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National survey fuels plans to help one of Scotland’s most iconic birds

26 July 2017

The latest national survey of Scotland’s population of capercaillie, the world’s largest grouse, estimates there to be only 1114 individuals - making it one of the country’s most endangered birds.

Capercaillie close up

Get up, get out, and get wild this summer!

24 July 2017

RSPB Scotland is offering half price entry to three of its reserves this summer to reconnect families with the natural world.

Children playing in grass

Mystery of birds’ movements at sea solved

7 July 2017

New research has identified the most important areas for Britain and Ireland’s seabirds at sea, with the majority of ‘hotspots’ revealed in the coastal waters of Scotland.

Razorbill, close up of head

New survey reveals the creatures living in your garden

6 July 2017

A new study has revealed the mixed fortunes of our most familiar and favourite garden wildlife with a decline in sightings for some.

Hedgehog

Scotland keeps a welcome for Welsh osprey

4 July 2017

One of only two female Welsh ospreys breeding successfully in the UK has hatched out two chicks in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

Osprey female on eyrie in morning light

Hen harrier population suffers decline in Scotland

28 June 2017

Hen harrier numbers have fallen by 9% in Scotland since 2010, according to the latest national survey of these birds, with the total population now estimated to be less than 500 breeding pairs.

Female hen harrier flying low

RSPB Scotland statement on the Firths of Forth and Tay offshore windfarms: Application to the Inner House for permission to appeal its Judgment to the Supreme Court

12 June 2017

RSPB Scotland has decided to start the appeal process by applying to the Inner House for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Wind farms, nr Burnley, close up, blades frozen

Puffarazzi wanted to help puffin conservation efforts

1 June 2017

This summer RSPB Scotland is asking visitors to puffin colonies around the UK and Ireland to play a vital role in an innovative project aimed at helping puffin conservation.

Puffin carrying sandeels

RSPB Scotland responds to publication of government satellite-tagging review

31 May 2017

RSPB Scotland has welcomed the announcement of the setting up of an independent enquiry into gamebird shoot licensing made today by the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP.

Profile of golden eagle

RSPB Scotland responds to news of revoked licence at Raeshaw Estate

26 May 2017

RSPB Scotland responds to news SNH has revoked a licence to control wild birds at Raeshaw Estate because of concerns about wildlife crime.

Buzzard in field of winter wheat

Wildlife groups call for partnership with shooting community over licensing of gamebird hunting

26 May 2017

Wildlife conservation organisations are calling for a progressive partnership with the shooting community, to develop a licensing scheme for gamebird hunting in Scotland.

Female hen harrier flying low

RSPB Scotland statement on the Firth of Forth and Tay offshore windfarms appeal judgment

16 May 2017

RSPB Scotland statement on the Firth of Forth and Tay offshore windfarms appeal judgment

Close up view of frozen wind turbine blades, Burnley

RSPB Scotland echoes Police Scotland appeal for information after rare hen harrier is shot in South Lanarkshire

16 May 2017

An individual, armed with a shotgun and with his face covered, was observed at the scene, but left hurriedly, on a quad bike before the police were able to attend.

Female hen harrier flying low

New director appointed at RSPB Scotland

15 May 2017

RSPB Scotland, the country’s largest wildlife conservation charity, has appointed a new director.

Second discontinued prosecution for alleged raptor persecution offences

12 May 2017

RSPB Scotland has expressed its frustration and disappointment after another prosecution of an individual charged with alleged wildlife crime offences was discontinued by the Crown Office in Scotland.

New project launched to save Scotland’s rarest insects

10 May 2017

A new project is being launched in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park to save six of Scotland’s rarest invertebrates.

Dark bordered beauty moth

Alleged illegal killing of a protected hen harrier

5 May 2017

Court proceedings against a former gamekeeper, accused of shooting a protected hen harrier, have been dropped by the Crown Office.

Record breaking numbers of migrant bird arrive on Tiree

1 May 2017

A record breaking 2,270 black-tailed godwits have arrived on the Isle of Tiree this spring, the highest number thought to have ever been counted in Scotland at one time.

Black-tailed godwit resting

A mother’s determination: EJ the osprey braves the snow to keeps her eggs toasty

25 April 2017

EJ, the famous Loch Garten osprey, is braving snow storms to keep her eggs toasty.

Latest figures reveal changing fortunes for Scotland’s birds

11 April 2017

The state of the UK’s birds 2016 report is the one-stop shop for all the latest results from bird surveys and monitoring studies.

Curlew sitting in grassy field

Appeal for information after another satellite-tagged eagle disappears

1 April 2017

RSPB Scotland has today issued an appeal for information following the disappearance of a satellite tagged golden eagle near Strathdon in Aberdeenshire.

Profile of golden eagle

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results: a waxwing winter

30 March 2017

This year, the 38th year of the survey, over 35,000 people took part in Scotland and counted 626,184 birds including some exciting visitors.

Flock of waxwings in tree

Abernethy is Nature Reserve of the Year!

22 March 2017

RSPB Scotland's Abernethy has been voted the overall winner for Nature Reserve of the Year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards Competition, 2017.

Scots pines at Loch Mallachie

RSPB Scotland welcomes Peatland Action Scheme funding announcement

15 March 2017

RSPB Scotland welcomes today’s announcement that £8million will be made available over the next year for peatland restoration under the Peatland Action Scheme.

Pool at Forsinard Flows nature reserve

Heritage Lottery Fund award to help save puffins

15 March 2017

An RSPB Scotland project to aid conservation efforts for puffins has been awarded £49,800 by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Puffin in breeding plumage, Skomer Island

Wildlife heroes sought for prestigious conservation awards

13 March 2017

RSPB Scotland has announced that the sixth annual Nature of Scotland Awards, championed by comedian and avid birdwatcher Bill Bailey, are open for entry.

Red squirrel on a tree stump

Toad-al success

9 March 2017

Numbers of breeding natterjack toads recorded at one of RSPB Scotland’s nature reserves have increased by 400%.

Natterjack toad

RSPB’s newest reserve is an island paradise for birds

3 March 2017

The RSPB has acquired a new nature reserve on the Humber after signing a 50 year lease for Whitton Sands, a secluded island, teeming with wildlife.

Marsh harrier gliding over reedbed

RSPB Scotland responds to SNH report on gamebird hunting

25 February 2017

Today sees the publication of a Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) report comparing the gamebird hunting regulations in 14 European countries.

Male red grouse standing in long grass

Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham visits RSPB Scotland Loch Leven to ‘Show the Love’

10 February 2017

In the lead up to Valentine’s Day, RSPB Scotland is asking people to ‘Show the Love’ for their favourite special places that they don’t want to lose to climate change.

View over Loch Leven

Critical Solway Firth site secured for nature

6 February 2017

RSPB Scotland Mersehead is now whole thanks to successful appeal.

Reedbeds from Meida hide, RSPB Mersehead

Fill up your feeders: it’s time for Big Garden Birdwatch 2017!

27 January 2017

Thousands of people across Scotland are expected to watch and count their garden birds for this year’s RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

Flock of waxwings in tree

RSPB Scotland responds to publication of Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy

24 January 2017

RSPB Scotland has responded to the publication of the Scottish Government’s Scottish Energy Strategy today.

Close up of wind turbine blades

Government must take opportunity to set wildlife friendly low carbon future for Scotland

17 January 2017

The Scottish Government has the opportunity to set ambitious energy targets that are in harmony with nature in its forthcoming “Scottish Energy Strategy” says RSPB Scotland.

Puffin sitting on rock, beak full of fish, Isle of May National Nature reserve

Wildlife trail generates millions for economy

9 January 2017

People visiting Dumfries and Galloway to see the region's red kites have contributed over £8.2m to the local economy, a new report has found.

Red kite

Eagle-eyed schoolchildren set to count the nation’s birds

4 January 2017

Thousands of schoolchildren across Scotland will be swapping books for binoculars this term to take part in the UK’s biggest schools wildlife survey.

1019552 - Big Schools Birdwatch