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  • Blog Post: Something sweet for Sumatra

    If you're in London town this weekend why not indulge your sweet tooth and head down to the Chocolate Festival on the South Bank. The RSPB team will be down there with our Sumatra stand and stocks of our "guilt-free" Love Nature chocolate. Ok so it's not completely guilt-free because...
  • Blog Post: Soiled, but stepping boldly forwards in peace

    If the change in weather to cold mornings and dark evenings hasn't been enough to dampen spirits, a burst soilpipe in our office block has snuffed out the remaining cheer lingering from the warm start of this month. Our new office mantra: "Wake up and smell the beings". Umm. Full roast...
  • Blog Post: George Osborne's Autumn Speech

    Two of the many great things about London are the River Thames and the large number of open spaces you can escape to, spaces where you can cycle, fish, run, play, walk your dog, watch the world go by or simply rage against the machine. Much of London's infrastructure, from its sewers right through...
  • Blog Post: Countryfying London and looking for Blakbirdinsky

    The stormy winds have passed, leaving London's gardens looking grey and battered, so let's dream of better days ahead. The RSPB, along with 24 other organisations, want to transform our Capital’s grey spaces into colourful fields where Londoners can feel cool fresh grass between their...
  • Blog Post: London! Not top of the BoP gun crime list

    For a change, London is NOT the centre of gun crime... as far as Birds of Prey [BoP] are concerned. Our magnificent falcons and hawks can continue to visit, safe in the knowledge that they're unlikely to become victims of prejudice. The RSPB's 20th annual Birdcrime report recorded 384 cases...
  • Blog Post: Make 2011 count with us.

    It's been an emotional start to the New Year. Tears of happiness and great sadness. Now, with the Big Garden Birdwatch looming it's time to pick myself up, shed the extra pounds gained over the seasonal break and step briskly forwards into 2011. For birds, they'll still be looking to maintain...
  • 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: Pickled think

    The successful development of the Thames Estuary is our birthright. That was the assertion of the Rt Hon Eric Pickles, above, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The Banner behind him reads 'Greater Thames' and he was speaking at the official launch of our Futurescape...
  • Blog Post: Fairburn Ings to Tate Modern, by guest blogger Des Garrahan

    If this is a London blog, why am I telling you about an RSPB reserve up in West Yorkshire? Well I suppose it’s because I’m the new Local Groups Officer for London and I recently started in the role and I’m trying to find out as much about the RSPB as I can. So there I was in Yorkshire...
  • Blog Post: EC Rider

    You are looking so good! Ladies and gentlemen. Let's ride. Thank you to everyone who wrote to EC President Jose Manuel Barroso. 11,500 people took time out let him and his EC colleagues know what they thought about plans to cut environmental funding from the Common Agriculture Policy, revealed...
  • Blog Post: The one with... friends

    The American sit-com Friends had 236 episodes and each, bar the first and last, had a title which started with the words "The One...” True friends are hugely important to the RSPB. We can achieve far more for London’s wildlife with the support of our friends than we would working...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher nil, Watervole 1

    A new report out this week says water voles are making a comeback after their population slumped 90%. Just this last Wednesday I saw one - photo on the right - chewing on a fresh green leaf at our Rye Meads nature reserve in the Lee Valley. It was right by the path and didn't seem at all worried...
  • Blog Post: Muddy Waters

    My daughter's 'music' homework was all about the blues. She just wouldn't believe me when I said the godfather of the blues is a gravelly voiced chap called Muddy Waters . "What sort of name is that," she asked. "It's as sensible and clear as most," I responded...
  • Blog Post: Bearing gifts of random kindness

    I reckon I could power the national grid if Icould capture the energy from my constant shivering. Still. I can always turn-up the heating, chuck another log on the fire or pull on another of my Mum's knitted jumpers. Blue tits , sparrows , starlings (pictured) and robins don't share that luxury...
  • Blog Post: Jailbirds, bankers - let's Par-Tay!

    Frazzled. Everyone's frazzled and it's not just the air temperature. Defra's been frazzled by proposals to control buzzards around country estates where people pay to shoot pheasants. Suggestions included capturing buzzards and destroying nests around the estates. Eviction and imprisonment...
  • Blog Post: Hidden corners

    I love living in London. Just when you think you know a place, someone comes along and blows your notions out of the water. I've been introduced to an amazing new space in Dalston, the Eastern Curve Garden . Anyone who knows the Dalston Peace Mural can find the entrance to this little green, wedge...
  • Blog Post: Good birding to all of you - by guest blogger Harry Boorman

    What started as a failed £100 bet with my good friend last year,  turned into a bird challenge that I will never forget. Last May my cousin, my friend Joe and I attempted to prove that we could see 100 birds within the M25 in just 48 hours. Despite our best efforts, and because of events...
  • Blog Post: Forever Autumn

    The London sun is fading as I grow old... and just like Justin Hayward sang in Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds , the birds are flying south across the Autumn sky. I know it's Autumn, 'cause I'm already sweeping up leaves that have fallen from the trees. the blackberries have been and...
  • Blog Post: Moth eaten? Bring on the tits!

    A blazing start to October will this week turn to a more traditional autumnal month , with forecasters predicting snow in the UK before Christmas - yes it's just a couple of months away! So, it's time to put away the shorts and crop-tops and dig out the woolies and hats with ear-flaps. If...
  • Blog Post: Empty space

    As I type I can hear a blue tit outside my back door, which is firmly closed against the cold. The bird is hidden in the dense ivy covering the wall between our garden and the neighbour's. After the mild and mixed-up weather of the beginning of this year, the grey, wet and sleety conditions do...
  • Blog Post: I want one of those!

    A big smiley welcome to one female and two male peregrine chicks, now ringed and very visible on our re-aligned and cleaned webcam [Thank you Lyndon]. They are so fluffy and cute. I defy anyone seeing them not to want to feel their fluffiness pressed up against your cheek - or maybe I'm just...
  • Blog Post: Friends in high places

    A unique new project has been launched to monitor London's birds, particularly those migrating through, but also some of our favourites, like the peregrines and swifts . Urban Birder David Lindo takes the credit for securing this unique partnership in the heart of the City. The owners of Tower...
  • Blog Post: Feel the quality, but don't sniff too deeply

    Today, the RSPB revealed a system for measuring how well connected you are with the natural world. It's all about quality of life and the state of our environment. In simple terms, it means how we feel about, and interact with, nature and wildlife. There are International and UK Government...
  • Blog Post: Dark clouds welcome here

    The Europeans are coming. European starlings that is. Thousands of them come to the UK every Autumn to enjoy our mild climate. I guess they don't check the Met Office webpages before setting off, but even though it is cold and windy, the birds come here because food is easier to find, and that means...
  • Blog Post: Swift departure and a cycling adventure

    The swifts that danced over my house have gone. They'll be half way to Africa by now, but it gives me an opportunity to clean out my old swift box and try to fix it as high up my outside wall as my nerves and ladder will allow. Hopefully, it will then be a bit more attractive to a passing swift...