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  • Media: Up up and away.

    After having a meal he's of for something else.
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month III

    The nights are getting lighter and signs of spring seem to be on everyone’s mind this month. To celebrate here’s a collection of some of the great wildlife you can see in Scotland in March. What to see in Scotland this month III Puffin, Dean Bricknell Signs of spring – that’s...
  • Blog Post: Sightings from the Reserve - 4th March

    Thanks John Howard for the following observation after visiting the Reserve mid afternoon:- " I met a man who said he had just seen a Yellowhammer but it didn't show itself for me. I then went and spent a couple of hours in the hide and while there were plenty of ducks in view, I didn't...
  • Blog Post: New numbers strengthen call to phase out fossil fuels

    Pip Roddis, Climate Team Policy Officer Earlier this year, new numbers were added to the ‘terrifying new math’ of climate change : 82, 49, 33. They come from climate scientists at UCL and published in Nature , in the first study to suggest which existing fossil reserves cannot be burned...
  • Blog Post: The life of an RSPB Intern: Heather’s Coombes adventure!

    What does your back garden look like? Well for the past 6 months I have had an RSPB woodland nature reserve as mine! Take a peek at my little slice of the RSPB world... Magical snowy woodlands – Heather Watkin Living and working on a woodland - it’s the stuff of Disney films...
  • 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: Barnacles at Herd Hill , Cardurnock (NY 177 603) - 24th February

    A strong NW wind had been blowing with intermittent hail showers and sunny spells. The high tides of late were falling back a little, but still at 9.1m. Travelling along the coast road from Kirkbride towards Anthorn we were on the lookout for Goose and Swan activity in the area. As we approached Cardurnock...
  • Blog Post: Photo highlights of the last week, 19 -26th February

  • Blog Post: Movement on a high Spring tide - 20 2 15

    T'was a beautful sunny morning with a strongish SW wind. Long before the high tide, skeins of Barnacles had been coming along the Estuary. It was forecast to be a 10.3 m tide - one of the highest of the year but the SW wind probably would not push it too far up the marsh. Skeins of Barnacles...
  • 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: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 16th -22nd February 2015

    Hi, During my final week as a Mid Wales Conservation Intern it was the large high tides that produced excellent wildlife watching. An early start in the Breakwater Hide on the 20 th produced good wader numbers on the Breakwater field including, 105+ Dunlin , 100+ Redshank , 16x Bar-tailed Godwit ...
  • 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: Vaccinating Badgers - the solution?

    With everyone’s mind turned to politics at the moment, big issues like hunting bans and badger culls come to mind. It sometimes seems as if we’ve talked these subject dry without finding a solution to suit everyone; but I got an insight into one hot topic this week. I was lucky enough to...
  • Blog Post: A warden’s work is never done

    What goes on behind the scenes at Fairburn? There is a busy team of staff and volunteers who dedicate their time to keeping the reserve an incredible place for birds and wildlife. Karen is the assistant warden at Fairburn and here is a little about the work she does. How long have you been here...
  • Blog Post: The birds still keep coming - Part Two

    In spite of the high pressure gloom of recent days, the birds keep coming. Now is one of the best times of the year to see flocks of waders and particularly wildfowl here at Campfield and its surrounding Solway area. Wigeon,Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler are notable on the Reserve wetlands. Lapwing...
  • 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: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 9th -15th February 2015

    Hi, Of the five British owl species, the Barn Owl is one of the most nocturnal in habit, therefore a day flying Barn Owl observed hunting over Covert Coch (10 th ) was a real treat and a personal highlight for me on the reserve this week. Another sign of Barn Owl presence on the reserve are their...
  • 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: The birds still keep coming . . .

    In spite of the high pressure gloom of recent days, the birds keep coming. Now is one of the best times of the year to see flocks of waders and particularly wildfowl here at Campfield and its surrounding Solway area. Wigeon,Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler are notable on the Reserve wetlands. Lapwing...
  • 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...
  • Forum Thread: Make sure you enter the Canon Giving Nature a Home calendar competition 2016.

    ATTENTION ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS!!! This years calendar competition is officially open again and well worth entering, the photographers of the 12 chosen images will receive a copy of the calendar, the top 3 will also receive a Canon camera prize. The closing date is the 31 st March 2015. All the details...
  • 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: Introducing Julie Chrisp

    Hi everyone. This is my first outing on the Skydancer blog so allow me to introduce myself. My name is Julie Chrisp and I have recently started in post as Engagement Officer with Skydancer. I am absolutely delighted to be joining the team - I’m not completely new to Skydancer, I was involved during...