• Reality TV?

    Weekly update from Conservation Manager, Stuart Benn.

    Reality TV?

    Between Winterwatch and The One Show it’s been a mad couple of weeks.  But, whilst appearing on live telly and meeting famous people is great, it’s not what the rest of my life is like and it’s not what most other folks’ lives are like either.

    I’ve been thinking about that gap between what appears on screen and our own reality…

    • 30 Jan 2013
  • A garden to call my own

    With the Big Garden Birdwatch fast approaching, Media & Communications Officer Louise Smith explains why this year’s survey will be particularly special for her...

    A garden to call my own

    I’m really looking forward to this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Don’t get be wrong, I’ve enjoyed it in previous years, not just because it keeps me very busy in the office but also because it’s a nice way to spend…

    • 26 Jan 2013
  • All eyes on the feeder in Dumfries & Galloway

    Guest blogger ,Stacey Paul, tells us why she is looking forward to participating in Big Garden Birdwatch for the first time.

    All eyes on the feeder in Dumfries & Galloway

    Feeling inspired by my role with the Dumfries & Galloway Wild Spring Festival http://www.wildspringfestival.com/ I thought it would be fun to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.  Even though we aren’t bird watchers generally, tomorrow…

    • 26 Jan 2013
  • The day I worked with Jon Bon Jovi!

    In his weekly blog, Conservation Manager Stuart Benn, tells us what it's like to chat about Golden eagles next to a rock star.

    The Day I Worked with Jon Bon Jovi!!

    Sometimes you just never know what is waiting around the corner!

    Back in the summer we made a film with the One Show of us fitting satellite tags to a couple of Golden eagle chicks.  That all went well and I was told that they would show it at some…

    • 25 Jan 2013
  • What's that bird?

    Test your bird ID skills ahead of the Big Garden Birdwatch (January 26-27).

    What’s that Bird?

    There is just one week to go until the World’s largest wildlife survey. So to prepare you for the big day and celebrate the start of Big Schools Birdwatch on Monday, we’ve prepared a few short quizzes  designed to test your bird knowledge.




    • 21 Jan 2013
  • When Winterwatch came to town

    In his regular blog, Conservation manager Stuart Benn provides a behind the scenes look at his recent brush with fame.

    One of the things I really like about my job is that you never quite know what is going to come up next.

    The day had started as planned – a wee trip east of Inverness to meet up with Ian, my counterpart in Aberdeen.  But, rather than sit down in an office, we’d arranged to have a chat as we walked…

    • 16 Jan 2013
  • Starlings by the Bucketload

    Conservation Manager, Stuart Benn kicks of 2013 with a must-see wildlife spectacle

    Starlings by the Bucketload

    Happy New Year!

    What’s on your bucket list?  You know, those things that you would really, really like to see or do before your time is up.  I’ve still got plenty that are on there but I ticked one off over the Xmas break – experiencing a big starling roost.  Gretna is well known for staging…

    • 7 Jan 2013