• 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
  • The eagles are back and it's chicktastic!

    Orkney’s only pair of nesting white-tailed eagles have again taken up residence above the Dwarfie Stone and have been drawing the crowds over Easter, with more than 500 people calling past the Dwarfie Stone car park for their chance to spot the birds already! 

    The resident pair were seen on the island through the winter and although they put in a lot of effort to rebuild last year’s nest, they suddenly decided it…

    • 6 May 2019
  • Stoat Snippet 75

    Welcome to the seventy-fifth stoat snippet!

    These snippets are a short 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 few weeks, many of the team have been full of cold and we’ve…

    • 8 Apr 2019
  • Stoat Snippet 74

    Welcome to the seventy-fourth stoat snippet!

    These snippets are a short 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

    There were no new starts this week, but the Senior Research Assistant, Thomas, and the three Research Assistants…

    • 18 Mar 2019
  • Stoat Snippet 73

    Welcome to the seventy-third stoat snippet!

     

    These snippets are a short update on the Orkney Native Wildlife Project and the Orkney Mainland Predator Invasion Biosecurity 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 have now appointed the Senior Research…

    • 8 Mar 2019
  • Stoat Snippet 72

    Welcome to the seventy-second stoat snippet!

    These snippets are a short update on the Orkney Native Wildlife Project and the Orkney Mainland Predator Invasion Biosecurity 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 have now finished our interviews for the…

    • 1 Mar 2019
  • Berriedale - the most northerly native woodland in Britain

    Last Thursday's work group found us out in Hoy with a bunch of enthusiastic volunteers. Hoy is home to the most northerly native woodland in Britain, Berriedale, which is a precious remnant of the woodland that once covered most of Orkney. Considering the generally treeless landscape that Orkney is now famous for, this is something we’re very proud of. The woodland can be found off the post road, sheltered in between…

    • 27 Feb 2019
  • Stoat Snippet 71

    Welcome to the seventy-first stoat snippet!

    These snippets are a short update on the Orkney Native Wildlife Project and the Orkney Mainland Predator Invasion Biosecurity 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

    Today we have been interviewing for the Senior…

    • 22 Feb 2019