In response to your article on the Nuthatch
At the end of Dominic Couzens’ excellent article on the Nuthatch (Autumn 2018) you have a factbox entitled ’Where to see them’. This says that there are “occasional sightings in southern Scotland”. What nonsense! You really need to be a bit more up-to-date. Just in North Ayrshire, where I live, there are breeding populations in Ayr ( Rozelle Park), Ness Glen and several other locations. In the Glasgow area, the RSPB has Nuthatch as a star species at Barons Haugh near Motherwell. Isuspect that Central Scotland has more Nuthatches than birdwatchers. Andy Shand At the end of Dominic Couzens’ excellent article on Nuthatches (Autumn 2018) you state that “there are occasional sightings in southern Scotland”. I first spotted one in my garden (in southern Scotland - Dumfriesshire to be precise) about 12 years ago and now l report them every week without fail in my BTO Garden Birdwatch. I even had a pair successfully raising a family last year in a woodcrete nestbox in my garden. Nuthatches are gradually making their way further north with sightings in the Central Belt and beyond. Lesley Creamer
Editor Matt replies: We hold our hands up – our factfile (not Dominic’s) drew on RSPB information, but as with many species, the Nuthatch’s range has been changing in recent years, and the good news is clearly that they’re establishing themselves north of the border.