Scottish Raptor Study Group

Monitoring and conserving Scotland's birds of prey

News - May 2012

Sparrowhawk photograph by Ian Todd

Edinburgh sparrowhawk live webcam
30th May 2012

A live webcam has been set up at a sparrowhawk nest in the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh, in a partnership between Lothian & Borders Raptor Study Group, RSPB and the Royal Botanical Garden. To view the webcam and to find out about about the project visit:

Tweed Valley osprey chick 'first this year in Scotland'
16th May 2012

From the BBC website - An osprey chick in the Tweed Valley in the Borders is believed to be the first to hatch in Scotland this year. The bird was spotted by volunteers watching the nest where a first egg was laid a little over a month ago. Tweed Valley Osprey Project Information Officer Diane Bennett described it as "great news" for the area and ospreys across Scotland. The osprey family can be viewed on high definition cameras at Forestry Commission Scotland's Glentress Forest and Kailzie Gardens, both near Peebles. Ms Bennett said: "The adults are old hands when it comes to rearing chicks - this will be their ninth brood to date. The adult male will be busier than ever now with more mouths to feed. He has already been bringing fish back to the nest and sharing it with his mate who in turn will feed the new chick. In a few days we will hopefully have more chicks in the nest to keep the proud parents busier than ever." As part of the Tweed Valley Osprey Project, the chick will be ringed so that its movements can be monitored over it's lifetime.

Serial egg collector banned from Scotland
11th May 2012

Matthew Gonshaw, a serial egg collector from London with a string of previous convictions has been given an ASBO that bans him for life from visiting Scotland during the bird breeding season. Press release from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service:


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Osprey. Photo by Dean Bricknell.