Author: Drew McNaughton

Botanics Sparrowhawks – Easter Trail Bird Biodiversity

Happy Easter everyone! Just to let you know it’s still pretty quiet with the sparrowhawks although I have seen some dotting about so hopefully nesting will be underway…

Botanics Sparrowhawks – Living Landscapes Event Sun 14/02/2016

New album: the Week in Edinburgh Wildlife: Keeping warm and preparing for spring. https://t.co/aq3P30d4Z5 pic.twitter.com/j0B9iotLQw — Living Edinburgh (@EdinLandscape) February 13, 2016 In a slight departure from my…

Botanics Sparrowhawks – Species Reproduction

I haven’t posted for a wee while on the Sparrowhawks. To be honest it’s a quiet time of year for them and they are not the most showy…

Botanics Sparrowhawks – Tweets

We are at the time of the year where observable sparrowhawk activity reaches its low point. They are most likely to still be around but it’s just that…

Botanics Sparrowhawks – Added Inspiration

Image: Duncan Marquiss, Search Film, 2015 (Film Still). Courtesy of the artists. Despite being a quiet spell for observing Sparrowhawk activity in the garden, it is still possible…

Botanics Sparrowhawks – Related Projects

I have had some good encounters with Sparrowhawks over the last few weeks. I posted about one fairly recently and in the last couple of days I also…

Botanics Sparrowhawks – Autumn Action

Although now well past the breeding season if you are lucky you may be treated to a close encounter with one of the sparrowhawks in the garden. They…

Botanics Sparrowhawks – Latest Observations

As with the observation of any wild creatures, observing sparrowhawks requires a lot of patience and often the luck of being in the right place at the right…

Botanics Sparrowhawks – Yardstick of Success

Now that the breeding season is coming to a close it seems a good time to pause to reflect on the year so far.  And what a year!…

Botanics Sparrowhawks – What’s that noise?

Welcome back to the Botanics Sparrowhawk blog. No photos this time I’m sorry to say. My camera is just not up to the job although I got quite…

Botanics Sparrowhawks – Keeping Track

Since the last post I have kindly been provided with further pictures from the ringing when Will Hinchliffe took the photo he posted on Twitter. Peter Wilson, also…

Botanics Sparrowhawks – Welcome to the World

It’s been very exciting the last couple of weeks with the long awaited Titan Arum flowering in the Glasshouses. However for myself it has also been an exciting…

Botanics Sparrowhawks – Sparrowhawks and Trees

Welcome to this instalment of the Botanics Sparrowhawks blog.  The feathers above were found below one of the nests and Hugh Coventry, an expert on sparrowhawks who regularly…

Botanics Sparrowhawks

Over the past four years I have been very fortunate to have been able to observe the activities of the sparrowhawks (Gaelic: speireag) in the garden.  These beautiful…

John Muir Award Sharing

One of the John Muir Award challenges is about sharing. This can take many forms including painting, writing, poetry and even just discussing your experiences. Each of the…

John Muir at the Botanics

John Muir seems to have been a prominent feature at the Botanics over the last 6 months or so. During the Autumn and Winter we had the exhibition…

RBGE Sparrowhawk Diary for 2014

During the Sparrowhawk breeding season (and after) I have been keeping a diary of the activities of the Sparrowhawks in the garden which you can read below:  …