Category Archives: Birds

Short-eared owls dazzle at Forvie

Our guest blog this week is written by our SNH former colleague, Ron Macdonald. Now retired from the day job, Ron is still staying busy, chairing the North East Biological Records Centre and serves on the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Conservation … Continue reading

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Inch Farm: farming and the environment in action

Kirsten Brewster, SNH Agriculture Officer, visited Inch Farm and met with farmer Andrew to discuss his Agri-Environment Climate Scheme. The farm, in Fife’s East Neuk, has views across to both the Isle of May and Bass Rock. On the day … Continue reading

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On the trail of the 64s group – capturing Wild Shetland

Wildlife cameraman Fergus Gill was Maramedia’s main team member on the ground throughout summer 2017, when they filmed their latest spectacular nature documentary Wild Shetland: Scotland’s Viking Frontier. Fergus is of course the son of our own celebrated photographer, Lorne, … Continue reading

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The bird with the golden eye

Goldeneye may bring to mind one of the better James Bond movies of the 1990s but it is of course also a medium sized duck which is found all around the world’s more northerly regions, from North America, across Europe … Continue reading

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A small bird with a big impact

Weighing in at less than 12 g and 10 cm long, the wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) is one of Britain`s smallest birds; only the goldcrest and firecrest are smaller. Nigel Buxton, our Natura Project Manager, tells more about this surprisingly successful bird. … Continue reading

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Monitoring the condition of our Marine Protected Areas

Almost 90 years after St Kilda’s last 36 residents were evacuated to the mainland, the islands remain hugely important for the wildlife they support.   The World Heritage Site hosts huge seabird populations, including the world’s second largest colony of North … Continue reading

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A club where birdies are par for the course

In our guest blog today Billy McLachlin, course manager at Royal Troon Golf Club, tells us how they are working for wildlife on one of the world’s finest links courses. Royal Troon Golf Club is a site of international renown … Continue reading

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Isle of May welcomes record visitor numbers – again!

It’s been a fabulous year on the SNH-owned Isle of May National Nature Reserve in the Firth of Forth. Famed for its large puffin colonies, the island welcomed a record number of visitors again this year – the fourth consecutive season … Continue reading

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Eun-mara le tòrr ainmean / The seabird with many aliases

’S iomadh duine a tha measail air a’ bhuthaid, ach abair uiread de dh’ainmean Gàidhlig a th’ oirre / The puffin is many people’s favourite seabird – but when it comes to its Gaelic name, there are lots to choose … Continue reading

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Pollinating Edinburgh’s Living Landscape

There has been lots happening to benefit pollinators across Edinburgh, especially since the launch of the Edinburgh Living Landscape, as Hebe Carus of the Scottish Wildlife Trust revealed in a recent catch up with Jim Jeffrey, SNH Pollinator Strategy Manager. Edinburgh’s Living … Continue reading

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