• Making Space for Nature – Progress in the Edinburgh Phoenix Group Wildlife Garden

    You might remember last year we asked for your support to help the Edinburgh RSPB Phoenix Group raise enough money to create their wildlife garden. The group are back with this brilliant update on where that money has gone and all the impressive work they’ve carried out with it to help give nature a home.

    Making Space for Nature – Progress in the Edinburgh Phoenix Group Wildlife Garden

    Last year the Edinburgh…

    • 30 Mar 2016
  • Feeding garden birds: trouble-shooting

    Feeding garden birds: trouble-shooting

    Feeding the birds is an activity that brings hours of joy to thousands of people in Scotland for as little as the cost of some seeds - and it usually is problem free. However, it’s worth being aware of some of the issues that can crop up from time to time, just so you know how to tackle them.

    Sick birds

    In the wild, birds sometimes pick up infections which can be passed…

    • 22 Mar 2016
  • Five facts you should know about bumblebees

    Five facts you should know about bumblebees

    Bumblebees are on the wing in Scotland from March until October. They’re usually one of the first insects to appear in spring, reminding us that warmer weather is on the way – hopefully! 

    Bumblebees are sizeable, bright creatures that live in large colonies and actually serve a unique and very useful purpose in our gardens and across the wider countryside. Here…

    • 17 Mar 2016
  • A winning visit

    A winning visit

    Last year RSPB Scotland teamed up with Cairngorms Nature in a competition to find the Cairngorms Young Nature Presenter 2016. Fourteen year old James Miller won the public vote to be named the winner with his film on badgers. His prize was a five day Speyside Wildlife Holiday for him and his family, as well as spending a day while there with nature presenter Iolo Williams. Here's James's report of his…

    • 11 Mar 2016
  • Shiants episode five: challenges and rewards

    Shiants episode five: challenges and rewards

    Welcome to the fifth instalment of our work on the Shiant Isles Recovery Project from Thomas Churchyard. The project is an initiative to remove non-native black rats from the isles in order to provide safe breeding sites for Scotland’s globally important seabird colonies. It is part funded by the EU LIFE+ programme and is a partnership between RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural…

    • 8 Mar 2016
  • Slowing the flow of floodwater

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, brings us this blog on the storms that have hit Scotland over winter and the part global warming has to play in them.

    Slowing the flow of floodwater

    Lapwing (Andy Hay (rspb-images.com))

    This winter’s storms have felt a bit relentless. One after the other they have battered us, soaked us and dispirited us, leaving damage along the way. Flooding has affected…

    • 4 Mar 2016
  • The last seabird summer? Not if we can help it!

    The last seabird summer? Not if we can help it!

    Alex Kinninmonth is Head of Marine Policy at RSPB Scotland.


    Tonight at 9pm I’ll be settling down to watch the BBC4 documentary “The Last Seabird Summer?

    In the first of two episodes, the writer Adam Nicolson follows the story of the seabirds on the Shiant Isles in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. This spectacular and remote group…

    • 1 Mar 2016