• Curlews in Orkney - Outrageous Goals, Extravagant Hope , by Richard Clubley

    photo courtesy of RSPB Images

    When Stephen Hawking was writing “A Brief History of Time” someone advised he would lose half the potential readership with each equation he included; so he settled on just e=mc² in the entire book. I’m thinking the same might be true for curlew statistics so how about: the number of curlews in the UK has halved since the millennium; they might be all gone in 50 years? Do we really need…

    • 21 Apr 2021
  • Stoat Snippet 100

    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 us at stoatsig...
    • 21 Apr 2021
  • Stoat Snippet 99

    Welcome to the latest news and updates from the Orkney Native Wildlife Project. 
    • 8 Apr 2021
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    Welcome to the latest news and updates from the Orkney Native Wildlife Project safeguarding the future of Orkney's native wildlife with an ambitious project to eradicate stoats from Orkney and put biosecurity measures in place to ensure they cannot return
    • 19 Mar 2021
  • Looking back to a night of thanks and celebration of over three decades of RSPB Local Group in Orkney!

    This time last year we were hosting an evening of thanks and celebration for all of our Orkney RSPB volunteers, with staff and volunteers coming together to enjoy an evening of talks and displays, food and catching up, and celebrating the hard work of all our volunteers.  It was a great evening, and little did we know then that it would be one of the last chances to get together for a while!  During the evening, Long Service…

    • 17 Feb 2021
  • Stoat Snippet 97

    Updates from the Orkney Native Wildlife Project. A partnership of the RSPB Scotland, Nature Scot, and the Orkney Islands Council to protect Orkney's native wildlife from the invasive non-native stoat
    • 4 Feb 2021
  • What will you see in the Big Garden Birdwatch? The world's largest garden wildlife survey returns 29 - 31 January 2021!

    For over four decades, the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch has united people across the UK in taking time to watch and count their garden birds over the last weekend in January. We are calling on Orkney residents to celebrate your love of nature and join the thousands of people throughout Scotland and the UK in taking part this weekend!


    Each year, close to half a million people take part in the survey, spending just one hour…

    • 27 Jan 2021
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    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 us at stoatsightings@rspb.org.uk

    Monitoring Orkney's native wildlife

    A belated Happy New Year everyone! We hope you are enjoying nature's gifts as much as possible in these challenging…

    • 17 Jan 2021
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    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 us. 

    Monitoring our native species and what to do if you want to be involved

    Running alongside the eradication arm of the project, which deploys thousands of traps to eradicate the stoat,…

    • 30 Dec 2020
  • Stoat Snippet 94

    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

     

    Trap network nearly complete!

    We are delighted to report that we have almost finished deploying trap boxes across West Mainland to complete our initial eradication…

    • 10 Dec 2020
  • 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
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    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
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    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
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    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