James has just returned from the annual RSPB staff conference which was held at Pitlochry. A great time was enjoyed by all and James met in with some of his former Islay colleagues, Gus Keys who was site manager on the Oa was there. Gus is now site manager based down in Wigtown and looking after Ailsa Craig, Mull of Galloway, Wood of Cree and Ken Dee, quite a spread! Helen Moncrieff from Shetland was down, Helen spent a year at Gruinart while Catherine was up on Egilsay. The other person was Rory Crawford who was on Islay last summer and is now based at HQ in Edinburgh. Back to the birds, and while he was there James had seen a Great spotted Woodpecker, 26 Bullfinch, numerous Long tailed Tits, Treecreeper and some Red Squirrels and a single Grey Squirrel.