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Rare beetles discovered in Scotland for first time in decades

20 December 2014

Two rare beetles have been discovered in Scotland for the first time in decades at RSPB Scotland reserves.

Abernethy nature reserve

Conservation partnership urges Minister to rethink risky goose cull

18 December 2014

Response to SNH’s announcement on the goose management strategy.

Barnacle geese at Preston Merse, RSPB Mersehead nature reserve

RSPB Scotland responds to new offshore windfarm research

15 December 2014

RSPB Scotland responds to new research suggesting the majority of seabirds are likely to avoid offshore windfarms.

Gannet pair preening on Bass Rock

RSPB Scotland welcomes conviction of gamekeeper for illegally killing a goshawk

11 December 2014

RSPB Scotland welcomes conviction of gamekeeper for illegally killing a goshawk.

Adult goshawk

Sandeel summit is first for Scotland

11 December 2014

RSPB lead groundbreaking talks at Scottish Seabird Centre to discuss how to recover vital ocean species

Puffin with sandeels in beak

Murmuration magic fills the winter sky

11 December 2014

Starling murmurations are set to darken the winter skies as part of an incredible not-to-be missed wildlife spectacle.

Starling roost at dusk

FATS: The way to do it

8 December 2014

Scottish Water is encouraging customers to keep the water cycle going and help garden birds by disposing of cooking fats, oils and grease responsibly during the festive season and beyond.

Blue tit

New venue announced for Scotland’s Big Nature Festival 2015

3 December 2014

Thousands expected to attend wildlife weekend

Wildlife Explorers at Titchwell Marsh RSPB reserve

News that renewables now Scotland's largest source of power welcomed by country's biggest wildlife charity

27 November 2014

More renewables needed but must not harm Scotland's wildlife.

Wind farms, nr Burnley, close up, blades frozen

Sustainable fishermen land big opportunity

25 November 2014

‘Quota bonuses’ must go to the UK’s ‘best’ boats

Danish trawler fishing for sandeels with gannets and kittiwakes

Conservation heroes honoured at Nature of Scotland Awards

21 November 2014

Conservation heroes from across Scotland have been honoured at the third annual RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards.

Table set for dinner

GoldStar for Scottish nature reserve

14 November 2014

RSPB Loch Leven scoops top award

The RSPB Loch Leven team with their Goldstar Green Tourism Award

Spotty spiders and shiny butterflies boosted by RSPB conservation efforts

5 November 2014

A spider that looks like a ladybird, a plant that resembles plaited hair and a 'greasy' butterfly have been among the conservation success stories on RSPB nature reserves this year.

Ladybird spider

An eye on remote seal pups

4 November 2014

People across the globe can tune in to watch grey seals being born on two of Orkney’s islands this autumn

Grey seal

Have a nature-friendly Bonfire Night, says RSPB Scotland

3 November 2014

Charity suggests wildlife spectacles as firework display alternatives

Large flock of starlings congregating at dusk

Hen Harriers for LIFE

22 October 2014

First cross-border project launched to save rare bird of prey

Female hen harrier with food

RSPB Scotland extremely concerned by consent for offshore windfarms

10 October 2014

RSPB Scotland has expressed major concerns about the granting of consent for four offshore windfarms in the Firth of Forth by Scottish Ministers today. The developments threaten Scotland's internationally important marine wildlife and in particular large colonies of seabirds.

Offshore wind farm

RSPB Scotland says new CAP greening decisions are fair and balanced

8 October 2014

RSPB Scotland says new CAP greening decisions are fair and balanced

Distant view of Cuilcagh Mountain, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Surprise recovery for elusive Scottish bird

3 October 2014

Corncrake populations reach highest levels since counts began

Pair of corncrakes among horsetails, Tiree, Scotland

RSPB Scotland welcome Cabinet Secretary’s latest announcement on greening the CAP

25 September 2014

Proposal on green CAP a small but positive step for wildlife

Flower-rich margin at Hope Farm, Cambridgeshire

Scotland’s kestrels in severe decline

13 September 2014

RSPB conservationists suggest cause after early research

Kestrel

Ratty resurfaces in Strathspey

2 September 2014

Endangered water voles return to RSPB Insh Marshes after 20 year absence

Water vole feeding

Chris Packham to host RSPB’s Nature of Scotland Awards

13 August 2014

The 2014 shortlist was announced at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday night

Dinner

Warts and all

8 August 2014

RSPB Scotland and ARC work to save rare natterjack toad.

Natterjack toad

Gold award for RSPB Loch Leven in Scottish first

5 August 2014

The View cafe at RSPB Loch Leven nature reserve has become the first visitor attraction in Scotland to achieve the prestigious Gold Food for Life Catering Mark from the Soil Association.

Scone and cup of coffee

Celebrate National Play Day at Portobello Beach

4 August 2014

Learn more about fascinating marine wildlife with RSPB Scotland and Marine Conservation Society

Gannet pair preening on Bass Rock

RSPB Scotland welcomes Government decisions on Scottish farm support

1 August 2014

We welcome the decision made by Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead on CAP greening rules and the approach proposed for Ecological Focus Areas.

Farm Manager Eion Brown at sheep fank, Loch Gruinart

RSPB Scotland welcomes Government protection for Scotland’s seabirds

24 July 2014

New legislation is first step towards saving iconic species

Pair of kittiwakes on rock

RSPB Scotland welcomes approval for two new wind projects

23 July 2014

Careful management of wildlife habitats is key

Wind farm

RSPB Scotland welcomes report exposing absence of golden eagles in southern Scotland

16 July 2014

RSPB Scotland has welcomed the publication of a report by Scottish Natural Heritage exposing the absence of protected golden eagles from large tracts of suitable habitat in southern Scotland.

Golden eagle

Milestone for osprey conservation as 100th chick takes to the air at RSPB Loch Garten

14 July 2014

The 100th osprey to fledge from a famous nest in the Highlands took to the air for the first time over the weekend.

Osprey female on eyrie in morning light

Delight as Loch Garten reaches osprey milestone

1 July 2014

Sixty years on and Loch Garten approaches its 100th fledgling.

Loch Garten osprey centre

Rare Aspen hoverfly creating a buzz

27 June 2014

A rare Highland insect is benefiting from a research project to determine the conditions it needs to thrive.

Hammerschmidtia ferruginea

RSPB Scotland broadly welcomes new planning blueprints

23 June 2014

The Scottish Government this morning launched the third national planning framework for Scotland and a revised Scottish Planning Policy.

Mosses on the mire at RSPB Vane Farm nature reserve

Bumper butterfly spectacle hoped for on RSPB reserves

23 June 2014

Staff on RSPB’s Islay reserves are hoping for thousands of rare butterflies to emerge in the next few weeks resulting in a unique nature spectacle.

Marsh fritillary

RSPB Scotland calls for action to protect hen harriers

20 June 2014

RSPB Scotland is calling for more sporting estates to take action to protect the country’s hen harriers during the breeding season.

Female hen harrier in flight

Happy campers for happy wildlife

19 June 2014

Families across Scotland will carry on camping for wildlife this weekend by taking part in the RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout.

Big Wild Sleepout - 2014

Bring back beavers to boost biodiversity

18 June 2014

RSPB Scotland has expressed its support for further managed reintroductions of beavers following the conclusion of the Scottish Beaver Trial, run by Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, in Knapdale Forest, Argyll last month.

Beaver

East Scotland sea eagles try again

17 June 2014

A white-tailed eagle chick has successfully hatched in Fife for the second year running, it was announced today.

Shelly fledging

Aberfoyle ospreys provide soap opera viewing with love triangle in the Trossachs

12 June 2014

Male ospreys face a challenging summer: a 3,000-mile commute, a fight for the best mate, and then long months of fishing to feed a hungry brood.

Glaslyn 2006 osprey chick

CAP deal does too little to encourage greener farming

11 June 2014

RSPB Scotland says decisions announced today by Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead on how to spend £4.2 billion of farm subsidies do too little to encourage greener farming or support farmers who manage Scotland’s most environmentally important land.

Tractor collecting silage

RSPB Scotland welcomes Highland Council objection to Strathy South windfarm

10 June 2014

Strathy South application will now go to a public inquiry

Greenshank in shallow water

Beetlemania rocks Coll

9 June 2014

Rare oil beetle found in abundance on Hebridean island

Machair habitat on Coll

National peatland plan welcomed

6 June 2014

RSPB Scotland has today welcomed the publication of the important National Peatland Plan – the consultation on the future of Scotland’s peatland.

View from visitor trail, including snow-capped Ben Griam, RSPB Forsinard Flows

Shetland’s Sumburgh Head Lighthouse Buildings officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal

6 June 2014

The opening ceremony for the newly refurbished Sumburgh Head Lighthouse Buildings in Shetland took place this week.

Puffins sitting on stone wall at RSPB Sumburgh Head nature reserve

Major EU funding award to enhance seabird populations on Shiant Islands

6 June 2014

A project to safeguard Scotland’s threatened seabird colonies has been awarded almost £450,000 of European Union funding.

Razorbills and puffins - Shiant Islands

Appeal to help breeding birds

3 June 2014

With the bird breeding season in full swing, RSPB Scotland is urging people to consider nesting birds as they go about their work.

Fluffy lapwing chick

It's go for the flows!

3 June 2014

Heritage Lottery Fund gives full approval to multi-million pound environmental investment.

1050675 - View across bogs and pools at Forsinard Flows nature reserve

RSPB Scotland welcomes introduction of carrier bag charge

29 May 2014

RSPB Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Parliament's approval today of new regulations that will introduce a compulsory charge for single-use carrier bags.

Rubbish

New survey to reveal fortunes of rare bird

28 May 2014

One of Scotland’s rarest birds will be the subject of a national survey to see how the population is faring after years of decline.

Chough about to land

Loch Garten welcomes first osprey chick of 2014

19 May 2014

RSPB Scotland’s famous Loch Garten Osprey Centre has welcomed its first chick of the season.

Osprey female on eyrie in morning light

Fresh call for urgent action to save Scotland’s struggling seabirds

15 May 2014

RSPB Scotland proposes 7 marine sites to be designated Special Protection Areas under EU law

Arctic tern calling in flight

Where the wild things are

6 May 2014

Celebrate National Children’s day at Scotland’s big nature festival

Children playing in grass

Fresh hope to stem serious decline of threatened bird

24 April 2014

RSPB Scotland scientists have uncovered new evidence that could help to halt the dramatic decline of a rare upland bird.

Male ring ouzel, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Scotland’s Big Nature Festival Returns

22 April 2014

Thousands of wildlife and nature lovers are expected to flock to the third annual Scottish Birdfair on the 10th and 11th May making it the biggest and best yet.

Family at Labrador Bay

Pioneering project to expand and restore Scotland’s native Caledonian pine forest gets underway

14 April 2014

A visionary project to accelerate the expansion and restoration of the country’s native Caledonian pine forests to their former glory will see thousands of trees planted on a nature reserve in Speyside.

View across pines towards mountains, RSPB Abernethy Forest nature reserve

Online donations to boost reward for information about poisoned birds of prey

4 April 2014

RSPB Scotland has set up a Justgiving web page after being inundated by calls from members of the public asking to contribute to a reward for information about the deaths of 16 birds of prey.

Red kite in flight

Reward for information about poisonings doubled to £10,000

3 April 2014

An anonymous donor deeply concerned about the illegal killing of 16 birds of prey in Ross-shire has come forward to increase the reward for information leading to a successful prosecution.

Tollie Red Kite

Staff and volunteers devastated at loss of much-loved birds of prey

2 April 2014

RSPB Scotland staff and volunteers who have dedicated years to helping birds of prey have spoken of their anger and disappointment after 16 birds were confirmed dead in Ross-shire.

Red kite in flight

IPCC report highlights climate change affecting Scotland’s iconic natural heritage

31 March 2014

A major new report supports growing evidence that climate change is having a devastating impact on some of Scotland’s most iconic species and habitats.

Pair of kittiwakes on rock

Authorities appeal for information over poisoning in Ross-shire

28 March 2014

RSPB Scotland offer £5,000.00 reward for information that leads to conviction.

Red kite in flight

Big Garden Birdwatch results: Goldfinch move up the rankings in Scotland

27 March 2014

Nearly 40,000 Scots took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch and have discovered some interesting changes among our most recognisable garden birds, with one species that benefits from a bit of extra help creeping up the rankings.

Goldfinch on branch

Return of Scotland’s famous ospreys

26 March 2014

Scotland’s osprey season is off to a flying start with the early return of a much-loved face to the RSPB’s Loch Garten Osprey Centre.

Female osprey taking off from nest at Glaslyn

Forth wildlife, communities and heritage set to benefit from major funding award

26 March 2014

An ambitious project that aims to revitalise and celebrate some of the Inner Forth’s key natural and historic locations has been awarded £1.9m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Skein of pink-footed geese in flight against blue sky

Major concern over consent for two offshore wind farms in Moray Firth

19 March 2014

Scottish Ministers have today granted consent for two major offshore windfarms in the Moray Firth. RSPB Scotland fully supports the development of offshore wind in Scotland but has major concerns about the impact these two huge windfarms could have on Scotland’s internationally important seabird populations.

Offshore wind turbine

Children chuffed at Attenborough praise

18 March 2014

Pupils at the Slamannan primary school in Falkirk have received two letters congratulating them from Sir David Attenborough.

Slamannan - letter from Sir David Attenborough

Curry up to save Asia’s vultures

18 March 2014

Curry-lovers are invited to a dining experience with a difference on 20 March to help save Asia’s vultures from extinction.

Indian white-backed vulture

RSPB Scotland welcomes Scottish Parliament’s constructive criticism of Scotland’s planning blueprint

14 March 2014

Four committees of the Scottish Parliament today published their recommendations on the Governments third National Planning Framework (NPF3).

Mosses on the mire at RSPB Vane Farm nature reserve

Leading countryside groups join forces to challenge fracking rules across the UK

13 March 2014

Poorly regulated fracking and shale gas extraction risks harming threatened species and polluting our waterways, according to a report produced by the UK’s leading wildlife and countryside groups.

Fracking - report

Come and Enjoy Wild Orkney

1 March 2014

On Saturday 1 March, the much-anticipated Orkney Nature Festival 2014 programme is launched and bookings will open for individual events.

Common seal yawning

Top nature photographers revealed in RSPB Scotland photo competition

28 February 2014

A rare glimpse of the courtship habits of an elusive migratory bird was the subject of the winning photograph in the RSPB Scotland Wildlife Photography Competition 2013

Red-necked phalarope

RSPB Scotland calls for a new independent body to regulate the open cast coal industry

26 February 2014

RSPB Scotland is this week calling for the creation of a new, independent body to ensure that the open cast coal industry in Scotland is properly regulated in future.

Loading truck, St Aidens opencast coal mine

RSPB Scotland searches for top conservation heroes

26 February 2014

Nature of Scotland Awards set to celebrate people and projects that protect wildlife and nature

Nature of Scotland Awards logo

Farming to save the ‘fat man’

26 February 2014

Farmers in the northeast of Scotland are helping to save an iconic farmland bird

Corn bunting perching on twig

Nature reserve installs domestic turbine in effort to reduce carbon footprint

19 February 2014

A small scale domestic wind turbine has been installed at RSPB’s Loch Leven nature reserve near Kinross in an effort to help reduce the climate change emissions of the organisation.

Micro turbine

RSPB Scotland welcome decision to reject challenge to wind farm off coast of Aberdeen

11 February 2014

RSPB Scotland has today welcomed the decision by the Court of Session in Scotland to reject Trump International’s challenge to Scottish Ministers’ decision to approve a windfarm off the coast of Aberdeen.

Close up view of frozen wind turbine blades, Burnley

UK investigation leads to conviction of three Swedish egg collectors

31 January 2014

An enquiry, which started in the UK in 2009 involving the collecting and trading of wild birds’ eggs, has led to the conviction of three Swedish egg collectors today [Friday 31 January 2014] after a 23-day trial in the province of Ångermanland, in central Sweden. One of the men was jailed for a year.

Black-throated diver on loch

Acclaimed Wildlife Cameraman Gordon Buchanan asks petitions committee to adopt golden eagle as national bird

27 January 2014

Springwatch cameraman gives evidence to committee in support of RSPB campaign

Profile of golden eagle

Count the birds that are counting on you

23 January 2014

More than 48,000 Scots are expected to be watching their garden birds at the weekend (25-26 January), for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

Children filling up bird feeders

Tiny tag reveals record-breaking bird migration

9 January 2014

Tracker unearths secret journey of Scottish red-necked phalarope

male red-necked phalarope being rung