• RSPB Scotland’s approach to capercaillie conservation

    NatureScot recently published the Review of Capercaillie Conservation and Management. In this blog, we’ll be taking a look in more detail at the report’s findings, our response to them, and the work that we at RSPB Scotland have been doing to help these majestic birds to try to ensure a long term future for the species here.
    • 4 May 2022
  • A positive step for farming

    Anne talks about why the recently published 'next step in delivering our vision for Scotland as a leader in sustainable and regenerative farming' by the Scottish Government is making her optimistic for the future of nature and farming in Scotland.
    • 25 Mar 2022
  • Good Food Nation

    A healthy and functioning natural world is key to our food system. As the Good Food Nation Bill makes its way through the Scottish Parliament, it’s vital that MSPs grab this opportunity to make our food system better not only for people, but our environment as well.
    • 23 Feb 2022
  • Scotland Offshore Wind announcement 2022

    Anne calls for reassurance from Scottish Government that nature won't be forgotten in the new offshore wind developments.
    • 21 Jan 2022
  • Funding Nature's Recovery

    Later this week, the Scottish Government will be publishing their 2022-23 Budget and has a chance to give nature some of the funding it needs. So, what will we be looking for in the budget?
    • 6 Dec 2021
  • Post-COP thoughts

    Thoughts and lessons learned from COP26, from Anne McCall, Director of RSPB Scotland
    • 16 Nov 2021
  • Nature has a role to play in helping us adapt to climate change

    Anne discusses our new report, which looks at how Nature-based Solutions can help us adapt to climate change.
    • 4 Oct 2021
  • Urgent decisions needed to support nature and climate friendly farming

    In today's blog, Anne highlights the need for nature to join greenhouse gas emissions in the discussion around agriculture in Scotland.
    • 22 Sep 2021
  • RSPB Scotland's response to the Programme for Government 2021

    Anne responds to the 2021 Programme for Government, and what it means for nature.
    • 10 Sep 2021
  • Planning for Scotland’s net-zero, nature-rich future.

    Anne talks about the National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4), currently being drafted by Scottish government officials, which will address the nature and climate emergency. Anne looks ahead to Scotland’s net-zero, nature-rich future.
    • 27 Aug 2021
  • Planting the seeds of a green recovery

    MSPs recently voted to increase funding for nature. In this blog Anne McCall, Director of RSPB Scotland gives us the run-down of what happened and our assessment of how well the green recovery is going in Scotland.
    • 26 Mar 2021
  • Publication of the Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Response

    Anne McCall, Director of RSPB Scotland, responds to the publication of the Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind.
    • 14 Jan 2021
  • The RSPB gamebird shooting and associated land management policy review: what it means in Scotland

    Anne McCall, Director of RSPB Scotland, and Duncan Orr-Ewing, RSPB Scotland Head of Species and Land Management, share the outcomes of the RSPB gamebird shooting and associated land management policy review and what it means in Scotland.
    • 12 Oct 2020
  • Land use is key to responding to the nature and climate emergencies

    RSPB Scotland Director Anne McCall responds to the Committee on Climate Change report released today.
    • 23 Jan 2020
  • Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

    Today is the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week 2019, which aims to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health. Anne McCall, Director of RSPB Scotland, discusses some of the work we are doing both within the organisation and for the wider community to contribute to this goal.
    • 13 May 2019
  • Nature is a vital solution to the climate emergency

    It's really fantastic that the Scottish Government has so swiftly accepted the advice of the UK Committee on Climate Change that we need to cut climate emissions to net-zero target by 2045. Scotland can lead the way on climate action, and at the same time help our precious wildlife, but Government must now help deliver more nature-based solutions to climate change across Scotland. Anne McCall, RSPB Scotland Director,…

    • 2 May 2019
  • A look back at 2018

    Anne McCall takes a look back at our successes of 2018, and considers the challenges ahead
    • 14 Dec 2018
  • Missed opportunities for wildlife: the Scottish Government’s Forestry Strategy

    Anne McCall shares RSPB Scotland's recommendations to the Scottish Government for a stronger Forestry Strategy
    • 27 Nov 2018
  • On the Islands

    Some reflections on the Islands Act and how it will be important to our wildlife and environment.

    On the Islands

    On the 6th July 2018, the first ever Scottish legislation focused exclusively on islands entered the statutes. This is a significant milestone - and a major achievement - for island communities across Scottish archipelagos. It signals a refinement of political representation, and further devolution of powers…

    • 15 Oct 2018
  • Celebrating Scottish nature champions

    Anne McCall takes a look over our Ntaure of Scotland Awards which began in 2012. 

    Celebrating Scottish nature champions

    One of the highlights of my job is getting to sit down and read through all the applications we receive for the Nature of Scotland Awards each year – something I had to do fairly recently in preparation for our judging panel discussions on 31 July. Each year it becomes a bigger job, as we get more and…

    • 31 Jul 2018
  • Scotland's future rural policy

    Anne McCall takes us through RSPB Scotland's vision for future rural policy in Scotland and how you can have your say on it through a Government consultation.

    Scotland's future rural policy


    The debate around the future of farming and rural policy in Scotland post Brexit has been well underway for some time now. You can find RSPB Scotland’s views here in a paper co-authored with our conservation partners…

    • 11 Jul 2018
  • Working together for nature’s recovery

    “EU institutions have played a pivotal role over the past forty years in ensuring that our environment laws have been enforced, and giving a voice to citizens and civil society like ourselves who speak up for nature. The loss of EU oversight will result in gaps in our environmental protections and threaten Scotland’s unique and special natural heritage. This issue must be addressed. That’s why we have been working with…

    • 29 Mar 2018
  • Scotland’s Forestry Bill

    Anne McCall takes a look at what’s being proposed in the ‘Forestry Bill’ currently working its way through the Scottish Parliament.

    Scotland’s Forestry Bill


    The subject of governance arrangements and organisational structures is never one to set the world alight. But these things do matter. As the ‘Forestry Bill’ works its way through the Scottish Parliament, there are some who have raised…

    • 23 Feb 2018
  • World Wetlands Day 2018

    In this blog Anne McCall, Director of RSPB Scotland, celebrates this year's World Wetlands Day. 

    World Wetlands Day 2018

    You probably aren’t aware – unless you are obsessed with bogs and swamps - that February 2nd is World Wetlands Day. Here are just a few reasons why we should all be celebrating these fascinating and diverse habitats, not just today but all year round.

    One benefit of our frequent wet…

    • 2 Feb 2018
  • Non-native invaders: could we become world leaders in biosecurity post-Brexit?

    This is my last blog wearing my RSPB hat and I have decided to look again at the impact that Invasive Non Native Species (INNS) are having on biodiversity in the UK and across the globe. This is one of the hidden killers of native wildlife-and a by-product of man’s ability to cross oceans and inadvertently transport species to new environments. Trade and carelessness have been the downfall of many island species already…

    • 19 Oct 2017