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  • Blog Post: Great oaks from little acorns grow

    This is seed time for the UK’s deciduous trees. Conkers, beech nuts, hazelnuts acorns and even pine cones are all types of tree seed. Just like fruits such as apples, berries and pears some of them are very tasty to animals. Squirrels absolutely love hazelnuts so if you manage to find some that...
  • Blog Post: Hands off my holly

    We all know that holly is a special winter plant for people to decorate thier homes with at Christmas. Did you know that it's special for mistle thrushes too? If you find a holly tree packed with bright red berries at this time of year, listen for a loud clacking sound. You can almost guarantee...
  • Blog Post: Start of the summer?

    It may not seem like it, but summer is on it's way. Our new WildSquare survey for May and June has just started, so put on your wellies and your raincoat and have a look around to see which summer bugs, birds and plants you can find. Will you be one of the first people to brave the elements and...
  • Blog Post: Birdsong

    These are you last couple of days to complete the Preparing for Winter survey. If you haven't already told us your results make sure you do it now. Our January / February survey is called 'birds and their song'. This time of year is perfect for getting to know the birds in your local area...
  • Blog Post: Look out for flocking birds

    Forget wildebeest migrations or the northern lights. Right now, right here in the UK starlings, geese, ducks, wagtails, rooks, waders and other birds are performing a natural spectacle above our heads. Winter is a brilliant time to watch flocking birds. The pulse, swell and grace of a flock of birds...
  • Blog Post: Nature's clocks

    The clocks go forward this weekend. This makes a big difference to people but our local wildlife will be getting up at just the same time as normal. Clocks don't matter to wildlife but timing does. There is only one reason why people need to tell the time - planning. If you intend to do nothing all...
  • Blog Post: Why do some birds stick together?

    When you're on your own it's hare to keep an eye out all around you. When you are in a group, your friends can watch out in different directions. Some bird specides play safe by staying together in groups which can number thousands of individual birds. The alarm call of one bird can alert the...
  • Blog Post: Swallows

    It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter and the weather’s starting to get colder. Autumn is on it’s way and the wildlife around us know this. For the last few weeks swifts, swallows and martins have been swooping around practising their flying skills before they set...
  • Blog Post: From Russia with love

    You may think that you're seeing more birds around your WildSquare than usual, and you'd be right. The blackbird is one of Britain's commonest garden birds and the chances are you'll see one when you do your survey. Many blackbirds are local and will stay in the same area all their lives...
  • Blog Post: Our new survey has started

    Our WildSquare survey for January and February has just started. By completing this survey, you're not only finding out about nature for yourself, but you're also stepping up for nature. To find out more about the RSPB's Stepping up for Nature campaign click on the blue link. This season...
  • Blog Post: Birds and their song survey nearly finished

    Our January / February WildSquare survey is nearly finished. You've still got just over a week to do the survey and submit your results. So if you haven't alredy done it, why not have a go over the weekend. Lots of you have taken part. The commonest birds to be seen on the survey are so far...
  • Blog Post: Get baking!

    As it gets colder outside, you may want an activity to do indoors. This Gingerbread bird recipe is perfect for a winters' afternoon at home. You can make all sorts of different animals, they don't just have to be birds. Ingredients Decorations 450g plain flour Currents 1 teaspoon of...
  • Blog Post: Birds and their song survey

    How many of these birds have you seen? You often see more birds in the winter than the summer, there isn’t much food around and the days are shorter so they have to spend more time finding things to eat. There are also fewer leaves in the trees for them to hide behind. Can you hear any of...
  • Blog Post: Only four more days to go

    There's only four more days to go until our Bursting into Spring WildSquare survey finishes, so make sure that you submit your results so we know what you've seen. We have had some great comments from people who have really enjoyed taking part in the survey. One of my favourites is from Sioned...
  • Blog Post: Birds and their song

    Some people recognise birds by their songs rather than by their appearance. Many birds are small and can be hidden by the leaves on trees, this means it is very helpful to be able to know the bird from its song. Our Wildsquare survey asks you not only to look for the birds but to listen for them too...
  • Blog Post: Flocking - one of nature's greatest shows

    Forget wildebeest migrations or the northern lights. Right now, right here in the UK starlings, geese, ducks, wagtails, rooks, waders and other birds are performing a natural spectacle above our heads. Winter is a brilliant time to watch flocking birds. The pulse, swell and grace of a flock of birds...
  • Blog Post: Winter warming

    Sometimes it's not very tempting to go outside in the winter. Staying inside with with a roaring fire and some good Christmas food is often much more appealing. Birds however are not so lucky, they have to find other ways to keep warm. Small birds like werns and long-tailed tits suffer especially...
  • Blog Post: It's showtime

    At this time of year lots of birds are finding mates and protecting their territories. One of the ways they do these things is by showing off - singing, performing aerobatic displays and even dancing. Grebes - One of the best shows is happening on lakes right now, where great crested grebes have donned...
  • Blog Post: Early nesters

    Winter is very nearly over and some birds are breeding already. The breeding season for most birds falls somewhere between April and July. It makes sense because as there is more daylight then and it is a bit warmer, there is more food around for all the extra hungry mouths. But three of our most familiar...
  • Blog Post: Singing or shouting

    We've all heard the sound of birds singing, or the racket of seagulls or rooks squawking. If you listen carefully to birds singing you might know which bird is making which noise. But why do birds make the noises they do? What does it all mean? You can click on any of the blue links in this post...
  • Blog Post: Sowing seeds for a greener London

    Have you ever stared at the side profile of City Hall? For years now I've wanted to stick a sparrow's head on it's teardrop shape, as it it would make a wonderful giant sparrow. A monumental nod to the cockney sparra's brave and chirpy character and its similarity to the London...
  • Blog Post: Clackety clack, lets have some chat

    There's a rail-line at the bottom of my garden. I welcome the comforting rumble of trains carrying people to and from Liverpool Street. I also welcome the wildlife roaming the embankment; and the blankets of spring bluebells; the birds turning their heads as trains approach; and the cloaking canopies...
  • Blog Post: Do you say 'fall' or 'autumn'?

    Autumn has fallen. Not with the gentle floating of a golden-brown leaf settling gently on the ground, but the subtlety of a lead pipe delivered by a cold-blooded thug. With a resounding thwump, leaves have carpeted the ground overnight, falling only slightly faster than the temperature. Not that I'm...
  • Blog Post: Counting, food and the power of individuals

    Look out the window right now. Do see any house sparrows? I don't. In the nineties, London lost seven out of every ten sparrows and there were fears the cockney sparra could soon be extinct in the Capital. Bear in mind that this little grey and brown bird has more or less colonised the world,...