NEST CAM TO FOLLOW SPARROWHAWKS AT ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN

Visitors to the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh are to get an insight into the lives of one of the country’s smallest birds of prey via CCTV.

Cameras will be monitoring a resident pair of sparrowhawks at the botanic garden from Saturday until 21 August.

Live coverage will be beamed from the pair’s nest into the John Hope Gateway Information Centre.

The transmission is also being sent to the Scottish Seabird Centre from the botanic garden.

The project, believed to be the first of its kind, is a partnership between RSPB Scotland, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders Raptor Study Group and the Scottish Seabird Centre.

Sparrowhawks are small, agile birds of prey, and are often spotted darting across gardens in search of prey.

As their population size increased they started to colonise cities such as Edinburgh and are now breeding in urban green spaces such as parks, cemeteries and golf courses.


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EDINBURGH PANDAS ARRIVAL DATE CONFIRMED

Chinese Pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang, are set to arrive in a specially prepared jet at Edinburgh Zoo in July.

Both Pandas were born in 2003 and are due to get a superstar welcome.

Their new encloser at the zoo is busily being prepared and is on schedule, it will have been 17 years since the U.K  has been residence to any Pandas.

OSPREY EASTER EGG

Great news just in that Lady, the oldest breeding Osprey in Britain, has successfully  layed an egg after returning from a 3,000 mile trip from West Africa to her nest in Scotland.

Lady is 26 years old and has layed 58 eggs altogether in her lifetime, of these 48 produced healthy chicks.

Lady has made a  significant  contribution to Scotland’s ever growing Osprey population.

Its reckoned there are now about 200 Ospreys spread out over the country at the present

Wildlife Crime Crackdown in Tayside

Tuesday 19th April, Chief Superintendent EWEN WEST of Tayside Police will oversee the delivery plan with the help of a small steering group made up of the B.A.S. and several other orginisations in a crackdown on the killing of birds of prey and wildlife at the Loch of the Lowes Reserve in Perthshire.

The main areas of concern outlined are BIRDS of PREY, HARE COARSING, DEER POACHING, and FRESH WATER PEARLS.