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  • Blog Post: Poster: Sightings 6th - 12th February 2016

  • Blog Post: A vision for farming in Scotland

    Last year the Scottish Government launched a discussion document on the 'Future of Scottish Agriculture' and in it stated its ambition for Scotland to be a world leader in green farming. Since then, RSPB staff in Scotland have contributed ideas to the discussion on how to make these ambitions...
  • Blog Post: For love of Fairburn - Karen

    Cupid will be hard at work this weekend and since 'tis the season, several of the staff here on the reserve have decided to share just what it is about Fairburn they love so much. Here is our Assistant Warden, Karen: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3<3 <3 <3 <3 <<3...
  • Blog Post: For love of Fairburn - Kate

    Cupid will be hard at work this weekend and since 'tis the season, several of the staff here on the reserve have decided to share just what it is about Fairburn they love so much. Here is our Visitor Operations Manager, Kate: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3<3 <3 <3...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings: that woodpecker is drumming!

    Reed bunting sightings have exploded this week, there is at least one pair that has been regularly seen at the wildlife garden feeders, and we’ve had some lovely views of them from the office windows! Male reed bunting, Andy Hay (rspb-images.com) Each week we get one or two recorded sightings...
  • Blog Post: Crook of Baldoon: building a nature reserve II

    The second installment of the Crook of Baldoon story from RSPB Scotland's Jenny Tweedie. RSPB Scotland purchased a piece of land known as Crook of Baldoon six years ago and this is how we've been transforming it into a haven for wildlife ever since. Our work here could not have been achieved...
  • Blog Post: Where next for Scottish farming?

    Farming is, and always has been, a regular theme in my working life. Whether I’m meeting those who lead Scotland’s National Farmers Union or challenging politicians and senior civil servants on the decisions they make on agriculture policy, wildlife friendly farming is at the heart of those...
  • Blog Post: A Day in the Life of... Andy White, Visitor Centre Volunteer

    To celebrate how brilliant our volunteers are and give you a behind the scenes peek of life at RSPB Sandwell Valley, we're starting a series of blogs written by our volunteers about them and their roles at Sandwell. First up is Andy White, who you'll find in the visitor centre on Wednesday...
  • Blog Post: Sightings highlights 30th January - 7th February

    Did you take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch over the weekend? I did and I discovered that I had a lot more visitors to my garden than I first thought so that was super exciting! I'm now finding myself daydreaming out of the window a lot more than previously, hoping to catch the blue tits on the...
  • Blog Post: February Events at Radipole Lake

    It's a dull grey day down here at Radipole Lake. The good news is the water levels are receding and the North Hide is now open. Sightings of the Marsh Harrier have been seen today and Spoonbills made an appearance over at Lodmoor this week. Our Hooded Merganser known as "The Hoodie"...
  • Blog Post: The decline of the hen harrier in NE Scotland

    By Ian Thomson, Head of Investigations, RSPB Scotland There is no denying that the hen harrier is one of our most spectacular and enigmatic birds of prey. It breeds in remote, out-of-the-way locations, often in the uplands, miles away from the biggest centres of human population. For me, it’s...
  • Forum Thread: Big Garden Birdwatch

    The day before the official birdwatch, I was watching the sparrows on my bird feeder. They were joined by a goldfinch. It held its own - fending off the sparrows that tried to dislodge it. Then a sparrowhawk alighted in our silver birch tree and all the little birds fled. Needless to say, when I did...
  • Blog Post: Icy blasts and wintery weather!

    8th January. Rained most of the day but still cold.. There had been snow showers overnight on high ground: looking across the Solway, the Scottish hills were snow-capped. There was a flurry of garden birds eager to top up from the feeders. An interesting article appeared in Birdguides: British...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings: First Signs of Spring

    Signs of spring are popping up around the reserve, hawthorn has already been spotted coming into flower, and this week we had our first snowdrop sighting in the grass by the visitor centre. Skylarks have been seen on the stacks and around the Lin Dike link a few times, and they have also been heard singing...
  • Blog Post: Attention: Change to usual Wildlife Explorer's Club in February

    Hello there, I'm speaking to all our wildlife explorer members and their parents/grandparents here. Just in case you hadn't heard, we have had to change February's club meeting from the third Saturday to the fourth Saturday to allow for a special activity we'll be running. Times remain...
  • Forum Thread: Crazy Weather

    I’m 67 years old, 2016 must be the craziest winter conditions I have lived though. There was a prediction before Christmas that we were heading for one of the most severe winters of reason times? I have a six-acre wildlife meadow, with primroses in bloom since 3rd January and snow drops from the 10th...
  • Media: Green Woodpeckers

    Images of Green Woodpeckers at The Grange CL wildlife meadow Sunday January 24th 2016 http://goo.gl/JGihhn
  • Media: Green Woodpecker /1

    Green Woodpeckers Sunday 24th January 'The Grange CL' Tibenham.
  • Blog Post: Cheerful chirps and boisterous behaviour

    Jenny Tweedie, from RSPB Scotland, brings you this blog on how house sparrows are fairing in Scotland and a helpful guide on telling the different types of sparrow apart in time for this year's Big Garden Birdwatch! Cheerful chirps and boisterous behaviour With their cheerful chirps, and boisterous...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings: Smew, Siskin and Snow!

    The Big Garden Birdwatch Lounge is thrumming with activity. Those two nuthatch have been busy at the feeders, we have also had a reed bunting, bullfinch and a siskin sat almost within touching distance of the visitor centre windows. Beyond the balcony a flock of around 20 siskin were spotted in the...
  • Media: Robin all Puffed Up.

    Red Robin all puffed up trying to keep warm on a cold January day in 2016
  • Blog Post: 'Walk It Off' New Year Walk - Birdwatching for All

    We got the year off to a great start, with our 'Walk It Off' guided walk on Saturday 2 January. Connecting People and Nature Intern, Jenny, joined the group to see what birds would show... Despite the thundering rain right through the wee hours of this morning, we had a cracking turnout...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful winter

    This weekend, many of us will have woken up to winter’s first snowfall. Though we were graced with just the lightest of dustings here in Bedfordshire (hardly enough for a snowman, let alone enough to crack out the sledge), it was more than enough to fire me up for a bracing morning walk. When...
  • Blog Post: What delights doth the New Year bring!

    New Year's Day Although a cold and quite dull day, the Reserve was brimming with hardy soles enjoying the great outdoors after the Christmas break. 'Col' reported having seen a female/juv Marsh Harrier from the hide. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS NVH - Marsh Harrier perched in front of the LH...
  • Blog Post: Why Are We Cutting Scrub and Burning Reeds at Radipole Lake?

    Why Are We Cutting Scrub at Radipole Lake? As you wander around the reserve you will notice that some parts have recently been cleared as illustrated in the photos below. Over the next three years our reserve team staff & volunteers will be cutting back a large amount...