Loch of the Lowes ospreys

By Bethany Walsh With dark brown plumage, a distinctive dark eye mask, and powerful blue-white talons, the osprey (Pandion haliaetus) is one of the most easily recognisable birds of prey found in the UK. It is the only member of the Pandionidae family and, unlike other raptors, feeds almost entirely on fish. Many are captivated …

Cuckoos in Glen Rosa

By Kate Sampson, Head Ranger at Brodick Castle, published on the NTS website 13th April 2022 Arran is a special place to live and work, often referred to as ‘Scotland in miniature’. Where else can you look out to sea and spot dolphins, porpoises and possibly even basking sharks, then turn around to face the …

Information about avian flu

There is a lot in the news at the moment about the outbreaks of avian flu in wild bird populations in Scotland, and recently Lucy Wallace, local wildlife guide and mountain leader, posted some information about what to do if you see any sick birds. Below is a response from the RSPB, and NTS are …

“Albatross” Film Review

Albatross by Sue Weaver COAST and TAP Arran got together to show this stunning film, by Chris Jordan, screened on 23rd June at the Arran High School. The film highlights the lives and deaths of the huge numbers of albatross breeding on Midway Island in the North Pacific. The film maker came to prominence when …

Bird Ringing at Brodick Castle

On the 25th of November licensed ringer Terry Southall and his colleagues held a bird-ringing workshop at the Ranger Centre at the Castle, for members of the Arran Natural History Society. Over the space of about three hours Terry and colleagues caught upwards of sixty birds in the special mist nets they had erected. Each …

Identifying Eagles on Arran

Is it a plane? Is it a bird? Is it Superman? Many visitors to the island scan the sky for eagles, but are not sure whether they are seeing eagles or buzzards. Eagles are simply magnificent, and the assumption is that they will be easy to identify. But distant views of birds can lead to …

… and finally

Calculating, plotting ravens make plans for their future. Given the choice of having a dog biscuit right now or plotting to receive a greater reward later, ravens like to plan ahead. Ravens are complex birds. Not only are they able to imagine being spied upon, it’s now been found that they are able to make …