Category Archives: Birds

#CycleForNature – half way there

Our blog today catches SNH Chief Exec, Francesca Osowska,  with three and half legs behind her and at the half way point in her epic active travel challenge. To celebrate she went on a duck survey, met a delegation of … Continue reading

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Great skua behaviour and Fair Isle’s lifeline

Fair Isle is Britain’s most remote inhabited island, 38 km from the next nearest island and 125 km from the northernmost tip of the UK mainland. A boat runs from the island but most visitors and most of the 60 … Continue reading

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Our dear green spaces – let’s celebrate the Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival

This year, RSPB Scotland is teaming up with partners and community gardens to celebrate Glasgow Garden Festival’s 30th Anniversary.  Scottish Natural Heritage are delighted to co-sponsor these celebrations.  Fiona Weir, RSPB Giving Nature a Home project manager, tells us why … Continue reading

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Following little terns

Little terns are the second rarest seabird in the UK and Ireland and possibly the best indicator of Climate Change that there is. David Woodfall is a photographer who has been following the fortunes of this very special bird since 1978. … Continue reading

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Half a century down the road

Fifty years ago Scottish Natural Heritage hadn’t come into being and Scotland’s leading environmental agency was The Nature Conservancy.  Bodies like Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) and Scottish Ornithologists’ Club (SOC) were in their infancy. SNH’s Jim Jeffrey explores the Spring … Continue reading

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A sensory onslaught in the Shiant Isles

SNH’s Chris Leakey and Glen Tyler spend time marvelling at the Shiant Isles’ seabird spectacular. Every so often, when the swell meets the cliff at the required height and direction, a deep rumble resonates from a cave and the rock … Continue reading

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Mull Eagle Watch – community takes a thriving partnership to new success

The unique partnership of Mull Eagle Watch – an eagle protection and public viewing partnership between Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland, RSPB, the Mull and Iona Community Trust, and Police Scotland – has gone from strength to strength in … Continue reading

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What goes clatter, clatter, click, click, pop, pop in the woods?

The capercaillie lekking season is upon us. Capercaillie Project Officer, Gareth Marshall gives us an insight into these extraordinary birds. Deep in the pre-dawn darkness of a spring-time pine forest, something is stirring. It’s still too dark to make out … Continue reading

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Seagulls and seafish

Like them or loathe them, seagulls are a key part of our nature in Scotland. Many have made their home in our towns and cities and as opportunistic scavengers they can eke out a living thanks (largely) to us. But, … Continue reading

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Why the chough needs a champion

Did you know that there is now a parliamentary majority of ‘Species Champions’ in the Scottish Parliament? Amanda Trask from the University of Aberdeen tells us more. This is great news for Scotland’s wildlife – 65 MSPs have each chosen … Continue reading

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