• 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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  1. YvonneB

    Rock Doves - new paper by William J. Smith et al

    An absolutely fascinating paper by Will Smith et al., just published. Will has been researching the Rock Doves here in the Outer Hebrides https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2022.104620 Also see the recent, short BirdGuides article for a less intense read :) Research maps out wild Rock Dove...
  2. Hawkeye

    Tracking the elusive Leach’s storm petrel on St Kilda

    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...
  3. Hawkeye

    Decline of Leach’s Storm Petrels at the largest colonies in the northeast Atlantic

    The latest study of Leach's Petrel on St Kilda indicate and very worrying decline of 68% between 2000 and 2019. Leach’s Storm Petrel Hydrobates leucorhous has undergone substantial population declines at North Atlantic colonies over recent decades, but censusing the species is challenging...
  4. Hawkeye

    Project Puffin - New research into their decline

    Atlantic puffins are one of the UK’s highest priority conservation species as they have recently joined the European red list as vulnerable to global extinction. There is much uncertainty as to why puffins are in decline but it is believed that reduced food availability caused by climate change...