• Would members please give due consideration when thinking about posting information and sightings relating to Schedule 1 species during the breeding season. Records of these species can be submitted privately to the county bird recorder by email to recorder@outerhebridesbirds.org.uk or via BTO BirdTrack marked as sensitive. For updated guidance on this subject from the Rare Breeding Birds Panel please download the PDF from the Resources section

Heronries Census and Garden BirdWatch Reports


In the last week BTO published annual summaries of not one but two of their national surveys. Firstly the Garden BirdWatch annual results were released and are well worth a read.

BTO also published the Heronries Census Summary for 2020. Obviously the season was disrupted by Covid-19, but many volunteers managed to do an early visit before lockdown. Thanks go to everyone who managed to get out last spring!

Can we increase coverage of Heronries in Scotland in 2021? Have a look at this interactive map to find your nearest vacant site. Little Egret bred in Scotland for the first time in 2020 and their northwards colonisation looks set to continue...


Some vacant sites need surveying in the Uists (marked in orange on the map above) Go to this link for more info or to sign up https://app.bto.org/colonies/public/vacant-sites.jsp?dm_i=1L9X,7ANQN,RJY7K6,TLEPX,1 You can Zoom in on the Outer Hebrides :)