Birding : Hebrides : Contacts
Some contact details that may be useful if you are out and about birding in our area.
Store the ones you are most likely to need quickly in your mobile phone etc
Oiled or injured birds? SSPCA
If you find an oiled bird please do not take it home and start washing it. It is very important that it receives medication internally as soon as possible and only experienced people should do this.
Worried about Egg thieves? Contact the Police
|Lochboisedale (South Uist)
|Lochmaddy (North Uist)
|| 01876 500328
|| 01859 502002
Photo by John Hamilton taken on Osprey Watch at the Abernethy Osprey Centre
Egg thieves are still a major problem, in 2001 an egg collector from London was arrested for disturbing Golden Eagles. He was trying to steal eggs from a nest on South Uist. It is illegal to disturb most breeding birds.
There is a BBC article written in 2008 about another egg-collector caught with more than 7,000 eggs in his collection, 653 of those eggs were from the UK's most protected species such as the Red-necked Phalarope. He also had eggs from Barn Owls, Golden Eagles, Ospreys, Choughs, Peregrine Falcons, and almost 40 Black-necked Grebe's eggs. (RSPB estimates there are only 40 - 60 breeding pairs of Black-necked Grebes in the whole of the UK....)
Worried about egg thieves? (or found another Purple Martin!) RSPB
Martin Scott the Stornoway RSPB officer was on the scene within 10 minutes when a Purple Martin occured on the Isle of Lewis in 2004. (First European record of one!)
Mountain Rescue or Coastguard
S.L.B found a Tawny Pipit at Gallan Head in Uig. He also later died of a fatal fall in the same area.
(Peter Cunningham 'Birds of the Outer Hebrides')
Live stranded whales/dolphins/seals? BDMLR (24hr number)
01825 765 546
Read more about the Western Isles branch of British Divers Marine Life Rescue, or join and receive training in how to save the life of a sea mammal. You do not need to be a diver. 70% of all the UK's live sea mammal strandings happen in the Western Isles.
Dead strandings of sea mammals? Scottish Strandings Co-ordinator
01463 243 030
Dead sea mammals can be unpleasant and a health hazard, but from them researchers can learn about the causes of death and develop better strategies to protect the future of the species.
|Lochmaddy (North Uist)
County Bird Recorder
Brian Rabbitts: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian would like to receive details of your rarity sightings
A list of emails addresses for the other County Recorders who may like to hear of bird rarity sightings from elsewhere in the UK.
BTO Bird Ringer
Grahame Thompson is one of two British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) ringers on the Isle of Lewis.
More about bird ringing on the Isle of Lewis, and how to join Grahame at a session.
Ringed Swans: Swan Database Officer
Swan Database Officer, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)
Telephone 01453 891900
When Andy saw a Whooper Swan with a coloured ring, he reported it and the record got sent to Anna, who sent back the history of the bird. It gives a family history of a Whooper Swan going through Lewis and shows how much we learn from the ringing and tag reading as well as how far these birds travel.
Anna would appreciate it if we could send any further sightings of swans with coloured rings to her
Other Ringed Birds
Other ringed bird details can be sent to the BTO who are co-ordinating Bird Ringing thoughout Europe (Euring).
There are examples of the different types of rings and details can be logged in on the BTO web site.
Visit the BTO page about reporting ringed birds
Dead Birds? RSPB are interested
'Best option is to email a pic to me first and put bird in freezer till ID confirmed.
I do have access to larger freezers for larger specimens, and there are various projects that arise now and again looking for specimens. Rarer and good quality specimens we send in batches to the Royal Museum in Edinburgh who have a skin collection.
Raptors we often get post-mortems done on in case of foul play etc
Suggestions for additions or amendments to this list are welcomed