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SRMS national and regional trends published today

The SRMS is delighted to announce the publication of national and regional trends for raptors in Scotland based on SRMS data for the period 2009-2018.

Trends cover breeding numbers and productivity (breeding success, clutch size, brood size and the number of fledglings) at national and regional (SRMS Region and Natural Heritage Zones) levels for 14 species (13 raptors plus Raven) that breed regularly in Scotland.

We have produced a Summary Report which highlights the trends we have been able to produce.

More information and further links can be accessed from the ‘Trends’ menu on the Home Page.

Scottish Raptor – October 2022

The latest issue of Scottish Raptor is now available. Please take a look here to find out all the news from the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme, including how to secure your place at our forthcoming 20th anniversary celebrations on Friday 25th November.

If you would like to sign up to receive future issues of the newsletter by email then please email the SRMC – srmc@bto.org.

Back issues of Scottish Raptor can be accessed here.

Information & Booking for 20th Anniversary Celebrations

You are now able to book your free place at the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme’s 20th Anniversary celebrations at Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry, Perthshire on Friday 25th November. 

Booking is essential. Please visit the link below to secure your place.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scottish-raptor-monitoring-scheme-20th-anniversary-celebration-tickets-428565760727

There will be a programme of talks from 2-4 pm followed by a celebratory drinks reception until 5 pm.

Welcome Amy Challis (SRMS Coordinator)

Why raptors are brilliant Brian Etheridge (Scottish Raptor Study Group)

Our greatest achievements Andrew Stevenson (SRMS Chair)

The importance of volunteers & Raptor Patch Logan Steele (Scottish Raptor Study Group)

How SRMS data are used by SRMS partners Kenny Kortland (Forestry & Land Scotland)

Raptor monitoring – the international context for SRMS David Stroud (formerly Joint Nature Conservation Committee)

Raptor monitoring in action – video

Thoughts from the Minister for Environment & Land Reform Mairi McAllan MSP

The rise and fall of a population of Buzzards over the last 35 years Mike Bell (Tayside & Fife Raptor Study Group)

SRMS trends in breeding numbers & productivity Chris Wernham (British Trust for Ornithology)

Close and welcome to drinks reception Amy Challis (SRMS Coordinator)

We are very pleased that the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club (SOC), one of our SRMS partners, has agreed to our celebratory event being linked to the Club’s annual weekend conference (Friday 25th – Sunday 27th November), which this year is themed around raptors. Attendees at the SRMS event who wish to book a place at the SOC conference or stay for the Friday evening conference programme (including dinner, talk and quiz) need to book directly through the Club. For programme details and to book, visit https://www.the-soc.org.uk/support-us/events/events/the-2022-annual-conference

Happy 20th birthday SRMS!

On the week the SRMS celebrate its 20th birthday, we are pleased to share our latest issue of Scottish Raptor. Please take a look here to find out all the news from the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme.

To mark the occasion of our 20th birthday many of the representatives who sit on the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Group, share their messages of ongoing support for the SRMS. We will be holding a celebratory event later this year – Friday 25th November – for which details and booking information will be made available in due course.

As well as bringing you up to speed with the work of the Scheme, in this issue we have a number of invited articles, including an update on the Avian Influenza situation which is impacting raptors and a piece looking back at the history of Golden Eagle and Peregrine monitoring in Central Scotland.

If you would like to sign up to receive future issues of the newsletter by email then please email the SRMC – srmc@bto.org.

Back issues of Scottish Raptor can be accessed here.

SRMS 2020 Annual Report now published!

Challis, A., Wilson, M.W., Eaton, M.A., Stevenson, A., Stirling-Aird, P., Thornton, M. & Wilkinson, N.I. (2022). Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme Report 2020. BTO Scotland, Stirling.

The SRMS is pleased to announce the publication of its annual report covering the 2020 breeding season. Find out how Scottish raptors fared in 2020 by reading the latest report which can be accessed here. Supplementary data tables linked from the report can be accessed here.

Scottish Raptor – December 2021

The latest issue of Scottish Raptor is now available. Please take a look here to find out all the news from the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme.

Hopefully it is not too early to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas. As well as bringing you up to speed with the work of the Scheme we have a number of invited articles, including an update on work undertaken by SASA’s Wildlife DNA Forensic Unit to build raptor forensic DNA databases and an update on the work of the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project.

If you would like to sign up to receive future issues of the newsletter by email then please email the SRMC – srmc@bto.org.

Back issues of Scottish Raptor can be accessed here.

SRMS 2019 Annual Report now published!

Challis, A., Eaton, M., Wilson, M. W., Schonberg, N., Eaton, M.A, Stevenson, A. & Stirling-Aird, P. (2020). Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme Report 2019. BTO Scotland, Stirling.

The SRMS is pleased to announce the publication of its annual report covering the 2019 breeding season. Find out how Scottish raptors fared in 2019 by reading the latest report which can be accessed here. Supplementary data tables linked from the report can be accessed here.

Scottish Raptor – October 2020

The latest issue of Scottish Raptor is now available. Please take a look here to find out all the news from the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme.

We hope that all our readers, their friends, families and colleagues are safe and well and that this issue will bring a bit of cheer to our contributors in what can only be described as an odd year. As well as bringing you up to speed with the work of the Scheme we have a number of invited articles. We celebrate 40 years of the SRSG with an article written by Chris Rollie (Chair of the D&G branch of SRSG), and have an interesting article from Davie Black of Mountaineering Scotland in relation to rock climbing and crag-nesting raptors. Some of our readers also share some of their own lockdown raptor highlights.

If you would like to sign up to receive future issues of the newsletter by email then please email the SRMCsrmc@bto.org.

Back issues of Scottish Raptor can be accessed here.

Scottish Raptor – April 2020

The latest issue of Scottish Raptor is now available. Please take a look here to find out all the news from the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme.

Please could all data contributors take special note of our statement on the current Covid-19 situation in relation to their fieldwork for the current breeding season.

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Back issues of Scottish Raptor can be accessed here.

Scottish Raptor-October 2019

The latest issue of Scottish Raptor is now available. Please take a look here to find out all the news from the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme. In this issue, you can read about the experiences of several raptor workers in the field and how you may be able to help with a Kestrel study in Northern Ireland.

Back issues of Scottish Raptor can be accessed here.

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