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Scottish gardens alive with wildlife after dark thanks to warm July

28 July 2016

People taking part in RSPB Scotland’s annual Big Wild Sleepout this weekend (29 – 31 July) are in for a busy night of wildlife watching.

Girl and boy in the garden

Illegal bird traps discovered on Deeside grouse moor

22 July 2016

RSPB Scotland has appealed for information following the discovery of illegally-set spring traps in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.

Winter-plumaged common gull wing-stretching

RSPB Scotland statement on offshore windfarm judicial review decision

19 July 2016

In January 2015 RSPB Scotland challenged Scottish Ministers’ consents for four large offshore windfarms in the outer firths of the Forth and Tay.

Wind farms, nr Burnley, close up, blades frozen

RSPB Scotland responds to launch of marine Special Protection Areas consultation

4 July 2016

Lloyd Austin, Head of Conservation Policy at RSPB Scotland warmly welcomes the proposals.

Kittiwake in flight

Record-breaking bird inspires musical masterpiece

27 June 2016

Today, more than 2000 children will perform a special piece of music inspired by one of Britain’s rarest breeding birds

Get involved in Giving Nature a Home, your chance to save nature

14 June 2016

RSPB Scotland is calling on people to get involved in Giving Nature a Home this summer by doing at least one thing for wildlife in their garden or outdoor space, after new data revealed further declines in sightings of some of our most familiar and favourite garden species.

Hedgehog in garden

New RSPB research shows Scotland can switch to low carbon energy without harming wildlife

24 May 2016

Europe’s largest conservation charity, the RSPB, has launched a new report showing how the UK could transform its energy system and meet its 2050 climate targets in harmony with nature.

Wind farms, nr Burnley, close up, blades frozen

Celebrate Scottish wildlife at RSPB Scotland’s Big Nature Festival

18 May 2016

A weekend of nature activities, workshops, talks, exhibitors, and fun for all the family returns to East Lothian this weekend as RSPB Scotland’s Big Nature Festival takes place in Mussleburgh.

Puffin calling, Isle of May National Nature reserve

You’d have to be quackers to nest there!

11 May 2016

Eagle eyed Glasgow commuters have spotted a mallard duck nesting in a window box hanging off the side of one of the Clyde’s busy bridges.

nesting_duck_glasgow

Study reveals that wind farm led to reduction in number of breeding birds

15 April 2016

A new study has shown a significant reduction in the number of breeding birds following the construction of turbines at a wind farm in the north of Scotland.

Golden plover in field (winter)

RSPB Scotland Big Garden Birdwatch results are in

31 March 2016

Across Scotland over 36,000 people joined in the world’s largest garden wildlife survey during the last weekend in January 2016.

Fluffy long-tailed tit

RSPB Scotland extremely disappointed by delay on beaver decision

23 March 2016

RSPB Scotland has responded to the Scottish Government announcement that a decision on beaver reintroduction will be delayed until later this year.

Beaver

RSPB Scotland celebrates return of EJ the osprey to Loch Garten

23 March 2016

RSPB Scotland is celebrating the return of EJ the osprey to its Loch Garten nature reserve in Speyside, a full 12 days earlier than she appeared last year.

Female osprey in flight

Will it be chicks this year?

22 March 2016

A pair of sea eagles are currently preparing to nest on RSPB Scotland’s Hoy nature reserve, raising hopes that this year may see Orkney’s first chicks in nearly 150 years.

Adult white-tailed eagle in flight over sea

RSPB Scotland responds to the latest seabird indicator for Scotland

18 March 2016

Scottish Natural Heritage today published the Seabird Biodiversity Indicator Report 2016, using information collected from the Seabird Monitoring Programme.

Kittiwake taking off from sea

RSPB Scotland launches search for conservation heroes

18 March 2016

The search to find Scotland’s nature conservation heroes has begun with entries now open for RSPB Scotland’s Nature of Scotland Awards.

Tables at awards ceremony

The strange case of the disappearing duck

11 March 2016

Of all the research projects carried out by RSPB Scotland, perhaps one of the most puzzling has been the case of a disappearing duck: the common scoter.

Flock of common scoters sleeping

Leading international scientists call on Scottish Government to reject Strathy South wind farm

4 March 2016

Leading international peatland experts are calling for a 39-turbine wind farm proposal in the heart of Caithness and Sutherland’s Flow Country to be refused.

Bog pools below Stetill Hill, Forsinard

RSPB Scotland welcomes Scottish Government announcement on wildlife crime penalties

24 February 2016

RSPB Scotland responds to announcement that Environment Minister Aileen McLeod has accepted recommendations to introduce tough new maximum penalties for those who commit wildlife crimes.

Profile of golden eagle

Keep nest boxes simple, not stylish, says RSPB Scotland

19 February 2016

People across Scotland are being urged to put up a nest box in time for the bird breeding season.

Blue tit inspecting nestbox

RSPB Scotland objects to application for ship-to-ship oil transfers in Moray Firth

5 February 2016

RSPB Scotland has objected to an application to allow ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Moray Firth.

Bottlenose dolphin

RSPB Scotland snaps up nature reserve at most northern point of British mainland

5 February 2016

RSPB Scotland has announced that it has purchased the nature reserve at Dunnet Head, which is the northernmost point of mainland Britain.

Dunnet Head

Bags for wildlife: RSPB Scotland and Aldi team up to get children connected to nature

2 February 2016

Children across Scotland will have a chance to get connected to nature thanks to a new partnership between RSPB Scotland and supermarket chain Aldi.

Girls animal tracking at Rye Meads

Join in the world’s largest wildlife survey

29 January 2016

Spend an hour this weekend counting the birds that are counting on you.

Male house sparrow in bush

Update on felling operation in Flow Country

26 January 2016

Update on felling operation in Flow Country

Pool at Forsinard Flows nature reserve

Local attraction grabs gold for second year running

15 January 2016

RSPB Scotland Loch Leven is delighted to announce the renewal of their Gold Food for Life Catering Mark.

Scone and cup of coffee