Scotland offers some fantastic opportunities to get out and about and do some wildlife watching. When it’s not possible to do so, there are some great ways to watch a magnificent bird of prey from the comfort of your own home.
Ospreys have now returned to Scotland for the breeding season. These large birds of prey overwinter in Africa and return to the UK to breed in the spring. They feed mostly on fish caught in lochs and rivers and they tend to pair for life. Ospreys were found extensively across the UK until they were persecuted to extinction. This meant that in Scotland ospreys became extinct in 1916.
They started to return to Scotland in 1954, but re-colonising was a slow process and by 1976 the breeding population was only 14 pairs. Nest protection and conservation projects helped the population to increase and to colonise other parts of the UK.
Where to watch
There are visitor centres at Loch of the Lowes and Loch Garten, where you can watch the ospreys as they tidy their nests, raise their chicks and see the young birds take their first flight. However, if you prefer to watch from the comfort of your own home, you can follow the birds’ progress on the Loch of the Lowes webcam here.
There is also a webcam for the osprey nest at Loch Arkaig which can be viewed here.
More information about ospreys can be found on the RSPB website here.
If you are interested in birds there are several books about them in the Edinburgh Napier collection. Here is a selection of the many titles available:
The month of June is Pride Month and here at the Library we “pride” ourselves on being an inclusive and welcoming place to visit. We thought it might be interesting to share with you some history about Pride Month and show you some resources for learning more about LGBTQ+ culture.
The reason that Pride occurs in June is because it marks the date of the Stonewall riots in America. This was a significant turning point in LGBTQ+ rights, galvanising movement towards greater equality. The first Pride parade occurred a year later on the anniversary of the riot, and parades around the world have marked the occasion ever since.
Pride Month is a celebration of how far LGBTQ+ rights have come and about bringing attention to work that still needs to be done. It’s also about having a lot of fun and some truly fabulous parades!
The Library has a wealth of books and articles on the subject. From the history of LGBTQ+ rights to current Legal information to keep you informed. Use LibrarySearch to find what you are looking for, or contact us for help with any of your research needs.
Here are some items available through the Library to get you started:
You’ve reached the end of your course, you’ve passed all your exams and so onto Graduation!
It’s that time of year when we say Love Your Library, please clear your library record before you leave! Unsure whether your record is clear? Sign into LibrarySearch and select Library Card, you’ll find any loans and fines detailed there.
It’s very easy to return items, just scan them through our self-service kiosks and pop them into the returns box. Laptops can be returned to a Lapsafe or the Library Help Desk. If you’ve fines to clear these can be paid through LibrarySearch or appealed if there’s been extenuating circumstances. You can also post books back to us if that’s easier for you. Here’s our contact details if you need to get in touch: email@example.com or 0131 455 3500.
Anyway, we’d just like to say we’re sorry to see you go and would like to wish you all the very best with your future career or studies!
Nature is an incredible resource for maintaining our mental health. Simply being outside and experiencing green spaces has proven beneficial to us. Health Awareness Week 2021 is all about the potent value of nature on our minds. Spending time in nature and connecting with the natural world is a free and positive way to help us live happier lives.
This Organisational system was conceived by Melvil Dewey in 1873 and first published in 1876. It is one of the most widely used in the world.
The DDC as it is shortened to, is used to organise books by subject. Each item is given a shelf mark identifier so it can be located easily. The main subject areas are:
000 Computer science, information, and general work
100 Philosophy and psychology
300 Social sciences
700 Art and recreation
900 History and geography
The first 3 digits are the main subject area. The numbers after the point give a subsection. After the numbers there are 3 letters to represent the author or editor. For example 941.34 DAI This refers to a book on Edinburgh by David Daiches. Books with the same DDC number are shelved first by their number, then in alphabetic order by author or Editor.
If you want a very fun (and most definitely silly) video on how to find a book, this YouTube video is perfect:
Due to the Pandemic, both new and current students have had to learn to work in exceptional ways. Remote studying from their homes or student halls.
Students have had to face many social challenges, including being unable to experience the usual thriving campus environment. This has resulted in students reporting that they feel a loss of belonging to a campus community.
To help combat this here are some helpful ways to feel more connected
University societies may be holding online events to enrich your interests and build connections. You can find more information about Edinburgh Napier’s societies by clicking here.
Stress awareness month is here and as our work, study and life balances are interrupted due to the pandemic, we yearn for a breathing space or some creative vitality in our lives. Here are some tips below on how to get more creative!
Knitting or Sewing
Knitting doesn’t just have to consist of socks and scarves. The repetition of stitches can be a way of calming the mind from the everyday stresses of the pandemic. You could add new embroidered designs to your garments or repair any odd holes or two! This fantastic Box of Broadcasts documentary tells you about the history of knitting and how it has become the people’s craft in Britain
Want to learn how to knit? You can access the online eBook Knitting for Dummies through Librarysearch.
Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash
Did you know Scrapbooking first began in the United Kingdom during the 19th Century? All you need is a plain paged scrapbook, journal or book to keep your memories alive! You can add photographs, fabrics, objects, quotes, colours, and materials that you have collected or bring you a sense of comfort. You can find more about the psychological benefits on scrapbooking in the book Creative Nostalgia: Social and Psychological Benefits of Scrapbooking, available through Librarysearch.
Photo by Estée Janssens on Unsplash
Blogging provides a platform for self-expression and to communicate information with others online. Wix and WordPress are free blogging sites where you can begin to share your thoughts, passions, and ideas to a worldwide audience.
Our annual Easter Egg Hunt is back and this time we have gone virtual! There are some fantastic prizes to be won so why not have a go! You can enter the competition through our Social media accounts on either Instagram or Twitter
To play: find and click on the Easter Eggs in this picture, which will lead you to Easter themed questions. Use LibrarySearch to find all 6 answers. Send them by DM to us on Instagram or Twitter to be in with a chance to win Amazon vouchers: 1st place £30, 2nd place £25 and 3rd place £10 Good luck!