• 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 instances of five or more dead birds of one species to Defra (03459 335577).

  • 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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    Scottish Corncrake numbers continue to fall

    Corncrake numbers in Scotland are continuing to decline the latest RSPB Scotland survey has revealed, adding to concerns about their precarious future here. You can read the full Rare Bird Alert article here
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    23rd April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd April 2021. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The first Lewis Corncrake was heard calling there today South Lochboisdale, South Uist A Cuckoo was there this morning West Kilbride, South Uist A dark phase...
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    Corncrake, Balranald, North Uist © Mark Colvin
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    Corncrake © Nick Truby
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    Corncrake courtesy of Glyn Evans.
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