• Surveying kittiwakes: how times have changed at Sumburgh Head

    Paul Walton is RSPB Scotland’s Head of Habitats and Species. He recently made a visit to the kittiwake colony at Sumburgh Head, Shetland, that he surveyed in the 1990s. In this blog he writes about this visit and what he discovered about the colony on his return trip. If you love seabirds as much as we do we could use your support right now. RSPB Scotland is currently asking supporters to sign a marine e-action calling…

    • 30 Aug 2016
  • Wonderful wildlife at Aberfoyle

    The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre in Aberfoyle is a five-star visitor attraction run by Forest Enterprise Scotland. It has a wildlife room - which is a joint project between Forest Enterprise Scotland and RSPB Scotland - where visitors can watch fantastic wildlife nearly every day, with webcams showing live nests and highlight reels. It’s been a brilliantly busy summer this year - wildlife officer Jenni Fulton brings us…

    • 25 Aug 2016
  • Toad tales

    Charlie McMurray is an intern at RSPB Scotland working on 'all nature' projects: mammals, amphibians and insects. This is her latest update on natterjack toads.


    By the beginning of May, the noisy natterjack toads at Mersehead were out in full force for the first time this year. Their loud chorus was the cue we needed to begin the final round of our three-year surveys to estimate the population size. Three surveys…

    • 19 Aug 2016
  • Revealing the fortunes of birds: what satellite transmitters tell us

    Revealing the fortunes of birds: what satellite transmitters tell us

    Here Ian Thomson, RSPB Scotland's Head of Investigations, explains why fitting satellite transmitters to birds of prey is so important and what the data provided tells us about the these birds.

    A golden eagle chick in Galloway who was fitted with a satellite transmitter before fledging in 2015 and disappeared in May 2016 (Dave Anderson, Scottish…

    • 11 Aug 2016