• Please be aware that avian influenza has been confirmed in the Western Isles. Great Skua and Gannet are the worst affected currently but a range of other bird species can be infected. Please avoid contact with dead birds, give sick and dying birds space, keep dogs on leads and report all such instances to Defra (03459 335577). RSPB and Nature Scot are working together to collate all records of birds with suspected avian influenza on the islands. If you see a suspected case of avian influenza please email a record to robyn.stewart@rspb.org.uk, including date, species (if known) and location.
  • When here in the Outer Hebrides and looking at a bird, have you ever wondered how rare it is? The status of all species can vary enormously from island to island. How rare is Shoveler on Barra, has Stock Dove been seen on Harris, does Dotterel occur on Benbecula in the autumn, and how common is Blue Tit on North Uist? Well, fret no longer! The Status and Distribution of birds here on the Outer Hebrides has been completely updated and summarised for every species and each of the main islands and outliers. Available as an online resource at https://status.outerhebrides-birdreports.org/ or via our shop

    New - now available as an ebook

Birdwatcher's Code of Conduct

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  • The welfare of birds must always come first.
  • Do not damage habitat.
  • Keep disturbance to a minimum.
  • Never disturb birds at the nest.
  • Keeps sites of rare breeding species confidential. If you feel protection is necessary, inform the RSPB or County Recorder.
  • Do not harass rare migrants. Consider all the circumstances very carefully before making the sighting known. If necessary keep the sighting secret until the bird has moved on.
  • Abide by the legal requirements of the Wildlife & Countryside Act and other legislation at all times.
  • Respect the rights of landowners.
  • Obey the Country Code.
  • Respect the rights of other birdwatchers and other countryside users.
  • Keep records of important sightings and make sure they are submitted directly to the County Bird Recorder.
  • When bird watching abroad behave as you would expect to behave in Britain.