Blogs and Podcasts

Rat race on the Lamb

29 May 2021

As Sarah Lawrence, Biosecurity Officer with the Biosecurity for LIFE project explains in our latest blog, animals like rats, mink, and even stoats can have a devastating impact on seabird colonies if they find their way onto remote, predator-free islands. This means that we take biosecurity (actions taken to prevent invasive predators reaching these habitats) very seriously on the seabird islands that we help to manage. We are also very careful to be vigilant on the islands for signs of ground-predators, where possible placing non-toxic wax surveillance blocks in various locations to check for tell-tale tooth marks...

Protecting Seabirds from Invasive Predators

28 May 2021

The UK is home to an internationally important breeding seabird population, including 20% of the world’s razorbills, 55% of the world’s gannets, and an incredible 80% of the world’s Manx shearwaters. More than 5 million of these seabirds nest here in Scotland, and the vast majority are found on islands. Find out why protecting the biosecurity of these islands is so critical in our latest blog by Biosecurity for LIFE, Biosecurity Officer, Sarah Lawrence.

Sea Kayak Conservation

24 May 2021

The Lamb is a small island which sits just off the East Lothian coastline, between the islands of Fidra and Craigleith. Despite its tiny size (around 100 metres long by 50 metres wide), the Lamb is home to a whole host of amazing seabirds during the summer breeding season, including cormorants, shags, kittiwakes, razorbills, guillemots, and puffins...

Becoming a cetacean citizen scientist with the Sea Watch Foundation

9 April 2021

Our latest blog is by Chiara Giulia Bertulli, Sightings Officer from the Sea Watch Foundation. Collecting data about our cetaceans has never been more important. Rising sea surface temperatures and human activities, such as fishing and drilling for oil, have been impacting marine species in the British waters for many years now. Read on to find out more.