• Nature on the doorstep

    RSPB Scotland Senior Conservation Officer David Hunt shares stories of his local nature.
    • 4 Mar 2021
  • John and the 2020 IOSF Otter Oscar Awards

    John, aged 11, lives on the Isle of Skye and combines his enthusiasm for photography with his passion for nature in his hometown, Kylerhea. John won the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) 2020 Otter Oscar Awards for Photography and Artwork with his incredible wildlife photos. We talked to John to find out what inspired his project and to find out more about what he does to help nature.
    • 1 Mar 2021
  • Mountain hare protection in Scotland - What happens next?

    On February 28 the last ever mountain hare season in Scotland will end. RSPB Scotland Senior Species and Habitats Officer James Silvey discusses what protections for mountain hare in Scotland will mean.
    • 25 Feb 2021
  • Managing water for wildlife at Loch of Strathbeg

    In last week’s blog archaeologist Jill Harden told us about the history of the windpump at our Loch of Strathbeg nature reserve, and the role it once played in managing water. Here warden Lorna Dow takes over the story and tells us how water management continues to play a crucial on the reserve.

    Although our aims have changed since the windpump was used, we still manage water on the reserve, but now for wildlife…

    • 22 Feb 2021
  • From nature protection to nature’s recovery: nature laws in Scotland outside of the EU

    For the past few years environmental charities have been working hard to ensure that protections for nature are strengthened, not rolled back, as the UK exited the EU. In this blog, Isobel Mercer gives us a stocktake of progress in Scotland and a look ahead to how we can build from nature’s protection to nature’s recovery in 2021.
    • 18 Feb 2021
  • New lease of life for Loch of Strathbeg windpump

    The 230 year-old windpump at our Loch of Strathbeg nature reserve underwent some much needed conservation work last year. Jill Harden, the RSPB’s Archaeologist for Scotland and Northern Ireland tells us more.

    Since 2014 we have been exploring ways to save the 230 year-old windpump tower at our Loch of Strathbeg nature reserve. And now it’s done!  And it’s all been made possible by a grant from Historic Environment…

    • 15 Feb 2021
  • Five things to love about local nature

    Valentine's Day is just around the corner so to ‘Show the love’ we’ve shared some of the things we love most about exploring local nature.
    • 11 Feb 2021
  • Five facts about goldfinches

    RSPB Scotland’s Allie McGregor shares five facts about one of our common garden visitors.
    • 4 Feb 2021
  • Farm funding for wildlife: positive, but not the full solution needed

    Last December, we wrote about how some of Scotland’s wonderful wildlife was under threat and facing a precarious future. This was due to the lack of a decision by the Scottish Government about the vitally important Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS). Thankfully, the Scottish Government announced at the end of 2020 that the scheme would be reopening in 2021, although not fully and with no guarantee of funding beyond…
    • 21 Jan 2021
  • How to Big Garden Birdwatch as a non-birder

    I asked my non-birdy partner for his top tips on how to take part in Big Garden Birdwatch, when you don’t know that much about birds!
    • 18 Jan 2021
  • Silly ways to Big Garden Birdwatch

    Right now, we could all do with a bit of cheering up. They say laughter is the best medicine, and when teamed with hard-core data collection, what more could you need? The last weekend in January (29-31!) is Big Garden Birdwatch, here are some silly ways you can get involved, whilst contributing to the world's largest garden wildlife survey!
    • 11 Jan 2021
  • Thank You Volunteers!

    Cécile Farber, our Community Fundraising Manager, gives a huge thank you to our amazing pin badge volunteers, for the incredible work they’ve done this year despite all the challenges of 2020!
    • 4 Jan 2021
  • ID Tips for Scotland's Top Five!

    Last year over 33 thousand people across the Scotland took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch. Together, you counted almost half a million birds! That’s amazing! And the good news is, it’s almost time to dust off those binoculars, check your feeders are topped up, and get counting again! Here’s a countdown of Scotland’s top five visitors from Big Garden Birdwatch 2020, and some handy ID tips if they’re visiting you.
    • 28 Dec 2020
  • A Christmas feast for your garden birds!

    You might be celebrating Christmas a bit differently this year, but your garden birds will be just as hungry as ever! In the winter there’s less food available in the wild, so any food you put out in your garden, balcony, window feeder or park will be very gratefully received. Here’s a quick guide to what you can put out and foods to avoid.
    • 24 Dec 2020
  • Five facts about our Christmas nature

    RSPB Scotland’s Allie McGregor shares five facts about some of the nature we associate with Christmas.
    • 21 Dec 2020
  • Five ways to help nature in winter

    RSPB Scotland’s Allie McGregor shares five ways to give nature a helping hand during winter.
    • 17 Dec 2020
  • Decision on farm funding for wildlife needed urgently

    Andrew Stark, RSPB Scotland Land Use Policy officer, discusses the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme and why it is so important for our nature and wildlife.
    • 14 Dec 2020
  • Reflecting on Scottish Government's announcement of plans to license grouse shooting

    A look at what has lead to the Scottish Government decision to introduce a licensing scheme for grouse shooting.
    • 11 Dec 2020
  • #OneYearToCOP26: A youth-led approach

    Katie and Kirsty, members of our Climate Change Youth Project, share some of their experiences of standing up for nature as a young person.
    • 10 Dec 2020
  • Our 2020 highlights

    RSPB Scotland’s Allie McGregor shares some of RSPB Scotland’s highlights from this year.
    • 7 Dec 2020
  • Wrapping up unfinished business – Scotland’s marine birds receive long-awaited gift of protection

    RSPB Scotland’s Marine Policy Officer Ruby Temple-Long discusses why the Scottish Government's recent announcement of twelve new Special Protection Areas is such an important step and what we would like to see next to secure a brighter future for our seabirds.

    By this time in the festive season we’re usually singing about a partridge in a pear tree, two turtle doves and three French hens, but this year, a new gift…

    • 4 Dec 2020
  • Celebrate nature during the giving season

    RSPB Scotland’s Allie McGregor shares some ways to celebrate nature as winter sets in and the holidays approach...
    • 30 Nov 2020
  • Five facts about kingfishers

    Nothing is quite as special as the first time you spot a kingfisher. Except perhaps the second time you spot one. Or maybe the third? Basically, every time you catch a glimpse of that unmistakable bright blue streak is not a moment you’ll forget in a hurry. Molly Martin tells us five facts about this gorgeous little bird.
    • 23 Nov 2020
  • Five facts about bullfinches

    RSPB Scotland’s Allie McGregor shares five facts about bullfinches.
    • 16 Nov 2020
  • New law must drive forward action to protect and restore nature

    The Continuity Bill aims to fill gaps in laws as we exit the EU, but it must be strengthened to safeguard existing protections and unlock future action for nature. Isobel Mercer, Senior Policy Officer, tells us how.
    • 9 Nov 2020