund deciding to earmark £3m for the project. You can read more about the scheme here . We’re one of the partners who would be involved in delivering...
  • 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: Recent Sightings 1st August – 31st October by Alan R & Claire M

    After a pretty dismal summer weather-wise, the better weather in August was a welcome relief! It was a great month for raptors, with osprey spotted hunting on both the Barr Loch and Aird Meadow throughout the month, a peregrine over the Aird Meadow on the 14 th , frequent sightings of kestrel , and a...
  • Blog Post: Defend your special places in Wales: Guest blog from RSPB Cymru Director, Katie-Jo Luxton

    Today conservationists, academics, politicians, farmers and businesses from across Europe will gather in Brussels to discuss the crucial laws that protect nature – the Nature Directives. This political process directly affects us here Wales. Many of the special places we know and love are protected...
  • Blog Post: Why I'm Marching

    Rea Cris, Parliamentary Officer with RSPB Scotland, tells us why she'll be joining Scotland's Climate March on November 28 in Edinburgh. Why I’m Marching Is the swallow a British bird that winters in Africa or an African bird that summers in Britain? An elegant conundrum that serves...
  • Blog Post: Environmental Award for Shetland's Nature Friendly Schools

    Martha Devine, RSPB Scotland’s Community Engagement Officer in Shetland describes her delight at receiving a Shetland Environmental Award for innovative work with schools and explains more about the project. Yesterday, Karen Mackelvie our Community Learning Officer went to receive a Shetland...
  • Blog Post: Skeins in the sky: goose watch

    Jenny Tweedie from RSPB Scotland fills us in our winter visitors and good places to see them. Pink-footed geese (Chris Gomersall, rspb-images.com) Geese must be one of the most gloriously visible heralds of winter. When their massive skeins start to appear overhead, colder days are sure to...