For the first time in nearly 40 years, golden eagles have started breeding again in Orkney. RSPB Scotland staff were pleased to spot a pair nesting at the organisation’s nature reserve in Hoy earlier this year, and have since been able to confirm that they now have chicks.
Car drivers and passengers are being encouraged to count the number of bugs squashed on their car number plate after a journey this summer. The survey will aim to gather valuable evidence on the worrying decline in insect numbers. Smartphone users can get involved by downloading the Bugs Matter application, launched last week by Buglife.
A giant otter thought to be extinct for decades in Argentina has resurfaced in the country’s Iberá National Park. It is unclear how the giant otter arrived, with one expert suggesting it may have migrated thousands of miles from the Paraguayan Pantanal, or that there could be a local population in Argentina which has remained undetected.