• 2020 Orkney corncrake survey results - thank you to Orkney public from RPSB Orkney!

    We are happy to announce the results of our annual corncrake survey, and give a big thank you to the Orkney community for the enthusiasm you have shown in making reports to us this year!  

    In encouraging news, a total of 20 calling male corncrakes were reported and verified across Orkney during the corncrake survey period this summer, up by 1 bird on last year’s total of 19.

    Corncrake, RSPB Images

    This is particularly…

    • 20 Nov 2020
  • Stoat Snippet 93

    Welcome to the latest news and updates from the Orkney Native Wildlife Project.

    New to our blog and want to find out more about the project, how to volunteer with us or have a question?  Visit our Facebook page, our website or email stoatsightings@rspb.org.uk

    Final push to complete the trap network

    Thank you to the many hundreds of landowners who have chosen to help safeguard the future of Orkney’s native wildlife by granting…

    • 12 Nov 2020
  • Pupping season for grey seals in Orkney , by Holly Peek

    Grey seal pupping season in Orkney

    Orkney is rich in marine life, with approximately 15% of Scotland’s seal population inhabiting the dramatic coastline. Grey seals (known in Orkney folklore as selkies) are a common sight in Orkney, with their haunting howls echoing through the cliffs at this time of year. October is a very special time for grey seals because this is when they start to pup. Chubby splodges of bright white…

    • 22 Oct 2020
  • Stoat Snippet 92

    Welcome to the latest news and updates from the Orkney Native Wildlife Project

    New to our blog and want to find out more about the project, how to volunteer with us or have a question?  Visit our Facebook page, our website or contact Sam Ranscombe (Community Engagement Officer) on Samantha.ranscombe@rspb.org.uk.

    Over 5,000 traps now deployed!

    Great news…..we are now entering the final phase of trap deployment and our…

    • 20 Oct 2020
  • Stoat Snippet 91

    Our regular blog shares the latest news and updates from the Orkney Native Wildlife Project.

    If you are new to our blog and want to know more about the project please visit our website www.onwp.org

     

    Trapping operations continue

    With all members of our trapping team having returned to work following the period of lockdown, we are focusing on a big push to get all eradication traps deployed across the Mainland and linked…

    • 3 Sep 2020
  • Stoat Snippet 90

    Our regular blog shares the latest news and updates from the Orkney Native Wildlife Project. If you are new to our blog and want to know more about the project visit our website www.onwp.org

     

    Operations resuming on the islands

    Following the COVID-19 lockdown, the Orkney Native Wildlife Project suspended operations. Since the beginning of June, in accordance with the release of lockdown measures across Scotland, trapping…

    • 12 Aug 2020
  • First nest confirmed as gannets colonise RSPB Marwick Head reserve in Birsay, Orkney

    For the past few years, the RSPB Orkney team have been observing signs of gannets prospecting the Marwick cliffs as a new breeding site.  Sub-adult birds loafing nearby, the occasional sky-pointing display, and a few birds seen carrying seaweed to the cliffs have all been promising signs of potential breeding activity!

    (Sky-pointing is a displaying behaviour which gannets employ to attract a mate, raising their heads to…

    • 5 Aug 2020
  • Stoat Snippet 89

    Our regular blog shares the latest news and updates from the Orkney Native Wildlife Project. If you are new to our blog and want to know more about the project visit our website www.onwp.org

    With Covid-19 lockdown restrictions easing, we have been able to resume some of our outdoor operations over the last few weeks following strict health, safety and social distancing procedures and so have some project updates to share…

    • 9 Jul 2020
  • Stoat Snippet 88

    Our regular blog shares the latest news and updates from the Orkney Native Wildlife Project. If you are new to our blog and want to know more about the project visit our website www.onwp.org

    Project update during lockdown

    As you may have heard on the radio or seen in the paper, we are about to resume some of our trapping operations, which have been paused since 23rd March in line with Scottish Government guidelines.

    • 10 Jun 2020
  • Stoat Snippet 87

    Our regular blog shares the latest news and updates from the Orkney Native Wildlife Project. If you are new to our blog and want to know more about the project visit our website www.onwp.org

     

    Project update during lockdown

    During lockdown, we were unable to check our operational trap network except in emergencies. As we enter Phase 1, and lockdown restrictions begin to be eased, we are looking at resuming our stoat eradication…

    • 29 May 2020
  • Why are we worried about invasive species?

    This week would have been Invasive Species Week. One invasive species which is of huge concern in Orkney is the stoat. Here Sam Ranscombe from the Orkney Native Wildlife Project explains why.

    Orkney is an incredibly special place for wildlife and although Orkney’s land area is less than 1% of the UK, 30% of Orkney land is designated for wildlife. Orkney has 20-25% of the UK breeding population of hen harrier, the UK’s…

    • 21 May 2020
  • Stoat Snippet 86

    Welcome to the Orkney Native Wildlife Project blog

    Our regular blog shares the latest news and updates from the Orkney Native Wildlife Project. If you are new to our blog and want to know more about the project visit our website www.onwp.org

    What we are doing during lockdown

    Lockdown has meant we have temporarily stopped our trapping and monitoring work, but there are other areas of the project that we are still working…

    • 30 Apr 2020
  • Welcome to the 85th Stoat Snippet!

    These snippets are an update on the Orkney Native Wildlife Project. If you are new to our blog and want to know more about the project do visit our website www.onwp.org

    Covid-19

    Over recent weeks the project has been continually reviewing and changing work practices to follow government advice concerning Covid-19. This week it has become necessary to close our office premises for three weeks and suspend our wildlife…

    • 31 Mar 2020
  • Stoat Snippet 84

    Welcome to the 84th Stoat Snippet!

    These snippets are an update on the Orkney Native Wildlife Project, as well as addressing any concerns that folk have raised. If you are new to our blog and want to know more about the project, check out this blog and this one too as well as our website www.onwp.org.

    Eradication progress

    Since the New Year our trap teams have been joined by RSPB wardens helping us lay traps on areas…

    • 31 Jan 2020
  • Welcome to the 83rd Stoat Snippet!

    These snippets are an update on the Orkney Native Wildlife Project. If you are new to these snippets and want to know more about the project, check out this blog and this one too.

    Tracking tunnels

     Tracking tunnels – also known as footprint tunnels - are used to detect or monitor the presence of mammals in an area by identifying their footprints. They are very simply constructed, with a long tunnel about 10 cm high and 80…

    • 13 Dec 2019
  • Welcome to the 82nd stoat snippet!

    These snippets are an update on the Orkney Native Wildlife Project as well as addressing any concerns that folk have raised. If you are new to these snippets and want to know more about the project, check out this blog and this one too.

    Orkney Native Wildlife Project

    We are very grateful to the 700 plus landowners who have given their permission for our team to access their land and lay the trap network across Orkney Mainland…

    • 11 Nov 2019
  • Looking back on a Spring Symphony in Orkney - monitoring waders by Helen Pruzina

    Curlew and lapwing are two iconic wading birds which feature strongly in the memories of many people who have grown up by farmland or the coast. Along with other waders, they breed on lowland wetland, which makes up a significant portion of the habitat managed by RSPB Orkney. Their numbers have, however, fallen dramatically in the past few decades across the UK, and my MSc project aims to help understand why, by investigating…

    • 10 Oct 2019
  • Stoat Snippet 81

    Welcome to the 81st stoat snippet!

    These snippets are an update on the Orkney Native Wildlife Project as well as addressing any concerns that folk have raised.

    If you are new to these snippets and want to know more about the project, check out this blog and this one too.

     

    Orkney Native Wildlife Project

    It has been a busy few months here in which we welcomed the first of the hundreds of trap boxes into the workshop to be calibrated…

    • 3 Oct 2019
  • What a year!!

    Staff and volunteers who have spent the summer greeting visitors to Eaglewatch in the Dwarfie Stone car park in Hoy have been very fortunate this year. It’s been full of surprises, some ups and downs, but ultimately ended in success and with thousands of visitors (including one very famous wizard) getting great views of the white-tailed eagles. Catch up on all the action below.

    The Hoy eagles The Hoy eagles

    The white-tailed eagles…

    • 9 Sep 2019
  • Local pupils continuing to help little terns at the 4th Barrier Beach

    Orkney is home to the most northerly nesting colony of little terns in Britain.

    This colony nests on the beach at Churchill Barrier 4 between the islands of Burray and South Ronaldsay.

    We (the local RSPB Scotland team) were increasingly concerned about their future because little terns had struggled to breed successfully on the beach for many years. Little terns are site faithful which means they will continue to return…

    • 8 Aug 2019
  • Stoat Snippet 80

    Welcome to the 80th stoat snippet!

    These snippets are an update on the Orkney Native Wildlife Project as well as addressing any concerns that folk have raised.

    If you are new to these snippets and want to know more about the project, check out this blog and this one too.

    Orkney Native Wildlife Project

    We were delighted to welcome the local Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate (SGRPID) to our Kirkwall…

    • 2 Aug 2019
  • Stoat Snippet 79

    Welcome to the 79th stoat snippet!

    These snippets are an update on the Orkney Native Wildlife Project as well as addressing any concerns that folk have raised.

    If you are new to these snippets and want to know more about the project, check out this blog and this one too.

    Orkney Native Wildlife Project

    Our trapping team continues to progress land access. To date nearly 500 landowners are supporting the project and the preservation…

    • 18 Jul 2019
  • Stoat Snippet 78

    Welcome to the 78th stoat snippet!

    These snippets are an update on the Orkney Native Wildlife Project as well as addressing any concerns that folk have raised.

    If you are new to these snippets and want to know more about the project, check out this blog and this one too.

    Orkney Native Wildlife Project

    The trapping team have been progressing land access, as well as checking Mainland biosecurity trap checks.

    The first meeting…

    • 19 Jun 2019
  • Stoat Snippet 77

    Stoat Snippet 77

    These snippets are an update on the Orkney Native Wildlife Project as well as addressing any concerns that folk have raised. If you are new to these snippets and want to know more about the project, check out this blog and this one too.

    Orkney Native Wildlife Project

    Since the last Stoat Snippet we welcomed three new members to the trapping team. Martyn Bell, James Winter and Charlotte Cooper joined us dedicated…

    • 5 Jun 2019
  • Stoat Snippet 76

    Welcome to the 76th stoat snippet!

    These snippets are an update on the Orkney Native Wildlife Project as well as addressing any concerns that folk have raised. If you are new to these snippets and want to know more about the project, check out this blog and this one too.

    Orkney Native Wildlife Project

    Apologies that we haven’t had a snippet for a while. We have been busy welcoming new members to the extended team and settling…

    • 21 May 2019