• 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

    New - now available as an ebook


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Information received from Roger Hicks:-

I have been organising a rookery survey in Bedfordshire since 2013. I have recently launched a rookery website which can be viewed at www.rookeries.uk

It includes all the data from the recent and historic Bedfordshire surveys plus other personal observations as well as survey data gleaned from the web and other sources.

I was hoping there might be others interested in Rooks and Rookeries in your society who would be interested in the website and could let me know what they think. I would also welcome any feedback on the website as a whole, good or bad and if you have any ideas for improving it. It has only recently 'gone live', so there may still be some teething issues, so please let me know if you run into any problems.

You can view most of the data without logging in. You need to register in order to get a log-in, this produces an activation email (sent to your email address). Clicking on the link in this email activates your log-in. Once logged in, you can add and subsequently amend or delete data.

I am also trying to build a bibliography of local rookery surveys, so any references to rookery surveys in Outer Hebrides, e.g. in the annual report, would be appreciated.