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  • Blog Post: Sun's out at Dungeness!

    We’ve had a jam packed couple of weeks of activities on the reserve! Both Cub Scouts and Brownies have visited and had a wonderful time pond dipping and exploring the reserve learning about wildlife. Brownies with a newt tadpole We also hosted 3 Wild Families events which included; pond...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful wildlife at Aberfoyle

    The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre in Aberfoyle is a five-star visitor attraction run by Forest Enterprise Scotland. It has a wildlife room - which is a joint project between Forest Enterprise Scotland and RSPB Scotland - where visitors can watch fantastic wildlife nearly every day, with webcams showing...
  • Blog Post: Introducing a Bonny wee hen harrier

    With the notable exception of Henry , few living hen harriers manage to achieve national celebrity status. But at barely six weeks old, our young male, Bonny, is already well used to the public eye, after the fitting of his satellite tag by trained and licensed RSPB staff was filmed and featured on the...
  • Blog Post: Monday’s Magic Moment:Newt-on's fourth law - water is where the wild things are

    As anybody who has seen Blue Planet can attest, there are few things more fascinating than the underwater world. But these wonders aren't confined to the tropical seas and oceans, there are incredible ecosystems at work right in your back yard. If you haven't already, give making a pond...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blog: Aalin, the sat-tagged Manx Hen Harrier takes to the air

    Neil Morris is the Managing Director of Manx BirdLife. Here he shares his thoughts and hopes for Aalin, the second hen harrier to be satellite tagged on the Isle of Man as part of a partnership between Manx BirdLife and RSPB's Hen Harrier LIFE Project. I’m a complete convert to Manx culture...
  • Blog Post: Toad tales

    Charlie McMurray is an intern at RSPB Scotland working on 'all nature' projects: mammals, amphibians and insects. This is her latest update on natterjack toads. By the beginning of May, the noisy natterjack toads at Mersehead were out in full force for the first time this year. Their loud...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings: Flying and fluttering in the sun

    Butterfly season is now in full swing! The Discovery Trail and the Lin Dike link are great places to spot brightly coloured insects on the wing as they dance above wildflowers in the sunshine. Purple hairstreak, Chris Shields (rspb-images.com) We have some very dedicated volunteers who monitor...
  • Blog Post: Get your wildlife adventure started this September

    September is a month of great change for wildlife. As summer begins to make way for autumn the nature around us adapts to its changing surroundings. We’ve got some great ways for you to discover more of the wildlife close to you this month. No matter your budget, there’s nature waiting out...
  • Blog Post: Conversations about farming, food and nature at Countryfile Live

    Policy Officer and farming campaigner Harry Greenfield spent his first weekend of the month at Countryfile Live, taking in the show and talking to visitors about farmland wildlife, why farming is such an important part of the RSPB's work and making space for nature in a modern food system. Earlier...
  • Blog Post: Elwood Blues: First tagged hen harrier of 2016 goes missing

    Ian Thomson is RSPB Scotland's Head of Investigations, whose team help to monitor the data from our satellite tagged hen harriers. Here he shares some upsetting news. We knew it would happen sooner or later, I just hoped that for once it might be later... It’s very disappointing to have...
  • Blog Post: Butterflies - Winging it?

    I’ve always felt that butterflies were show-offs, or maybe even a bit mad! When nearly all other flying insects try to keep a low profile, with a nice plain appearance and speedy movements, butterflies seem to waltz around doing the exact opposite. Like bits of brightly coloured paper caught...
  • Blog Post: Short back and sides

    Normally hidden away in the reedbed, skulking around on the saltmarsh or scrambling around Warton Crag, our wardens and their troupe of volunteers are notoriously difficult to spot. But over the last few weeks you may have caught a glimpse of these mysterious beings in action, as they have just finished...
  • Blog Post: Brexit - what does the future hold for farming?

    Posted on behalf of Senior Policy Officer Tom Lancaster We’re often told by politicians at Westminster that ‘Brexit means Brexit’; but what does Brexit actually mean, and what does it mean for farming, land use and nature? Cattle grazing in cirl bunting habitat (RSPB-images...
  • Blog Post: Fifty Shades of Pink

    Well, maybe not quite that many shades. During the summer months of July and August, Radipole's hedgerows have a distinct pinky-purpley tinge to them. Below are the wild flowers you can currently see on the reserve, in their various shades of pink and purple. Great Willowherb also know...
  • Blog Post: Dungeness update 12th August 2016

    We've had a wonderful week for wildlife here at Dungeness. Waders can be seen frequently on the islands on Burrowes pit. The list of waders spotted this week include: little stints, redshank, greenshank, ringed plover, little ringed plover, golden plover, sanderling, black-tailed godwit, bar-tailed...
  • Blog Post: New plans for Farm Wildlife

    A new and updated plan for arable farms has been developed by the Farm Wildlife partnership, and is now available on the website - www.farmwildlife.info . This plan brings together the knowledge and expertise of all the partners involved in the project to provide the essential habitats and farm management...
  • Blog Post: Revealing the fortunes of birds: what satellite transmitters tell us

    Revealing the fortunes of birds: what satellite transmitters tell us Here Ian Thomson, RSPB Scotland's Head of Investigations, explains why fitting satellite transmitters to birds of prey is so important and what the data provided tells us about the these birds. A golden eagle chick in Galloway...
  • Blog Post: Rediscoveries

    The Lake Vyrnwy reserve is around 10,100 hectares in size which makes the finding and recording of certain species rather difficult, needle in a haystack at times. Given the size, conducting comprehensive surveys of the whole site would be extremely time consuming and therefore surveys of specific habitats...
  • Blog Post: All of a flutter.

    A walk along the Lonning and back via the Blue Route at the height of Summer is pure joy. The arable fields here are ablaze with colour and a hive of activity as butterflies, bees and insects utilise this rich source of pollen and nectar. These fields have been planted up with crops to provide seed...
  • Blog Post: RSPB Dungeness' first ever Big Wild Sleepout!

    We were so excited to be able to host the Big Wild Sleepout at RSPB Dungeness for the very first time this year. Although we have been supporting the campaign over the years, it was finally time to take part! 41 people turned up to our fully booked event on the Saturday to set up their tents...
  • Blog Post: A Brilliant Big Wild Sleepout!

    With the summer holidays in full swing, the team at Fairburn Ings have been recovering nicely from last weekend’s Big Wild Sleepout. I had a cosy night’s sleep in my one man tent, waking up to voices in deep discussion of whether you could in fact fit a human in such a small space....
  • Blog Post: Can new technology save albatross from extinction?

    Stephanie Winnard, Project Officer for the Albatross Task Force writes: Albatrosses are incredible apex predators, but are vulnerable to bycatch in fisheries. Image by Augusto Silva-Costa, Projecto Albatroz At least 160,000 seabirds are dying in longline fisheries every year. 15 of 22 albatross...
  • Blog Post: Why did the caterpillar cross the road?

    A caterpillar mystery has been solved! At the beginning of July, volunteer Neville discovered a mysterious caterpillar crossing the busway track. Unable to identify it, he contacted the Royal Entomological Society who identified the caterpillar as an emperor moth caterpillar, Saturnia pavonia. ...
  • Blog Post: A round up of our summer show season for 2016

    August heralds the winding down of show season for us, and this year has been as busy as ever for the agriculture team. We’ve been all over the UK to talk about nature-friendly farming, and it’s a great way for us to catch up with friends in the farming world, hear about issues and successes...
  • Blog Post: Did you take part in Big Wild Sleepout?

    Splendid sunrises, torchlit safaris, midnight feasts... Last weekend (29-31 July) the nation embarked on a nocturnal adventure to discover the secrets of night-time nature as part of the RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout . By camping on a reserve, in the garden – or even on balconies, in some cases...