Scottish Wildlife Trust
What is our Vision? A network of healthy and resilient ecosystems supporting communities of native species across large areas of Scotland’s land and seas. This is the “Ecosystem Scale Approach” and is part of the Wildlife Trusts’ UK Living Landscapes and Living Seas initiative
How do we do it?
• PROTECT: We safeguard and enhance biodiversity through the management of 122 wildlife reserves covering over 20,000 hectares.
• INFLUENCE: We advocate, encourage, persuade, advise and campaign for best conservation practice on land and in the sea and fresh waters, working with politicians, other land managers and the people of Scotland.
• ACT: We undertake practical conservation projects on the ground.
• INSPIRE: We enable people to get involved, understand and enjoy wildlife.
Scottish Wildlife Trust in the News
Fast female fledglings fly from nest in New Lanark
The two female peregrines at the Falls of Clyde were ringed a few weeks ago and are ready to leave the nest, six weeks after hatching. Famed as the fastest creature on earth, peregrine falcons can reach speeds of over 150 miles per hour when stooping to catch their prey.
The peregrine eggs, laid on a cliff face at the Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve near New Lanark, hatched at the end of April and the young (known as eyasses) have grown fast.
The chicks were ringed, which will give us valuable information about where they end up. The ring identifies the chicks to scientists as coming from the Falls of Clyde.
The chicks have fledged, meaning they have left their cliff face nest, known as an eyrie.
On Saturday 9th June our chicks left the eyrie by clambering up the cliff face to a nearby tree. On Sunday they both flew and one managed to fly over to the opposite side of the gorge, where members of the public were watching. At the moment the peregrines don’t really have much choice in where they end up! They frantically flap their wings and dive off the cliff.
The fledged chicks at the Falls of Clyde will now become adept flyers, taking test flights across the gorge on the reserve before following their parents further into the countryside to learn how to hunt.
Thanks to funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery, we provide 24 hour nest protection for our peregrines, to ensure that they are safe from egg hunters. This has been going on since before the eggs were laid and will continue until the chicks leave the nest.
Source: Scottish Wildlife Trust Website