• Sea eagles return: a forty year success story

    Sea eagles return: a forty year success story

    RSPB Scotland’s Paul Walton and Richard Evans reflect on the successful reintroduction programme that brought sea eagles back to Scotland after an absence of nearly 60 years.  

    The sight of a sea eagle provokes delight and excitement. Yet, this sight – so iconic in Scotland – was absent for much of the 20th century, until a conservation effort brought…

    • 27 May 2016
  • Five facts you should know about nuthatches

    Five facts you should know about nuthatches

    Nuthatches were once restricted largely to south-eastern England but, during the 20th century, they started spreading north. Nuthatches started breeding regularly in Scotland only in 1989. If you have them visiting your garden, or you've seen them at a nature reserve or while out on a walk, you'll know they're pretty bold and are able to stand their ground fairly well against…

    • 19 May 2016
  • Calamitous chorusing

    Charlie McMurray is an intern at RSPB Scotland working on 'all nature' projects: mammals, amphibians and insects. Here is her latest blog on natterjack toads from RSPB Scotland Mersehead.
    Calamitous chorusing

    It’s time! April not only brought showers to Scotland, but also lured our charismatic natterjack toads (Epidalea calamita) out of their winter burrows. Natterjacks will happily dig into the…

    • 13 May 2016
  • Unusual visitor pops in to Lochwinnoch

    How often to do you get to see something new, that you’ve never laid eyes on before? During migration, in spring and autumn, rare or unusual birds are occasionally blown off course and can turn up in places you just wouldn’t expect. One such visitor has recently appeared at our Lochwinnoch nature reserve near Glasgow – a lesser scaup.

    The lesser scaup is a black, white and grey duck that is native…

    • 9 May 2016
  • What to do if you find an 'abandoned' young bird

    It's common in spring and summer to find young birds sitting on the ground or hopping about without any sign of their parents. But what do you do if you come across one? 

    You might have experienced it yourself. Coming home after walking the dog, you find a confused-looking baby house sparrow in the driveway. Or whilst playing football in the park, you come across a seemingly abandoned freshly-fledged wood pigeon…

    • 3 May 2016