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  • Blog Post: Bring on Spring

    As everyone will be aware it’s been a slow and cold start to spring, if it has indeed arrived. Typical signs of spring have only really started showing in the last couple of weeks with the first significant sunny and warm days here at Lake Vyrnwy. One sign of spring that is predictable, or at...
  • Blog Post: Volunteering On Coll In April

    In the bottom right of the picture is the vols accommodation on the Isle of Coll. In front of the accommodation are the wader meadows and corncrake habitat. Would you like to come and help with surveys and habitat work with all this right on your door step? Get in touch with David or Ben at the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Blood brothers: Manu's brother Marc also disappears

    RSPB Investigations Liaison Officer, Jenny Shelton, sheds more light on the disappearances of two hen harrier siblings, Marc and Manu, in similarly unsettling circumstances. Manu (left) and Marc (right) as nestlings (image by Tim Jones) If a mother hen harrier could give her chicks any words...
  • Blog Post: Operation Owl: Fighting raptor crime in North Yorkshire

    Operation Owl assembles in Helmsley, North Yorkshire RSPB staff took arms against the ongoing problem of raptor persecution in North Yorkshire last weekend as our Investigations team joined North Yorkshire Police on a mission known as ‘Operation Owl’. On Saturday 18 February, we joined...
  • Blog Post: In praise of the wildlife crusaders

    People have just about had enough of raptor persecution. With hen harriers down to just a handful of pairs in England, and no peregrines breeding in the Dark Peak in 2017 for the first time since 1984, clearly something needs to be done. Newspapers are catching on; the public are becoming increasingly...
  • Blog Post: After the storm comes the ... tidy up?

    Following the Christmas break we were welcomed back to work with a strong storm co-inciding with a period of high tides. This created a fantastic spectacle around the whole estuary with thousands of waders and wildfowl forced off their saltmarsh roosts with hunting harriers and short-eared owls not far...
  • Blog Post: Two more hen harriers go missing

    RSPB's Project Manager for Hen Harrier LIFE, Dr. Cathleen Thomas, provides an update on the class of 2017. Through a career in conservation, you have the privilege of working with some amazing wildlife, but you also have to face the reality that most individuals will never fulfil their full potential...
  • Blog Post: Birdcrime 2016: Reactions and reflections

    When you launch a report like Birdcrime , after months of hard work and careful thought, you’re never quite sure what the reaction will be once it enters the big wide world. It’s like shouting into a crowd then waiting for the response; hoping for cries of support and an echoing of our calls...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Cathleen

    Our new(ish) Hen Harrier LIFE Project Manager Dr Cathleen Thomas reflects on her first few months in the role. Avid followers may have noticed that we’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front lately. Some of you will know that Blánaid Denman left the Hen Harrier LIFE project in August...
  • Forum Thread: Unbelievable day of raptor sightings - & visit to Pickerings Pasture

    We set off later than planned this morning due to a very misty/foggy start to the day and which didn't clear until almost 10am . Following a recce across the new Mersey Gateway Bridge to find Pickerings Pastures, Hale/Widnes area (which was very quiet bird-wise), we travelled on to Neston Marshes...
  • Blog Post: Autumn Movement

    In the birding world autumn is a time of movement and unpredictability. Thousands of birds head south for the winter, some leave the UK, some pass through the UK and others arrive in the UK to spend the winter. The majority of movement is expected and eagerly anticipated, such as the arrival of pink...
  • Forum Thread: No photos ... but a great sightings list

    Would you believe I went to Leighton Moss today ... and came away with no photos!! Was that a poor visit? Absolutely not. The sightings more than made up for it and I hope you'll see why. In chronological order. I started at the estuary hides, where there didn't seem to be much more than Redshanks...
  • Blog Post: Bountiful Berries at Burton Mere

    After a warm, wet and occasionally sunny summer on the Dee Estuary, autumn seems to be just around the corner. This is an exciting time on the reserve with numbers of wildfowl and waders starting to swell, including scarce, short-staying migrants such as the single pectoral sandpiper which has been staying...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Hen Harrier Class of 2017

    RSPB Scotland’s Investigations Intelligence Officer Jenni Burrell introduces the new class. This year the Hen Harrier Life Project website has been improved to provide a more interactive experience for visitors. You can choose to look at individual birds, track their journey and look at any...
  • Blog Post: Calluna has disappeared!

    I’m very sad to have to report that one of the hen harrier’s satellite tagged as part of the LIFE project this year, has already disappeared. “Calluna”, a female harrier, was tagged this summer at a nest on the National Trust for Scotland’s Mar Lodge estate, near Braemar...
  • Blog Post: Coll Volunteering Blog- 28/08/2017

    I arrived on Coll on the 31 st of July, and so today is the start of my 5 th week. So far I’ve seen white sand beaches, blue sea, blooming machair, a couple of birds for my life list and the odd bit of ragwort, of course... I will start by mentioning the accommodation, when I walked in for...
  • Blog Post: An Islay adventure

    Islay is a place with a lot to offer, but two things really put it on the map: wild geese and whisky. I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy both these things on this beautiful Hebridean island (with geese considerably outnumbering drams of whisky I’d like to add...). My visits have been in...
  • Blog Post: Disappearing raptors

    RSPB Scotland Head of Investigations, Ian Thomson, has this latest blog on the disappearance of birds of prey in Scotland. Stories about Scotland’s birds of prey, and the threats that they face, have featured in the media a great deal in recent months. A couple of weeks ago the results of...
  • Blog Post: Marsh harrier and nest illegally targeted in North Yorkshire: police appeal for information

    The problems associated with birds of prey trying to breed on grouse moors are all too familiar. So when a marsh harrier nest was found on Denton Moor, North Yorkshire, it was initially cause for celebration. Until the nest was found empty. RSPB Investigations Officer Howard Jones is in search of answers...
  • Blog Post: Hen harrier breeding numbers in England 2017

    It’s the question to which everyone wants the answer – how many hen harriers bred in England this year? Answer: three successful nests, from a total of seven attempts, producing 10 fledged young. Today, the Northumberland Hen Harrier Protection Partnership* have announced that five...
  • Blog Post: Chris Packham to speak out against illegal persecution of birds of prey

    TV wildlife celebrity Chris Packham will speak out against the illegal persecution of hen harriers and other birds of prey in the UK at a special event hosted by the RSPB at its flagship Arne Nature Reserve in Dorset. Hen Harrier Day South 2017 is one of a series of events being held around the UK on...
  • Blog Post: Competition: Help us name our hen harriers!

    You may remember last month I blogged about our 2016 Perthshire female, DeeCee and her fantastic brood of five healthy chicks (see here ). Well, I’m now delighted to share that all five have fledged successfully from land owned and managed by Forestry Commission Scotland in Argyll – two of...
  • Blog Post: Harriers take off at Leighton Moss

    As the much publicised Hen Harrier Day , organised by Birders Against Wildlife Crime , fast approaches it seems ludicrous that in this enlightened age we continue to have major concerns about the welfare of wild birds of prey in the UK. The RSPB continues to be at the forefront in the fight against...
  • Blog Post: Exciting times: Hen harriers the next generation

    We've received more brilliant news this week - in her first ever breeding attempt, our Northumberland female, Finn, is successfully rearing one chick at her nest in Southwest Scotland! The discovery was made by specially trained and licensed staff following up on Finn's welfare. Finn's...
  • Blog Post: England’s most threatened bird of prey!

    Whatever your bank balance... you are soon likely to be poorer. It’s not your account you should be looking to. It’s not your savings, nor the things that you own that is under threat. It’s a bird. A bird that weighs less than a single standard house brick. The average adult human...