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RSPB Scotland welcomes Scottish Government plans to improve regulation of coal extraction and calls for funding to support clean-up at legacy sites

20 November 2015

RSPB Scotland welcomes Scottish Government plans to improve regulation of coal extraction and calls for funding to support clean-up at legacy sites.

1017042 Loading truck, St Aidens opencast coal mine, Allerton Bywater

RSPB Nature of Scotland Award winners announced

20 November 2015

Scotland’s wildlife champions were honoured last night at the fourth annual RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards, hosted by Springwatch presenter Iolo Williams.

Table set for dinner

RSPB Scotland welcomes the publication of the Scottish Government’s Review of Wildlife Crime Penalties

19 November 2015

RSPB Scotland welcomes the publication of the Scottish Government’s Review of Wildlife Crime Penalties

Adult goshawk

Numbers of rare breeding bird fall in Scotland

17 November 2015

One of Scotland’s rarest breeding birds, the corncrake, has suffered a poor season this year (2015) with numbers dropping by nearly a fifth.

Pair of corncrakes among horsetails, Tiree, Scotland

Seabirds weather it out on RSPB Scotland reserves, but Northern Isles still in trouble

11 November 2015

RSPB Scotland’s nature reserves recorded large numbers of healthy seabird chicks fledging their nests in 2015, despite the exceptionally wet summer.


Bearded tits thriving in the Tay reedbeds

7 November 2015

Long-term monitoring of one of the country’s most charismatic little birds has revealed that the River Tay is possibly their largest stronghold in the UK.

Male bearded tit feeding in Phragmites reedbed

RSPB Scotland welcomes General Licence restrictions in areas of confirmed wildlife crime

4 November 2015

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has restricted the use of General Licences on four properties in Scotland this week where they believe there is sufficient evidence of crimes against birds of prey in recent years.

Profile of golden eagle

Rare breeding bird found at Scottish nature reserve for first time in decades

3 November 2015

A bird which is extremely rare in Scotland, and the rest of the UK, has bred at RSPB Scotland’s Balranald nature reserve in North Uist for the first time in 31 years.

Two red-necked phalaropes

Rare birds of prey tagged in landmark project

16 October 2015

Scottish hen harriers, one of our rarest and most threatened birds of prey, are being tracked via satellite tags as part of the RSPB’s Hen Harrier LIFE+ Project.

Female hen harrier in flight

Archaeologists discover prehistoric weapons on RSPB Scotland reserve

15 October 2015

Archaeologists have discovered 3,000-year-old bronze weapons buried on the RSPB Scotland nature reserve on the Isle of Coll.

New Reserve hailed as “jewel in the crown” by Minister

14 October 2015

Environment Minister, Dr Aileen McLeod, has visited The Great Trossachs Forest – Scotland’s newest National Nature Reserve.

Nature conservation organisations call on Government to deliver ambitious vision for nature and people

13 October 2015

An ambitious and inspirational long-term plan is urgently needed to save nature and improve our well-being – that is the clear message from the Response for Nature report.

Red kite in flight, Wales

What do you get when you cross a weasel with a swan?

26 September 2015

The dramatic moment a young weasel came face to face with a curious swan has been captured on camera by an RSPB Scotland volunteer at the wildlife charity’s Lochwinnoch nature reserve.

Swan and weasel

RSPB Scotland welcomes rejection of Spango wind farm plans

23 September 2015

RSPB Scotland has welcomed the decision by the planning committee of Dumfries and Galloway Council to reject proposals for the Spango wind farm.

Flock of golden plovers wheeling over estuary

Iolo Williams to host Nature of Scotland Awards 2015: Shortlist unveiled at Scottish Parliament reception on Thursday night

11 September 2015

Wildlife expert and TV presenter Iolo Williams has been unveiled as this year’s host of RSPB Scotland’s Nature of Scotland Awards.

Table set for dinner

RSPB calls for a Restoration Investment Fund for orphaned coal mines

8 September 2015

RSPB is calling for the UK Government to use tax revenues from coal power stations to establish a Restoration Investment Fund.

Loading truck, St Aidens opencast coal mine

RSPB Scotland responds to sentencing of convicted buzzard killer

2 September 2015

RSPB Scotland responds to the sentencing of a gamekeeper convicted of the killing and possession of a buzzard.

Buzzard sitting on post in field

Two more red kites found illegally killed in North Scotland

28 August 2015

Two more red kites have been confirmed by Scottish Government testing to have been illegally killed in north Scotland.

Flying red kite

Flows to the Future Project: Field Centre Contract Awarded

14 August 2015

The pioneering vision of the Peatlands Partnership to make the dramatic and extensive flow country a centre of European research and innovation excellence has taken a significant step forward.

View over bog pools at Forsinard

New National Nature Reserve will be UK’s largest

13 August 2015

The Great Trossachs Forest has been approved as a National Nature Reserve by the Board of SNH.

Great Trossachs

RSPB Scotland appeal after rare raptor shot dead in south-west

11 August 2015

RSPB Scotland have issued an appeal for information following confirmation that a hen harrier found dead on a grouse moor had been illegally shot.

Female hen harrier in flight

Join in, sleep out and get connected to nature

6 August 2015

The RSPB is asking people to sleep outside this weekend (7-9 August) to get closer to nature as part of its Big Wild Sleepout event.

Tichwell sleepout - campsite

Golden Plover in trouble but siskin and warblers thrive across Scotland

31 July 2015

The latest Breeding Bird Survey report reveals Golden Plover and Kestrel are in trouble across Scotland, whilst warbler and Siskin populations are thriving.

Flock of golden plovers

RSPB-led study reveals extent of upland burning in Scotland: Burning found in over half of conservation areas assessed

21 July 2015

A new study led by the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science has revealed the extent of moorland burning across Britain’s upland areas.

Heather moor/fell above Old Water, Geltsdale RSPB reserve

RSPB Scotland pleased with success of osprey measures at T in the Park

13 July 2015

RSPB Scotland is pleased with the success of T in the Park at the weekend in avoiding disturbance to local breeding ospreys.

Adult male osprey in flight, Scotland

Brightly coloured day moth seen on Tiree: First record of a six-spot burnet on the island

10 July 2015

A brightly coloured moth has been recorded for the first time on Tiree by RSPB Scotland.

Six-spot burnet moth on Tiree

We’re backing beavers

1 July 2015

RSPB Scotland is just one member of a coalition of more than 20 Scottish environmental organisations, all calling for beavers to make a comeback.

Wet woodland habitat created by beavers

Nature Needs You: Jim Eadie MSP joins RSPB Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust to ask people to help nature

29 June 2015

Jim Eadie MSP, Species Champion for hedgehogs, joined RSPB Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust at Johnston Terrace Garden, a wildlife reserve in the heart of Edinburgh, today to ask people to help nature.


New webcam offers wonderful views of nesting red-throated divers

26 June 2015

A new wildlife webcam based in Orkney offers rare close-up views nesting red-throated divers

Red throated diver, summer plumage, wing flapping

Black Devon Wetlands named RSPB Scotland’s newest nature reserve

19 June 2015

A tranquil area of wetland and grassland on the south-eastern edge of Alloa has become RSPB Scotland’s newest nature reserve.

Snipe resting among rushes

Baby whale found on Tiree beach

17 June 2015

The calf of a pilot whale has been washed up on a beach on Tiree. A local resident reported the whale to RSPB Scotland yesterday.

Proposed site for development at Holm Bay near Killyleagh

RSPB Scotland fears for fate of rare birds if wind farm gets green light

13 June 2015

Wildlife charity issues warning as Strathy South inquiry draws to a close

Greenshank in shallow water

SSE wants 39 wind turbines at Strathy South when as few as two could do the job

9 June 2015

SSE wants 39 wind turbines at Strathy South when as few as two, located elsewhere, could do the job

Micro turbine

White-tailed eagle project celebrates significant milestone: BBC Springwatch reveal 100th breeding pair on Hoy

28 May 2015

Forty years after white-tailed eagles were reintroduced to Scotland these magnificent birds have reached the important milestone of 100 breeding pairs.

White-tailed eagle in flight

Project to save Scotland’s red squirrels given a boost by RSPB Scotland

25 May 2015

Environment Minister hails mission to save the popular native mammal

Red squirrel in Scots pine tree

Shhh... RSPB Scotland’s silent auction

18 May 2015

RSPB Scotland has launched its first ever online auction for Scotland’s Big Nature Festival – NOW LIVE!

Family at Rye Meads nature reserve

RSPB Scotland Abernethy celebrates tree nursery opening

13 May 2015

Donors and local schoolchildren attend event to mark important part of forest expansion project.

View of mountains through trees, RSPB Loch Garten nature reserve

RSPB Scotland responds to Council decision on T in the Park

12 May 2015

RSPB Scotland responds to Council decision on T in the Park

Pair of ospreys feeding chicks at eyrie

100 voluntary organisations Unite to Defend Nature

12 May 2015

100 voluntary organisations across the UK have joined forces to call for the protection of Europe’s natural environment.

Capercaillie close up

Bill Oddie to speak at RSPB Scotland’s Big Nature Festival

12 May 2015

RSPB Scotland has announced Bill Oddie will be attending Scotland’s Big Nature Festival in East Lothian next month.

Bill Oddie

RSPB Scotland searches for leading lights of conservation

29 April 2015

Entries open for wildlife charity’s Nature of Scotland Awards

Table set for dinner

A prickle of hedgehogs and a scurry of squirrels among garden wildlife secrets

28 April 2015

RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch reinforces importance of gardens to threatened wildlife

Hedgehog foraging in leaves

RSPB Scotland sets strict criteria for T in the Park

24 April 2015

Festival can go ahead as long as conditions observed, says wildlife charity

Female osprey landing at nest with moss

SSE windfarm at Strathy South could take over 20 years to become carbon neutral

23 April 2015

It has been revealed that the Strathy South windfarm could take up to 24.8 years to ‘pay back’ the carbon impacts of its construction.

Blades of wind turbine

RSPB Scotland dismayed at SSE windfarm inquiry tactics

20 April 2015

Public inquiry into SSE’s controversial windfarm proposals at Strathy South delayed following procedural error by the energy giants.

Large wind farm in Scotland

Ban mountain hare culls for three years, urge Scottish wildlife organisations

14 April 2015

A group of 10 high-profile wildlife and conservation organisations are calling on the Scottish Government to impose a three-year ban on all mountain hare culling on grouse moors.

mountain hare

Osprey nest activities "unethical and unacceptable"

27 March 2015

A spokesman for RSPB Scotland said: “We regard the current activities around the osprey nest as unethical and unacceptable. Even if they are within the law, they must stop immediately.

Adult male osprey in flight, Scotland

RSPB Scotland’s Big Garden Birdwatch results: Robins and tree sparrows move up the rankings

26 March 2015

Over 43,000 people across Scotland took part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch this year, spending an hour counting the birds in their garden over the weekend of 24 and 25 January.

Male house sparrow

CAP rules jeopardise future of high nature value farming and crofting

12 March 2015

Recent Scottish Government decisions on Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) rules and payments are likely to leave the fate of many farmers and crofters hanging in the balance.

Corncrake calling

RSPB Scotland opposes calls from coal industry for new tax breaks and calls for a restoration fund to support coal communities

12 March 2015

RSPB Scotland is calling for the rejection of proposals to grant new tax breaks to support open cast coal extraction.

Loading truck, St Aidens opencast coal mine

RSPB Scotland warns time is running out for T in the Park as ospreys start returning to UK

10 March 2015

RSPB Scotland has today warned time is running out to reduce the impact of T in the Park on wildlife at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire.

Osprey female on eyrie in morning light

RSPB Scotland responds to application to hold T in the Park at Strathallan Castle

24 February 2015

RSPB Scotland has responded to the application to move T in the Park to a new venue at Strathallan Castle.

Adult male osprey perched in early morning sunlight, Scotland

Police and RSPB appeal for help to identify wildlife criminals

17 February 2015

Goshawk nest footage reveals men repeatedly visiting area in what appears to be an attempt to kill the birds.

Adult goshawk

Golden eagle numbers to be revealed by fourth national survey

12 February 2015

One of Scotland’s most iconic birds will be the subject of a fourth national survey to see how its population is faring.

Profile of golden eagle

Rescued chick spreads her wings

6 February 2015

White-tailed eagle sighted in Dumfries and Galloway revealed to be survivor of nest tumble.

Venus's parent overhead. Photo: Roy Dennis

Funding boost to transform Aberdeenshire nature reserve

26 January 2015

RSPB Scotland awarded over £50,000 for Loch of Strathbeg facilities

Flock of pink-footed geese at dawn at the RSPB Strathbeg nature reserve

Big Garden Birdwatch can help give nature a home all year round, says RSPB Scotland

23 January 2015

World’s biggest garden wildlife survey takes place Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 January

Male house sparrow bathing in garden pond

RSPB Scotland encourages objections to controversial Flow Country windfarm

20 January 2015

RSPB Scotland has maintained its robust objection to controversial proposals by SSE for Strathy South windfarm

Greenshank looking for food in shallow water

RSPB Scotland welcomes prison sentence for convicted bird of prey killer

12 January 2015

RSPB Scotland welcomes the custodial sentence awarded at Aberdeen Sheriff Court to the convicted bird of prey killer George Mutch

Adult goshawk