The birds of Skye

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Bob McMillan delivers a talk on, ‘The birds of Skye – some historical changes, trends, and challenges?’ at the ‘Islands – past’ conference.

During this first installment of our tri-part ‘Islands – past, present and future’ series, we are looking backwards to explore the exciting and complex past of the Scottish Islands. We revisited the places and people whose stories have contributed to our conceptualisation of and relationship with the Isle of Skye and Scotland’s islands more widely.

Bob was educated at the University of Dundee. He was a career police officer serving in Perth and Kinross Constabulary and Tayside Police, retiring in 1999 as Deputy Chief Constable, when he received the Queens Police Medal. He worked for UK Government in an advisory role for several years before retiring to Skye in 2004. With a lifetime interest in birds, Bob has served in various capacities with the Scottish Raptor Study Groups, Scottish Ornithologists’ Club, and British Trust for Ornithology. He has published and contributed to several ornithological papers, and the annual Highland Bird Report. In 2005 he published Skye Birds, now in its 3rd edition.


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