Aug 112017
 
POLL: Should the culling of Scotland's mountain hares be banned?

Unregulated culling of Scotland’s mountain hares should be banned and the species protected, according to a report that says shooting the animals for sport is inhumane and uncontrolled. Landowners can shoot the hares without a licence from August to February and claim culls are necessary to protect game, especially red grouse, from disease. Campaigners say […]

May 112017
 
Scotland 2017

A short break in Tomatin up in the highlands of Scotland has given me the chance to see some fabulous sites again whilst picking up a few year ticks and grabbing a few record shots. First I visited a fish farm near Cairn Gorm and managed to see my first Osprey of 2017 without having […]

Aug 192016
 
Eight tagged golden eagles disappear in Scottish Highlands

Scottish grouse moor owners have been warned they face much tougher regulation after an inquiry was launched into the disappearance of legally protected golden eagles in the Highlands. Roseanna Cunningham, the Scottish environment secretary, ordered the review after eight golden eagles vanished in an area of the Monadhliath mountains known for its grouse shooting, south […]

Aug 032016
 
POLL: Should driven grouse-shooting be banned?

The season for red grouse-shooting is about to begin. But its driven form, where beaters flush birds towards the guns, is having a terrible impact on the environment and on other birdlife, to the cost of every nature-lover and taxpayer. Mark Avery, former conservation director of the RSPB, explains why this most unsporting sport should […]

Apr 262016
 
England's last golden eagle feared dead

England’s only resident golden eagle is likely to have died after failing to appear this spring, wildlife experts fear. The bird, which has been a resident at Riggindale near Haweswater, Cumbria, since 2001, has not seen by RSPB staff since last November, and would normally be seen at this time of year building a nest […]

Feb 132016
 
Missing Scottish osprey found 3,000 miles away in Senegal

An osprey that went missing from a Scottish nature reserve for more than 18 months has been found almost 3,000 miles away – on a beach in Senegal. The three-year-old male bird, known as Blue YD, was tagged with a lightweight satellite tracker in July 2012 at a Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) reserve near Forfar. […]

Oct 192014
 
Rewilding the Land Can Reconnect Us to the Natural World

We live in an age of mass extinctions and increasing degradation of our planet. Rewilding – the return of land to a wild state and the reintroduction of animals and plants that once lived there – is one way we can restore the balance in nature. And in ourselves. From his home in Oxford, England, […]

May 142014
 
Can Mull be a NNR whilst culling pine martens?

Hot topics Currently there are a few stories hitting the news across Mull; the possibility of Mull becoming a national nature reserve and the issue of the pine marten (Martes martes) breeding on the isle. It is safe to say I have some strong opinions on both of these hot topics. Here on the isle […]

Apr 132014
 
“The Eagle’s Way” – Book Review

Last season I read “The Last Wolf” by Jim Crumley and spent a little time afterwards reviewing it. His most recent publication came out this year and is very apt for my new position at Mull Eagle Watch on the Isle of Mull. “The Eagle’s Way” is a book focusing on the two eagle species […]

Feb 092014
 
UK investigation leads to conviction of three Swedish egg collectors

An enquiry, which started in the UK in 2009 involving the collecting and trading of wild birds’ eggs, has led to the conviction of three Swedish egg collectors today [Friday 31 January 2014] after a 23-day trial in the province of Ångermanland, in central Sweden. One of the men was jailed for a year. In […]

Jan 302014
 
Nostalgic look back in time at Scotland’s first pioneering golden eagle photographer.

Between the years 1906 and 1910, pioneering Harry Macphearson laboured long and hard amongst the Scottish Grampian highlands to create the first photographic record of breeding Golden Eagles in Scotland. Now Terry Pickford recounts the exploits of this unsung Highland warrior from a past era. “In a wild deer-forest in the heart of the Grampian […]

Jan 222014
 
Argyll eagle action - Scotland's soaring reputation could be shot at?

I used to dream of seeing the bird that has the sunlit eye. You will never forget the first time you see one fly. The sight of a soaring eagle over a Scottish landscape is one to admire. An iconic symbol of courage and strength that has the power to inspireEwan Miles. White-tailed eagles in […]