• Five facts you need to know about wigeons

    Scotland’s wintering population of wigeons will be arriving over the next month. RSPB Scotland’s Jess Barrett brings you five facts you need to know about these ducks.

    Five facts you need to know about wigeons


    1. Male wigeons are very distinctive

    Wigeons are smaller than mallards with a round head and small bill. The males have very distinctive plumage with a yellow forehead, pink breast and grey body…

    • 28 Sep 2018
  • Migrants arrive on autumn winds

    Summer is certainly over in Scotland, and autumn winds have replaced the gentle summer breeze. Heather Beaton, Uists Warden, shares the joys of spotting the species arriving with the change in weather.

    Migrants arrive on autumn winds

    The wind has changed in the Outer Hebrides now. Gone are the soft, warm winds of summer, with the gentle scent of salt and a longing to be outdoors and up in the high hills. In their place…

    • 27 Sep 2018
  • Latest developments on the Coul Links campaign

    Those of you following the campaign to Save Coul Links will know that we’re part of a group of conservation organisations fighting to stop proposals for a golf course on this triple protected wildlife site. Coul Links is one of the Scotland’s national treasures and is designated as a SPA, Ramsar site and SSSI. Kate Bellew, our Senior Conservation Planner, explains the latest news on the Coul Links campaign.…

    • 21 Sep 2018
  • Why nothing less than a new food law will do

    Last week's Programme for Government announcement reflected the lack of commitment to a Good Food Nation Bill that the Scottish Government has been promising for years. Vicki Swales, RSPB Scotland's Head of Land Use Policy, explores the reasons why new food legislation is crucial.

    Why nothing less than a new food law will do

    For the past two years the Scottish Government has been promising to bring forward a…

    • 13 Sep 2018
  • Success for Hoy's white-tailed eagles

    It has been a brilliant year for white-tailed eagles on Hoy with chicks for the first time in over 100 years and a successful Eaglewatch for visitors all summer. Lee Shields, RSPB Scotland Warden based on Hoy, shares all the exciting news in this blog.

    Success for Hoy's white-tailed eagles

    It has been an exciting year on our Hoy nature reserve, with the news that two white-tailed eagle chicks have successfully left…

    • 12 Sep 2018
  • Archaeology on the wild side

    Jill Harden, Reserves Archaeologist at RSPB Scotland, shares some of the intriguing historical finds to be seen at RSPB Scotland Forsinard Flows, which is in the Flow Country right in the north of mainland Scotland. 

     

    Archaeology on the wild side

     


    Ben Griam Beg with Ben Griam Mor beyond – a long walk in

     

    Ben Griam Beg stands at the SW corner of the Forsinard Flows reserve overlooking a vast swathe of open peat…

    • 10 Sep 2018
  • Fantastic news for Coul Links! Controversial proposals ‘called-in’ for further scrutiny

    Following an amazing public response to our e-action campaign for Coul Links, we welcomed the recent news that Scottish Ministers have decided to call in the controversial golf proposals which threaten this triple protected wildlife site. Senior Conservation Planner Kate Bellew outlines the next steps and how to keep updated as the campaign to #SaveCoulLinks continues.  

    Fantastic news for Coul Links! Controversial proposals…

    • 6 Sep 2018