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  • Blog Post: August is now upon us.

    1st August. Had rained overnight but the cloud cleared enough to photograph the 'Blue' moon at 3am. Strictly a 'blue' moon is the 2nd of two full moons occurring in one calendar month - which this one was when it rose earlier. At 1.16pm we watched a Southern Hawker fly about briefly...
  • Blog Post: It's Our World - mass participation arts project

    We are very happy to support our partners, The John Muir Trust, with this amazing mass-participation arts project! It’s Our World is a mass participation arts project that aims to create the UK’s largest online collection of artwork celebrating the environment, as seen through the eyes...
  • Blog Post: Lazy days and Migration

    With just over a week left of the school holidays the team at Saltholme have been reflecting on what a fantastic summer we have had so far. We're on Minibeast week this week and the recent spell of damp weather followed by a brighter spell has meant that the invertebrates of Saltholme have been particularly...
  • Blog Post: Gardening for wildlife

    Whether you've got a balcony, a small patch of grass or a large garden you could be setting up a vital refuge for wildlife! Here are some tips from us on gardening for wildlife to help get you started or to expand on what you're already doing. Gardening for wildlife If you’re lucky...
  • Blog Post: Big wild sleepout - a great success!

    So our Big Wild Sleepout event was on the 1 st August and it did not disappoint! We had around 30 people stomping around the reserve in search of evening and night time critters, toasting marshmallows, playing games and catching moths. Bats even put in an appearance at the end of the night! We...
  • Blog Post: Changing times

    16th July. After a dull start to the day, the afternoon brightened up with a slight SE wind. It became quite hot and John recorded a Speckled Wood flying over the field drain in our garden. He later saw two more flying between the garden and the saltmarsh. Speckled Wood on grasses over a field...
  • Blog Post: Mallorca Birding Travel Diary

    My stilt painting, inspired by field sketches This year, I went abroad for the first time! I went to the island of Mallorca, Spain... and it was absolutely phenomenal. I had a ridiculous number of lifers - over 40! And now I have a thirst for Mediterranean birding. Here is a day - to - day account...
  • Blog Post: A winning visit to Abernethy

    Kirsty Potter from RSPB Scotland, has this update from the lucky winners of our competition with Walkers Shortbread. Justin and Susan went on a spectacular guided safari at our Abernethy reserve and shared the stories of the day with us. A winning visit to Abernethy On Saturday 11 July our Walkers...
  • Forum Thread: Photo story.

    Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Marcus Harvey, I am a photographer working in London and I am looking for candidates to take part in a photographic essay I wish to undertake. I have contacted the RSPB about this and they have advised me that the best way to contact people is on this forum...
  • Blog Post: The ups and downs of life in the wild on Suffolk’s only island

    This blog post originally appeared as an article in the East Anglian Daily Times Environment supplement, sponsored by Anglian Water . The iconic wildlife of Suffolk's only island Havergate Island is famed not only as Suffolk’s only island but for its near mythical role in the history...
  • Blog Post: Become a young advisor for Scottish Natural Heritage and Young Scot!

    Our partners at SNH and YoungScot have an exciting opportunity for 15 young people across Scotland to be involved with advising SNH and Young Scot on caring for the natural environment. Please get in touch directly if you are interested! We are looking for 15 young people from across Scotland,...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month VIII

    We can’t quite believe it’s August already. It feels like we’ve only just finished talking about Scotland’s fantastic summer visitors and now they’re up and leaving again! But don’t worry; there is still plenty to see this month. Here are some tips and facts from us...
  • Blog Post: Summertime Fun in the Wildlife Garden!

    We’ve had a busy weekend here at Dungeness! Our staff and volunteers had put on a range of activities to keep people busy. Optics demonstrations led by knowledgeable staff and volunteers allowed our visitors a chance to try out a range of binoculars and telescopes we have to offer here in our shop...
  • Blog Post: In search of seabirds: A date with nature on the Firth of Forth

    Jess Barrett from RSPB Scotland tells us all about her recent date with nature on the Firth of Forth. In search of seabirds : A date with nature on the Firth of Forth Through RSPB Scotland’s Dates with Nature people can get up close to some of the amazing wildlife we have across the country...
  • Blog Post: Butterfly Days of Summer - 1st week in July.

    1st July. Hot weather, although thundery, made a good start for the month in that it brought out the butterflies in the sunshine: Red Admirals, Large Whites, Small Tortoiseshells, Large Skippers and Peacocks could all be seen. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS. S.P x 2 - Pair of Sedge Warblers, Stonechat, Buzzard...
  • Blog Post: A planned day out on the Great Moss – 21st July, 2015

    Panorama of Lily Pond - our goal for the day. I don’t know why but we both woke up in a reasonably optimistic frame of mind and decided a good walk was a prime requirement - so why not kill two birds with one stone and make the walk an attempt to traverse the Red Route, recently designated as...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Photo story

    Hi Martin, not been on here for a while but saw your post hasn't been answered. Try posting in Chat (The Tea Rooms) see page http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/chat/default.aspx You may reach more people Regards Pat
  • Blog Post: Orkney: Where to go and what to see

    James Silvey, RSPB Scotland's Nature Recovery Officer, has this fantastic new travel blog about the wonderful wildlife sights of Orkney. Orkney: Where to go and what to see This June I was lucky enough to visit the Northern Isles of Orkney with the aim of carrying out a spring survey for the...
  • Forum Thread: Photo story

    Photo story. Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Marcus Harvey, I am a photographer working in London and I am looking for candidates to take part in a photographic essay I wish to undertake. I have contacted the RSPB about this and they have advised me that the best way to contact people...
  • Forum Thread: SKUA seen near the LITTLE TERN COLONY at Gronant

    Was at Rhyl on Thursday and saw hundreds of juvenile Skua coming ashore with the afternoon high tide. They were forcing Black Backed Gulls to feed them and to give up their food. At Gronant at the similar afternoon high tide yesterday hundreds more were coming ashore right along side the Little Tern...
  • Media: Garganey

    This Garganey was behind South Hide accompanied by a few Egrets and a Spoonbill. Not bad company.
  • Blog Post: End of June - this was more like summer!

    27th June. Bright and sunny - very warm with a brisk southerly wind. 11.20 am. 102 Common Gulls (22 juveniles amongst them) and 6 Shelduck out on the mudflats. 11.45 - 2.45pm. Had a walk round the Blue Route calling in at the hide for a while. Saw a Whitethroat along the hedge near Bushcraft...
  • Blog Post: Earth, Wind, and Tyres

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, is back with an update on the For The Love Of campaign, following his mammoth cycle from Edinburgh to London! Earth, Wind, and Tyres One month ago, four staff from RSPB Scotland (including me) arrived by bicycle at Westminster for...
  • Blog Post: A couple of days in late June.

    24th June. After a dull start the day gradually brightened up with a light SW wind. LOGGBOOK sightings. 4 Visitors - Heard a Grasshopper Warbler, Pheasant, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Bullfinch, Coal Tit, Buzzard, Skylark, Swallows, Cabbage Whites, Oystercatcher, Two Great Spotted Woodpecker...
  • Blog Post: Discover Troup Head: Spectacular seabirds and stunning sea views

    RSPB East Scotland communications officer, Kirsty Nutt, explains why she loves the Aberdeenshire coast and why this is the perfect time to visit and experience the spectacular seabird colonies and stunning sea views. Discover Troup Head: Spectacular seabirds and stunning sea views Last Thursday...