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  • Blog Post: ....and still it rains!

    Last night (Wednesday) it was torrential and that doesn't really bode well for the nesting parents especially the ground nesting waders etc. As I sat in Gordons' Hide I contemplated how difficult it must be for birds to raise a brood. Not only are there myriad corvids everywhere, any number of...
  • Blog Post: Seabirds of the Forth

    Allison Leonard is a warden with RSPB Scotland who looks after five reserves in Central Scotland, including the Forth Islands Fidra and Inchmickery. Allison brings us this update on how different seabirds are faring in the Forth this year and tells us about a couple of exciting opportunities for you...
  • Blog Post: Rubbish and rubbish weather.

    Yesterday at Cliffe pools I bumped into two very nice gentlemen, who informed me they were doing a bug survey for Bio-scan. I have heard of Bio-scan and their own blurb states:- Bioscan is one of the UK’s longest established environmental consultancies specialising in applied ecology; they said...
  • Blog Post: Little gulls at RSPB Scotland Loch of Strathbeg

    This summer we were able to confirm that the smallest species of gull in the world, the little gull, is nesting with an egg at RSPB Scotland Loch of Strathbeg. It's the first confirmed breeding attempt for little gulls in Scotland ever. Kath Hamper, who works on our north east coastal reserves team...
  • Blog Post: You need to act fast....

    Pitches for this year's Big Wild Sleepout are being snapped up fast. Normally we expect the bookings to all arrive within days of the event as most campers like to double check the weather forecast, however, this year we have already allocated 50% of the pitches to keen campers with 5 weeks still...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating National Insect Week

    RSPB Scotland is supporting National Insect Week from 20-26 June - a celebration of some of the smaller creatures in our natural world that is organised by the Royal Entomological Society. If you haven't heard of it before, National Insect Week encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects...
  • Blog Post: I can hear the grass grow

    Hi, I’m Bernie Bell. I got in touch with RSPB Scotland after reading a piece in the organisation’s recent magazine, Scotland news, about the importance of wildflower meadows in the conservation of the great yellow bumblebee. I live on Orkney, where gardening can be difficult, but with a bit...
  • Blog Post: Flies, flies and damned fly-tippers!!!.

    This week I thought I'd have a look at flies again, not everyones favourites I'll grant you but as the more popular and interesting insects are taking their time to emerge this week I thought it would be an ideal opportunity to illustrate that actually they can be colourful if not downright beautiful...
  • Blog Post: Family fun day, yesterday (01/06/16)

    After all the preparation by members of the Medway RSPB Group, Northward Hill staff/interns plus volunteers, the day finally arrived. Having spruced up the barn the day before, we all arrived early to lay out the event and get ready for the parents with their children. The day before had been very wet...
  • Blog Post: Family Fun Day at Northward Hill

    Family Fun Day Hosted by RSPB Medway Local Group Wednesday 1st June 11am – 3pm at RSPB Northward Hill Nature Reserve, Bromhey Farm, Cooling, ME3 8DS A great opportunity for the whole family to explore and learn. Pond dipping, bug sweeping, arts & crafts, bug hotels,...
  • Blog Post: Mini beasts

    Hoverflies. Although these brightly-coloured insects look like bees or wasps, they are in fact true flies and do not sting. Hoverflies are excellent examples of one insect looking like another insect. They generally mimic bees and wasps – insects that sting and also taste unpleasant, so are...
  • Blog Post: Nature-friendly farming brings its own rewards: A focus on the Ouse Washes

    May is one of my favourite months of the year - spring is in full swing, 50% of the weekends have an extra day in them, and the days are getting noticeably warmer and longer. For wildlife-friendly farmers, it's a great opportunity to see and hear the benefits of their hard work as birds start to...
  • Blog Post: The ins and outs of willow weaving....

    Weave some magic at RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes nature reserve For people looking to try something different this summer, RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes is hosting a willow weaving workshop on their lakeside reserve. This workshop, run by RSPB volunteer Alan Morris, is the perfect introduction to the addictive...
  • Blog Post: Kelly Tolhursts' visit to Northward Hill RSPB

    The nightingale has be gun another breeding season in Kent – but for how long? After having spent winter in Africa, one of our most beloved songbirds, the iconic nightingale, has returned to spend the summer in Kent. They were welcomed home by Nightingale Species Champion Kelly Tolhurst MP at...
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  • Blog Post: Walking at Northward Hill

    This weeks' blog is a little delayed as I was going to wait for an RSPB press release jointly with Kelly Tolhursts office. For those of you who aren't aware Kelly is the MP for Rochester and Strood. She has recently agreed to be Species Champion for Nightingales which is fantastic news for the...
  • Blog Post: My Connecting People and Nature Internship - Jenny Stevens

    Jenny Stevens - My Connecting People and Nature Internship RSPB Sandwell Valley is special. Really special. It’s a little piece of green and blue heaven wedged between Birmingham, West Bromwich and motorway. I feel super lucky to have been part of this unique place, that sees the...
  • Blog Post: Five facts you should know about nuthatches

    Five facts you should know about nuthatches Nuthatches were once restricted largely to south-eastern England but, during the 20th century, they started spreading north. Nuthatches started breeding regularly in Scotland only in 1989. If you have them visiting your garden, or you've seen them at...
  • Blog Post: Cardiff’s feathered friends – what they’re up to in May

    Guest blog by Gareth Stamp, City of Cardiff Council Park Ranger With the longer days and warmer weather, birds really only have one thing on their minds –finding their true love. Birds tend to be distracted at this time of year as they show off and argue with one another as they attract a mate...
  • Blog Post: Notes on nature: Rover and out

    Last month, you may remember that we told you all about a pair of robins that had decided to build their nest inside the dashboard of a vintage Land Rover. Well, like a proud father, I'm happy to report that the plucky pair successfully fledged five chicks from the interior of the fully-functional...
  • Blog Post: Snakes, lizards and turtles (doves that is!)

    Grass snakes are reasonably common round the reserve and can be seen near any body of water beaking around for its favourite food especially abundant at this time, small fish, newts. tadpoles and frogs. It is the countries largest snake growing up to 1.5 metres, but more usually 90cms or 3 foot as we...
  • Blog Post: Calamitous chorusing

    Charlie McMurray is an intern at RSPB Scotland working on 'all nature' projects: mammals, amphibians and insects. Here is her latest blog on natterjack toads from RSPB Scotland Mersehead. Calamitous chorusing It’s time! April not only brought showers to Scotland, but also lured...
  • Blog Post: How did nature do in the elections?

    The election results are in and the new MSPs are gathering in Holyrood. How did nature and the environment do? They didn’t grab the headlines, but in numerous hustings across Scotland organised by RSPB Scotland, Environment Link and our partners, candidates were put through their paces. The Hustings...
  • Blog Post: Unusual visitor pops in to Lochwinnoch

    How often to do you get to see something new, that you’ve never laid eyes on before? During migration, in spring and autumn, rare or unusual birds are occasionally blown off course and can turn up in places you just wouldn’t expect. One such visitor has recently appeared at our Lochwinnoch...
  • Blog Post: What to do if you find an 'abandoned' young bird

    It's common in spring and summer to find young birds sitting on the ground or hopping about without any sign of their parents. But what do you do if you come across one? You might have experienced it yourself. Coming home after walking the dog, you find a confused-looking baby house sparrow...