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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Local Patch

    Despite the fact that I live as far from the Sea as is possible in the UK and there are no particularly notable habits around me, my local patch is surprisingly varied and interesting. RSPB Otmoor is my nearest nature reserve but as it’s around 40 miles away the walk from my house which encompasses...
  • Blog Post: Weymouth Wetlands Wildlife - Recent Sightings

    Birds The Lodmoor Marsh Harriers were joined by 3 fledglings around 20th June, and then a 4th youngster in the first week of July. Marsh Harriers also nest at Radipole and 2 fledglings were see from the North Hide on 6th July. A Bittern was at Lodmoor on 21st June. There are chicks, ducklings...
  • Blog Post: Hairstreaks and brocades at Hope Farm

    Much of the biodiversity monitoring that takes place at Hope Farm is focused on birds, as you would expect. Fifteen years of breeding and wintering bird surveys has shown just how well birds have recovered during RSPB ownership and management of this farm. But as we all know birds are just one part of...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month VII

    We traditionally think of spring as the time of year when new life emerges in the wildlife world, but that carries into summer too, and this is when we’re more likely to actually see it. Here are some of our suggestions for what to look out for in July. What to see in Scotland this month VII...
  • Blog Post: Early June review.

    1st June. A cold strong SW wind was blowing for most of the day with intermittent sunshine and showers.. Swallows were hunting in the lea of trees in the hamlet, until the rain cleared later. A pair of Pied Wagtails were also hunting - coming back and forth with beaksfull of insects. Swallows...
  • Blog Post: A pyramid of grey granite rimmed with 70,000 gannets

    Kat Jones, from RSPB Scotland, has this fantastic new blog about monitoring seabirds on one of our most spectacular and least accessible reserves. A pyramid of grey granite rimmed with 70,000 gannets Ailsa Craig is one of RSPB Scotland's most spectacular and least accessible reserves. Each...
  • Blog Post: My Local Patch

    Willowbeck - my little patch. My local patch is not in the middle of the countryside. It doesn’t have a serene babbling brook where only dippers can be seen bobbing on the rocks scattered through it. It doesn’t have a pristine, native woodland towering up to the sky, where pied flycatchers...
  • Blog Post: A mid-summer walk, 23rd June

    It had dawned a bright sunny day – perfect for a walk around the Red Route. So starting out through the Discovery field which Stephen had recently mown a wide track through. We were amazed at the number of different flowers now coming up in the Wildflower Meadow. Bumblebees and butterflies were...
  • Blog Post: Campfield Bioblitz - 29 to 30th May 2015. A personal perspective.

    As part of the 24 hour BioBlitz which started at 7pm on Friday night, I arrived at the Wetlands Centre to collect a recording form and get the lie of the land. Norman was manning the Bioblittz Hub at the Centre, already set out with a bank of microscopes, computers and heaving with identification books...
  • Blog Post: Recent Great Spotted Woodpecker activity.

  • Blog Post: Recent Wildlife Highlights from Middleton

    The avocet families are growing at pace. The 1 st pair have 3 chicks which are over a month old now, and have moved onto the jubilee wetlands. The adult birds walked their chicks from the North pit, through the fence and onto the Jubilee. This isn’t unheard of for avocets to do this, but it’s...
  • Blog Post: Marine Protection in Scotland

    Allan Whyte, RSPB Scotland Marine Policy Officer, gives us an update on MPAs in Scotland. A Quick Update about Marine Protection in Scotland I’m really glad to say we have some positive news on Scotland’s marine environment. Some of the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that were designated...
  • Blog Post: Open Farm Sunday and other visitors to Hope Farm

    One of the real pleasures of working at Hope Farm is showing visitors around. Many of our visitors are specifically invited due to their areas of work, influence or interest such as the visit by Farming Minister George Eustice MP last autumn at a crucial time during negotiations about future agri-environment...
  • Blog Post: A peak inside life on the 'enchanted isles'

    Research team members, Davide, Niall & Laura, have this fascinating new blog giving us an insight into the Shiant Isles Recovery Project so far - as well as their work, life and wildlife watching on the Shiants! A peak inside life on the ‘enchanted isles’ As hail, rain and strong...