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  • Media: Some less cyber inclined flappy things... Mating Common Blue Butterflies

    Polyommatus Icarus – AKA Common Blue Butterfly
  • Blog Post: One El'u'ver Story

    Eels are fascinating – and slippery – subjects. When lake dipping with a beaver group last week we discovered an elver. This was the first eel I had ever seen and so I decided to find out more! Firstly, eels have a fascinating life cycle. The story starts in the Sargasso Sea (interestingly...
  • Blog Post: A sea of birds

    The Scottish Government has recently put forward 10 marine sites to be official designated as protected areas for the seabirds that use them. A public consultation is open now, to get your views about whether they need to be protected. We will be responding and asking that they are all designated as...
  • Blog Post: Farming, wildlife and Brexit

    In case you missed it - read Martin Harper's thoughts on the implications of Brexit for wildlife-friendly farming here . It's worth a read, and we'll continue to assess the implications for nature as further details become available.
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: Stoatal eclipse of the heart

    It has been a busy week at the home of Robin Hood, as plans begin to take shape for the proposed new visitor centre , I instead spent my week wandering the beaten trails taking in the dappled sunlight as summer properly emerged. Hidden among the trees, I found myself surrounded by butterflies for...
  • Blog Post: Join the RSPB at this year's Birdfair

    In one month's time tens of thousands of birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts will be flocking to Birdfair , the largest gathering of nature and bird enthusiasts in the world. It is also a meeting place for many wildlife focussed NGOs and all of the outdoor and nature associated industries –...
  • Blog Post: Giving Nature a home.

    Yesterday afternoon for the third year in a row I was lucky enough have a Hummingbird Hawkmoth visit our front garden gathering nectar from the lavender, a truly amazing moth aptly named as it flitted from frond to frond, then zoomed off. Amazing enough in itself. We have also had a Privet Hawkmoth....
  • Blog Post: Help build a new charter for trees, woods and people

    We would love you to join us in supporting the new Tree Charter, developed by our friends at The Woodland Trust. Find out why it's important, what it is and how you can help in this guest blog by Nick Phillips, Senior Policy Officer at the RSPB, helping to lead on our forestry policy work. Nick writes...
  • Blog Post: Nature needs us to do more to cope with climate change

    Different news on climate change: a new climate risk assessment for the UK is published today, by the Committee on Climate Change. Yes, it’s rather gloomy reading – yet also a spur to action. There’s a lot that we can do to avert the worst of the problems, we just need to get on with...
  • Blog Post: Gamebird hunting: why we’re supporting calls ­for it to be regulated

    The Scottish Raptor Study Group has recently lodged a petition with the Scottish Parliament calling for a licensing system to be introduced for gamebird hunting in Scotland. We, at RSPB Scotland, fully support it and we’d like you to support it too. Read our blog to find out why we think it’s...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: Is your town a hog haven?

    Ever thought of swapping your 9-5 to become a hedgehog championer? As reported in several news outlets last week, Suffolk Wildlife Trust is looking to recruit a ‘hedgehog officer’. As the ‘face of hedgehog conservation’, the chosen candidate will strive to make Ipswich –...
  • Blog Post: Bye-bye to old friends already.

    Its really hard to imagine that on the 11th of April I reported the first Cuckoos arriving at Northward Hill RSPB reserve and here now on the 9th of July I am reporting the last one heard was on the 26th of June and the last one I saw was a female on the 3rd of July. Which in essence, taking an average...
  • Blog Post: Red-backed Shrike and red-trousered Hobby's.

    This weekend has been quite nice weather-wise well apart from a downpour yesterday afternoon, so all in all it has been perfect for a walk onto the North Kent Marshes to see what is around. Really the best bird of the weekend has been the relatively long-stay Red-backed Shrike at Allhallows. It was...
  • Media: Wildlife Zone

    Giving nature a home.
  • Blog Post: Letter to Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform

    Letter to Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform RSPB Scotland has always believed that, because nature transcends national boundaries, it needs cross-border co-operation to protect it and a common set of international standards that enable it to thrive. Regardless of...
  • 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: Five facts you should know about red squirrels

    Red squirrels are Scotland’s native squirrel species, instantly recognisable by their distinctive ear tufts, rust coloured fur and bushy tails. The tail is particularly important as it’s used for balance, communication and as a cosy blanket. In Scotland there are around 120,000 red...
  • 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...