Tag Archives: Bird

Gulls – glorious or greedy?

It may not seem like it when gulls are swooping down trying to steal your chips, but the number of many species of gulls has plummeted. In fact, herring gulls and kittiwakes are on the red list of conservation concern … Continue reading

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Species of the month: North Atlantic gannet

Killer acceleration, ultra-streamlined body, wrap-around airbags and dazzling speeds – we’re not talking supercars here but a seabird. In fact, the biggest seabird in the North Atlantic, with a wingspan of just under 2 m: the northern gannet. For the … Continue reading

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Swallows and heavy water – the making of a remarkable scientist

Professor Des Thompson, our Principal Adviser on Biodiversity, celebrates the pioneering work of life scientist Professor Dave Bryant, who celebrates his 70th birthday today. Along with the spring return of swallows in 1972 a young lecturer arrived at Stirling University’s … Continue reading

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The Bog Squad in ACTION

Butterfly Conservation Scotland’s ‘Bog Squad’ is a volunteer task force, created to carry out rehabilitation works on damaged peatlands across Scotland’s Central Belt, with funding from our Peatland ACTION project. David Hill of Butterfly Conservation tells us more. Central Scotland … Continue reading

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The prickly issue of Uists’ waders

It’s thought that just seven hedgehogs were introduced to South Uist in 1974 – to control slugs and snails in a domestic garden. Since then the invasive carnivores have spread across South Uist and Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides. Today, … Continue reading

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In the south of Scotland – where eagles dare

John Mathew Thompson was brought up in Penicuik, south of Edinburgh. As a youngster, he spent several days raptor watching with the great expert Derek Ratcliffe.   The news of improving prospects for golden eagles in the south of Scotland … Continue reading

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Good news from Islay as chough population grows

A nutritious supper for fledglings is helping to prevent the loss of one of Scotland’s rarest resident breeding birds. Rae McKenzie from our Bowmore office on Islay explains. Scotland’s red-billed chough population is restricted to the islands of Islay and Colonsay … Continue reading

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Sensing Landscape: Tuning In

Rachel Mimiec, our NSA Artist in Residence, gives us an update on her work from Glen Nevis and Glencoe. I am back in Ben Nevis and Glencoe for the next few weeks and have been out and about getting a … Continue reading

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Getting close to Highland wildlife

It’s been an exciting year so far on the National Nature Reserves (NNRs) we look after in the Highlands, as we’ve been using remote cameras to get a better look at some of the nesting birds. At Corrieshalloch Gorge NNR … Continue reading

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