• From decline to recovery: why monitoring is key to protecting 30% of Scotland’s land for nature by 2030

    Monitoring of protected areas has been inadequate in Scotland over the last decade. Niamh Coyne, RSPB Scotland’s Conservation Planner discusses the need for this to be urgently addressed to meaningfully deliver on the Scottish Government’s commitment to protect 30% of Scotland’s land for nature by 2030.

    Two weeks ago, we issued a stark warning to all our newly elected MSPs about the perilous state of…

    • 31 May 2021
  • Protecting native woodlands

    This week is invasive non-native species week. A chance to highlight the problems that non-native species can cause to plants and animals when they are introduced or spread outside of their natural habitat. Today we are looking at woodlands, what invasive species are a threat here, and what can be done to protect Scotland’s rainforest.
    • 26 May 2021
  • Tackling Invasive Non-native Species in Scotland

    Today marks the start of this year’s Invasive Species Week. It is organised by the Non-native Species Secretariat to raise awareness of invasive non-native species (INNS) and how everyone can help to prevent their spread. Paul Walton, RSPB Scotland’s Head of Habitats and Species, explains more about the problems and what actions the Scottish Parliament must take to tackle the threats of invasive non-native species in…
    • 24 May 2021
  • Stark warning for newly elected MSPs

    We are in a nature and climate emergency and it is absolutely critical that we get to grips with turning this around in the next few years. Key to this is getting new policies and laws in place during this Parliament to start that change happening. Our newly elected MSPs have a lot of work to do.

    Scotland’s nature is world-renowned. It is part of our heritage, our culture, our identity. It supports our economy and our…

    • 17 May 2021
  • We all need nature nearby

    Ailis Watt, a student at the University of Glasgow, tells us how important her local nature is, and why RSPB Scotland is campaigning for better access for everyone this Mental Health Awareness Week
    • 10 May 2021
  • IOSF’s Team Otter

    We talked to Ben Yoxon, IOSF’s Education Officer and Broadford’s Team Otter leader about these groups and why they are so important, not only to nature but also to the young people involved.
    • 4 May 2021
  • The need for transformative change in Scotland’s planning system

    In the run up to the Scottish Elections in May we will be talking to you about the transformative changes that politicians in Scotland must make to recover Scotland’s amazing nature and how you can help. Here we look at why we should make spaces for people and nature

    As part of the Nature Recovery Plan (NRP) launched in 2020, RSPB Scotland, WWF Scotland, and the Scottish Wildlife Trust are calling for two NRP actions…

    • 29 Apr 2021
  • What a weekend for wildlife!

    This year's City Nature Challenge took place over the weekend 30 April - 3 May, and what a great weekend it was. Sarah-Jayne Forster from RSPB Scotland's Giving Nature a Home's team tells us more.

    A big thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s City Nature Challenge. It really was a special weekend for wildlife and not even the Scottish weather put people off – it was most definitely a little…

    • 28 Apr 2021
  • The wee swift returning

    With the start of summer approaching we are gearing up to welcome swifts back to Edinburgh, where we have been working over the winter to create a sanctuary for swifts. Edinburgh Swift City Project Officer Katie O'Neill tells us what we can do to welcome them back.
    • 27 Apr 2021
  • Restoring nature by supporting farming

    In the run up to the Scottish Elections in May we will be talking to you about the transformative changes that politicians in Scotland must make to recover Scotland’s amazing nature and how you can help. Today, on World Curlew Day, RSPB Scotland's Chris Bailey looks at actions that would benefit and protect some of Scotland’s extraordinary wildlife. 

    Restoring nature through wildlife and climate-friendly …

    • 21 Apr 2021
  • Restoring nature and protecting Scotland’s iconic species

    In the run up to the Scottish Elections in May we will be talking to you about the transformative changes that politicians in Scotland must make to recover Scotland’s amazing nature and how you can help. Today, we look at actions that would benefit and protect some of Scotland’s extraordinary wildlife.

    Restoring nature and protecting Scotland’s iconic species

    There are two actions in our joint Nature…

    • 15 Apr 2021
  • oorfuture oorfootprint campaign

    This spring we are voting for #oorfuture. The candidates we elect on 6 May will be responsible for taking action to tackle the nature and climate crises over the course of the next Parliament. We have joined forces with nature and climate groups across Scotland to encourage people to show how much they care ahead of next month’s election using #oorfootprint.
    • 13 Apr 2021
  • Five insects of spring

    While Rare Invertebrates in the Cairngorms project volunteers continue working through the colder months, looking for the overwintering stages of various invertebrates, there is nothing like the thrill of seeing the first of Spring’s insects emerging! Here are five of Gen Tompkins, Project Officer, favourite harbingers of spring from the insect world.
    • 12 Apr 2021
  • Get ready for City Nature Challenge 2021

    Sarah-Jayne Forster, RSPB Scotland’s Giving Nature a Home Project Manager is encouraging us all to get closer to nature by recording the wildlife in our local patches for this year’s City Nature Challenge.

    Do you love nature but have never recorded what you found? This year’s City Nature Challenge is taking place from 30th April to 3rd May and is the perfect way to start recording your local wildlife…

    • 11 Apr 2021
  • Scotland's Big Garden Birdwatch 2021!

    The results from Scotland's Big Garden Birdwatch 2021 are in! How does your garden compare?
    • 9 Apr 2021
  • Recovering nature in Scotland’s big blue sea

    In the run up to the Scottish Elections in May we will be talking to you about the transformative changes that politicians in Scotland must make to recover Scotland’s amazing nature and how you can help. Today, we look at actions to recover nature in Scotland’s spectacular seas.

    There are two actions in our joint Nature Recovery Plan that focus on how we manage our seas and would deliver huge benefits for…

    • 8 Apr 2021
  • Restoring nature and helping the climate

    In the run up to the Scottish Elections in May we will be talking to you about the transformative changes that politicians in Scotland must make to recover Scotland’s amazing nature and how you can help.
    • 5 Apr 2021
  • Beenie-Ann's top tips

    Local activism is a crucial part of climate and ecological justice, and in this post we’d like to celebrate the inspirational work of Beenie-Ann from Shetland, age 10, who has been working at home, at school, and in her local community to bring about change.
    • 2 Apr 2021
  • Muirburn: Scotland’s uplands going up in smoke in the nature and climate emergency

    RSPB Scotland's Duncan Orr-Ewing and Andrew Midgley discuss muirburn and what we would like to see in the face of the nature and climate crisis .
    • 1 Apr 2021
  • 2021 must be a year of action to safeguard nature

    2021 is a year of challenges and opportunities for nature in Scotland. From the Scottish Parliamentary Elections in May to November’s United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow, this year we have the chance to keep conversations around climate and nature on the agenda as we work to recover from the impacts of Covid-19.
    • 24 Mar 2021
  • Stories from my office window

    Sharing some of the wildlife moments as seen from a home office
    • 22 Mar 2021
  • University of Glasgow student carries out parkland tree survey at Baron’s Haugh

    University of Glasgow student Molly Davidson is currently on a work placement with our ecology team. Here she tells us about her first visit to our Baron’s Haugh nature reserve and the fascinating things she uncovered whilst surveying the trees there.

    The parkland of Baron’s Haugh is one of the most loved areas of the reserve. The large open area is used by many people, including nature lovers, dog walkers and is…

    • 18 Mar 2021
  • Musselburgh Lagoons: a post-industrial wildlife wonderland

    The last year of lockdowns and travel restrictions has underlined the health benefits of having access to local green space and opportunities to connect with nature. Getting outdoors and visiting parks and nature reserves to see wildlife has been a lifeline for many people.
    • 11 Mar 2021
  • Kites at home

    RSPB Scotland Conservation Officer Jenny Weston has spent some time reflecting on when she first joined the RSPB as a red kite officer and shares her more recent stories of spotting red kites while we're all staying close to home.
    • 10 Mar 2021
  • International Women's Day 2021

    A challenged world is an alert world. From challenge comes change.
    • 8 Mar 2021