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Back in July we were very excited to be asked by the RSPB to apply for the Nature of Scotland Awards for our Tayside Swifts Conservation projects. We have been running these projects over the past nine years – I actually set Perthshire Wildlife up in 2013 as a way to deliver conservation projects, as the Ranger Service that I worked for at the time was no longer able to do so. My latter years as a Countryside Ranger were spent in the north-east of Perthshire, covering the beautiful area from Scone to the Angus border, and the East Perthshire glens.

The Carse of Gowrie Swift Conservation Project was the first project we ran, which ended up getting enough funding to run three phases, so we were able to achieve lots through working with various community groups to map existing swift nest sites, erect lots of nestboxes for the birds and work with developers to provide homes for wildlife. More information about the project can be found here.

A few days ago Catherine Lloyd, who is the co-ordinator of the Tayside Biodiversity Partnership, and I took the train to Edinburgh for the awards in the parliament building at Holyrood, which was very exciting. And even more exciting – we made it through to the finals in the Community Initiative category! The finals award ceremony is in November, so fingers crossed that we will have good news then too.

Excited to be going to the BIG SMOKE!

The next blog will be from my wonderful niece who works for Just Stop Oil.