• Black grouse lekking at RSPB Corrimony: 21 years and counting

    RSPB Scotland has been counting black grouse in and around Corrimony nature reserve for many years, and we have seen steady growth in numbers in that time. Site Manager Simon Mclaughlin talks about the important habitat and what is being done to support black grouse.
    • 10 Dec 2018
  • My Internship with RSPB Scotland Central Highlands

    RSPB Scotland offers internships designed to give a broad range of training and experience needed for a career in conservation. Intern Nicholas Thorsen shares his experience from reserves across the country.
    • 6 Dec 2018
  • The history and future of red kite conservation

    Red Kites are a significant and increasingly visible conservation success story across much of the UK although there remain conservation challenges, particularly in Scotland. RSPB Scotland’s Duncan Orr-Ewing, who has worked on red kite conservation for nearly 25 years, explores these successes and highlights some of the issues that still need to be addressed if this bird’s population is to make a complete recovery.
    • 4 Dec 2018
  • Five nature highlights from 2018

    Scotland is an amazing place for wildlife and with just over a month left of 2018 we’re taking a look back over some of the nature highlights from this year.
    • 29 Nov 2018
  • Winners revealed at the Nature of Scotland Awards

    Last week we hosted our annual Nature of Scotland Awards recognising Scotland's nature heroes from the past year. Find out all about the amazing work of the winners.
    • 27 Nov 2018
  • Look after wildlife in the winter garden

    Whether they’re scurrying away to hibernate this winter or out foraging amongst the frost, your garden wildlife can benefit from a helping hand as the days get shorter and the temperature continues to drop. Here are some tips on what you can do in your winter garden to help wildlife.
    • 26 Nov 2018
  • Five facts to know about Fungi

    Fungi are all around us in nature but they don’t always get the reputation they deserve. Here are five facts about fantastic fungi.
    • 19 Nov 2018
  • Calling all red kite photographers in North Scotland! We need your wing-tagged red kite photos!

    This winter will mark our third red kite winter roost observations project. Find out more about the project and why we need you to get involved by sharing your photos.

    Calling all red kite photographers in North Scotland! We need your wing-tagged red kite photos!

    This winter we are co-ordinating our third ‘red kite winter roost observations project’ in North Scotland and we need your help. We need photos of wing-tagged…

    • 7 Nov 2018
  • £3.75m investment announced for Cairngorms Connect – A wild landscape in the making

    The Endangered Landscapes Programme (ELP) recently announced a £3.75 million grant to support the Cairngorms Connect project of which RSPB Scotland is a project partner. RSPB Scotland's Jennifer Mullen shares more about the project and how the support from ELP will help the project fulfil it's potential.

    £3.75m investment announced for Cairngorms Connect – A wild landscape in the making

    We are…

    • 5 Nov 2018
  • 5 facts to know about bats

    Happy Halloween! While we gorge on sweets bats are building up their fat reserves and preparing for months of hibernation. RSPB Scotland’s Allie McGregor shares five facts about one of our favourite spooky species.

    Species in Scotland

    There are 9 species of bat that can be found in Scotland. We have the brown long-eared, whiskered, noctule, Natterer’s, Daubenton’s, Leisler’s, and three kinds of pipistrelle – common…

    • 31 Oct 2018
  • Ground-breaking project for Orkney wildlife gets green light

    An ambitious partnership project which will work towards safeguarding internationally important Orkney wildlife has received support from the National Lottery and the EU’s LIFE programme. RSPB Scotland’s Kirsty Nutt shares the great news and the importance of the project.


    Ground-breaking project for Orkney wildlife gets green light
                                                                                

    We have some wonderful news!

    The Orkney Native…

    • 25 Oct 2018
  • Rare Invertebrates in the Cairngorms: A volunteers experience

    J is a keen volunteer on the Rare Invertebrates in the Cairngorms project, which is working to improve the conservation fortunes of some of the Cairngorms National Park’s rarest species. She has an important role monitoring key sites for species such as the small scabious mining bee, and looking for new sites that might be hiding the other rare invertebrates. J has shared with us some of her experience of working…

    • 23 Oct 2018
  • Why becoming a Good Food Nation is Necessary for Wildlife Conservation

    The 16th of October marks World Food Day, which aims to raise awareness of worldwide concerns such as food poverty, health, and the environment. Science Communication student Sophie Goodchild shares the challenges and opportunities that we are faced with while we strive to become a good food nation. 

    Why becoming a Good Food Nation is Necessary for Wildlife Conservation

    Happy World Food Day!

    Today is a day to celebrate…

    • 16 Oct 2018
  • Five facts about Scotland’s winter migrants

    While some species leave the UK for winter, many others are arriving. Pink-footed geese, sanderling, and whooper swans are just some of the species we can expect to be joining us soon as they arrive from the arctic, northern Europe, and Scandinavia. RSPB Scotland's Allie McGregor writes five facts to know about migrants arriving this winter.

    Five facts about Scotland’s winter migrants

    1. Where do they come from…

    • 13 Oct 2018
  • Coul Links Inquiry Process Kicks Off

    Thank you to those who have been following our Save Coul Links campaign. A few of you have been getting in touch recently to find out what’s happening and what you can do to help. Kate Bellew, our Senior Conservation Planner explains the latest news as the case heads towards a public inquiry.

    Coul Links Inquiry Process Kicks Off

    Following an overwhelming public response, the Coul Links proposals have been ‘called…

    • 11 Oct 2018
  • Here is your prescription for nature

    RSPB Scotland has recently launched it's partnership with NHS Shetland for 'Nature Prescriptions'. The benefits of contact with nature can include improvements in mental health as well as physical. On World Mental Health Day it is important to encourage increased awareness, understanding, and support worldwide for sufferers of mental illness, and anyone who experiences threats to their mental health and wellbeing…

    • 10 Oct 2018
  • Goodbye IFLI, hello IFF

    The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) was an exciting programme of work toward conserving and enhancing the unique landscape and heritage of the upper reaches of the Firth of Forth. The programme came to an end in September, but the partnership will continue as Inner Forth Futures, building on the great work which has already been done. In this blog Sue Walker, IFLI Communications Officer, reflects on the amazing…

    • 9 Oct 2018
  • How will the wildlife of Insh Marshes fare when the A9 road is dualled?

    Autumn is a busy time of year for the team at our Insh Marshes reserve with changing seasons and new visitors. It's just one of many exciting times of year on the reserve. Karen Birkby, Reserve manager, speaks about why Autumn is one of her favourite seasons on the reserve and how the wildlife on the marshes might be affected by the upcoming A9 dualling plans.

    How will the wildlife of Insh Marshes fare when the A9…

    • 5 Oct 2018
  • Five facts you need to know about wigeons

    Scotland’s wintering population of wigeons will be arriving over the next month. RSPB Scotland’s Jess Barrett brings you five facts you need to know about these ducks.

    Five facts you need to know about wigeons


    1. Male wigeons are very distinctive

    Wigeons are smaller than mallards with a round head and small bill. The males have very distinctive plumage with a yellow forehead, pink breast and grey body…

    • 28 Sep 2018
  • Migrants arrive on autumn winds

    Summer is certainly over in Scotland, and autumn winds have replaced the gentle summer breeze. Heather Beaton, Uists Warden, shares the joys of spotting the species arriving with the change in weather.

    Migrants arrive on autumn winds

    The wind has changed in the Outer Hebrides now. Gone are the soft, warm winds of summer, with the gentle scent of salt and a longing to be outdoors and up in the high hills. In their place…

    • 27 Sep 2018
  • Latest developments on the Coul Links campaign

    Those of you following the campaign to Save Coul Links will know that we’re part of a group of conservation organisations fighting to stop proposals for a golf course on this triple protected wildlife site. Coul Links is one of the Scotland’s national treasures and is designated as a SPA, Ramsar site and SSSI. Kate Bellew, our Senior Conservation Planner, explains the latest news on the Coul Links campaign.…

    • 21 Sep 2018
  • Why nothing less than a new food law will do

    Last week's Programme for Government announcement reflected the lack of commitment to a Good Food Nation Bill that the Scottish Government has been promising for years. Vicki Swales, RSPB Scotland's Head of Land Use Policy, explores the reasons why new food legislation is crucial.

    Why nothing less than a new food law will do

    For the past two years the Scottish Government has been promising to bring forward a…

    • 13 Sep 2018
  • Success for Hoy's white-tailed eagles

    It has been a brilliant year for white-tailed eagles on Hoy with chicks for the first time in over 100 years and a successful Eaglewatch for visitors all summer. Lee Shields, RSPB Scotland Warden based on Hoy, shares all the exciting news in this blog.

    Success for Hoy's white-tailed eagles

    It has been an exciting year on our Hoy nature reserve, with the news that two white-tailed eagle chicks have successfully left…

    • 12 Sep 2018
  • Archaeology on the wild side

    Jill Harden, Reserves Archaeologist at RSPB Scotland, shares some of the intriguing historical finds to be seen at RSPB Scotland Forsinard Flows, which is in the Flow Country right in the north of mainland Scotland. 

     

    Archaeology on the wild side

     


    Ben Griam Beg with Ben Griam Mor beyond – a long walk in

     

    Ben Griam Beg stands at the SW corner of the Forsinard Flows reserve overlooking a vast swathe of open peat…

    • 10 Sep 2018
  • Fantastic news for Coul Links! Controversial proposals ‘called-in’ for further scrutiny

    Following an amazing public response to our e-action campaign for Coul Links, we welcomed the recent news that Scottish Ministers have decided to call in the controversial golf proposals which threaten this triple protected wildlife site. Senior Conservation Planner Kate Bellew outlines the next steps and how to keep updated as the campaign to #SaveCoulLinks continues.  

    Fantastic news for Coul Links! Controversial proposals…

    • 6 Sep 2018