• 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
  • How to have the best Birdfair ever

    In my last blog post, I gave my top five recommendations for things to see and do at Birdfair – in this post, I’d like to offer some practical advice to help you get the most out of your experience.


    1 Check the weather

    If it rains, the Birdfair site can get rather wet and muddy underfoot. And in full sunshine, the marquees are hot. I recommend checking the forecast before you come, and make sure you’re…

    • 17 Aug 2017
  • Top five things to see at this year’s Birdfair

    When you look at the Birdfair programme, it can feel a little overwhelming – there’s so much to see and do! How do you decide?

    Here are my top five recommendations to add to your list:

    1 Go see some art

    At the art marquee, you’ll find some of the best wildlife artists in the UK. Not only do you get to see their paintings, you get to meet them in person, and even see some of them working. It’s wonderful…

    • 11 Aug 2017
  • How your Birdfair ticket helps save the rarest birds in the world

    When you walk through the gates into Birdfair, you feel an enormous sense of pride and purpose. This happens because the money your paid for your ticket is doing something very special. It’s not going into the pocket of a corporate events organiser, but helping save some of the rarest and most threatened birds in the world.

    Every year, the RSPB and BirdLife International identify an overseas project that could…

    • 8 Aug 2017
  • To Birdfair and back again, and again, and again.

    I’ve been to 18 Birdfairs spread over 25 years so far, and I will keep coming back. So why do I keep returning to Rutland Water, in Oakham, every August?

    There’s so much to see and do here: the fascinating talks from bird experts, the world-class wildlife art, the hilarious celebrity quiz events and the international birding tour stands. It’s all good. But there’s one thing that makes Birdfair very special.…

    • 28 Jul 2017
  • Birdfair will brighten the summer!

    Golden Eagles at a nest in Scotland. I will be hosting a talk on the Friday to summarise the results of the 2015 national survey of this species. 

    With the rain sheeting down outside, all our minds naturally turn to the British Birdwatching Fair! This tented city with its lecture tents, stands thronged with Conservation NGO’s, optics marquees, and travel companies big and small; is the must be place for mid-August,…

    • 13 Jun 2017
  • RSPB Scotland Patrons has launched

    I’ve recently found myself reflecting on how the conservation movement ─ created, funded and underpinned by the actions of extraordinary individuals has delivered huge benefits in terms of the common public good and wider environmental progress. The deep connections between the people of Scotland and its wildlife have inspired them to dig deep in their pockets and support transformative actions. However, despite enabling…

    • 20 Apr 2017
  • Remembering Tam Dalyell's contribution to nature conservation

    Stuart Housden and Des Thompson remember a special contribution to nature conservation made by the late Tam Dalyell.

    The many warm tributes to Tam Dalyell, who died on 26th January 2017, having been a Labour MP for 43 years, have not mentioned his important and strategic contributions to nature conservation policy and legislation.

    During the passage of the Wildlife and Countryside Bill in 1980-81, Tam was indefatigable…

    • 27 Feb 2017
  • A tribute to my friend and colleague Eric Meek

    I was extremely saddened earlier this week when I learned of the unexpected and untimely death of my former colleague Eric Meek who passed away on the afternoon of Thursday 16th February after a very short illness. 

    I first met Eric in 1980, and he then became RSPB Scotland’s Orkney Officer from early 1981 until retiring in 2012.  His encyclopaedic knowledge of Orkney, especially its wildlife and in particular…

    • 17 Feb 2017