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  • 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...
  • 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. ...