• 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

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Tracking the elusive Leach’s storm petrel on St Kilda

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
In 2021, two scientists from the RSPB’s Centre for Conservation Science spent the summer on the remote island of St Kilda to learn more about a tiny seabird. The Leach’s storm petrel is one of our smallest seabirds, around the size of a starling. They breed on remote islands and spend nearly all their time far out at sea. Sadly the chance of an encounter are lessening – the species has suffered a severe decline and is listed as vulnerable to global extinction by the IUCN Red List. The team spent over a month tagging and tracking the birds, to find out what they get up to at sea.


More information about the research can be found here
 
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