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  • Blog Post: Poster: Midsummer - WE 24th June 2016

  • Blog Post: Recent sightings: Midsummer sightings

    With summer arriving in full bloom, we’ve had another great week of recent sightings at Fairburn. From snipe to redshank, sandpiper to goosander, the wildlife at Fairburn has been in full bloom. Green sandpiper, Chris Gomersall (rspb-images.com) There have been both common sandpiper and...
  • 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: Hornet or moth?

    A striking-looking creature has caused a stir on an RSPB nature reserve today. It looks like a huge hornet, but on closer inspection - note the furry antennae, small eyes and chunky body - it's actually a moth. A lunar hornet moth, to be precise. The magnificent moth was spotted at RSPB...
  • Blog Post: Investing in Our Countryside

    Investing in Our Countryside Wildlife across Scotland continues to change, with serious long term declines now evident. So how do we have a greater positive impact on the fortunes of our species at a time when less government support is available? Protected areas for example have been essential...
  • Blog Post: Cooperation on offshore wind development in the North Sea – will the UK join in?

    On Monday 6 th June, the Energy Ministers of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden and Norway signed a “ Political Declaration on Energy Cooperation between the North Seas Countries ”. The UK was notably absent from the declaration signing, which...
  • Blog Post: BirdLife partners across Europe work together to adapt to climate change

    This post was written by Dr Olly Watts, Senior Climate Change Policy Officer Telescopes and binoculars from fifteen European BirdLife partner organisations were trained on two lammergeiers, or bearded vultures, roosting high on the cliff face of a quiet Alpine valley as dusk fell. We’d come...
  • Blog Post: Poster: Recent Sightings - WE 18th June, 2016.

  • Blog Post: Marsh harrier majesty

    A walk down the causeway at RSPB Leighton Moss in summer isn’t complete without a glimpse of a majestic marsh harrier . It has been a fantastic year here for these birds, with five adults in total, three females and two males, on the reserve since early spring. Marsh harriers are one of the...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings: sunsets and spoonbills

    WOW! What a couple of weeks at Fairburn Ings. We have had a great mix of species about, including three cuckoos, one very elusive spoonbill, and a black tern! Black tern, Mike Langman (rspb-images.com) The swifts have been displaying nicely on the coal tips, showing off their aerial acrobatics...
  • 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: End of May 2016 - more like 'flaming June'.

    26th May. Overcast day with slight drizzle after lunch. Did not inhibit the birds however. Tawny Owl seen flying and lots of young birds about. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS. Visitor - Oystercatcher in front of the hide. Stonechat (3 or more) by the farm and off the boardwalk. NVH - Snipe chipping in...
  • 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: Monday's magic moment: Once Bittern, not so shy?

    Bitterns, everybody knows them, some people have heard them boom and even fewer have caught a glimpse of these elusive birds. Like many of you I’ve been caught up in Springwatch fever recently so rushed back to one of my favourite reserves, RSPB Minsmere. Here in the glorious sunshine me and...
  • Blog Post: Review - Sunny days of mid-May 2016

    9th May. Hot sunny day but with a strong easterly wind blowing. Goldfinch. Lots of Green-veined White Butterflies flying today. Red Admiral on the Lonning. Large Red Damselfly, male. Grey Heron on wetlands. Cattle on the saltmarsh with high tide roost beyond. Moorhen...
  • Blog Post: Big bug hunt day!

    The past few weeks have been really exciting here at Coombes. Every day something new and exciting seems to have appeared, from the pied flycatchers arriving at the end of April to greater butterfly orchids beginning to make an appearance at the start of this week. In amongst all this excitement we managed...
  • Blog Post: A sunny day at Dungeness

    Just a quick update on recent happenings on the reserve! It's nice to see the sunshine here at Dungeness and the wildlife are enjoying it too! There are so many insects out in the sun including crickets, beetles and many different species of bees and butterflies. Today's bird sightings...
  • Blog Post: Dungeness weekly update. June 3rd.

    Can you believe it's June?! Summer has hidden from us this week and we’ve had very gloomy grey weather on the reserve. This hasn’t put too much of our wildlife off though as we have had hundreds of swifts flying over Burrowes pit catching all the insects in the air. Cuckoos can still...
  • Blog Post: Another missing hen harrier

    Just over a week ago, I shared with you the incredible story of Chance, a young female hen harrier who surprised us all with her continental winter migrations. Today however, I have another story to share – another female hen harrier, fledged in 2014, the same year as Chance, this time from the...
  • Blog Post: Poster - Lesser Whitethroat.

  • Blog Post: RSPB Geltsdale ‘Sacred Land’ Exhibition by Robin Oliver running until 17th July

    RSPB Geltsdale is hosting a new exhibition ‘Sacred Land’ by local artist Robin Oliver. Robin takes his inspiration from his native Cumberland the place where he was born. His images, often using mixed media, represent his slow and gentle evolution as an artist. This latest exhibition...
  • Blog Post: Dungeness weekly update 27th May 2016

    What a busy week on the reserve! It’s been gull mania here with a glaucous gull seen today on Burrowes pit by Makepeace hide and a laughing gull seen there yesterday too! Another sea bird highlight this week was the gull-billed tern, spotted over Burrowes on Sunday. Other bird highlights...
  • 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: Poster: Recent sightings, 9th - 20th May 2016