This year I decided to become a member of my local Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. I decided for two reasons. The first is that the RSPB Vane Farm site is right on my doorstep and I wanted to get my career more focused on trying to see if I can do something to help protect Wild Birds and my local nature reserve.
The second reason was that I was influenced by a couple of brown Kites who swooped down over my car one day earlier on this month while driving through the area of Dalqueich.
I stopped my car where the birds had chosen to land on some roadside tree branches just ahead of me. I had a good look at one bird, looked at it right in the eye and at that moment the thought “I want to do something to protect you” entered my mind.
Within a couple of days I made a trip out to Vane Farm and spoke to Colin, one of the friendly staff, and signed up for a year’s membership.
I received my book on Scottish birds and have now decided that each day, while I go on my walk up the Kilmagad Woodland walk, I take a compact camera just in case I ever come across any evidence of cruelty to wild birds.
Fortunately I can say that there have been no recent reports of poisoning of Raptors in the Loch Leven and surrounding areas.
I enjoy hillwalking most days and armed with my book, I now enjoy trying to see if I can spot any wild bird life while out in nature.