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  • Blog Post: As cold as ice

    Water turns into ice when the temperature drops below 0 degrees Celsius (or freezing point) but what actually happens? Water is made up of miniscule pieces called molecules which are too small to be seen, even under a microscope. These molecules move around all the time while the temperature is above...
  • 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: The joy of winter

    Winter really seems to be here now. It seems hardly believable that only last week there were still butterflies flying around down here in Bedfordshire. We’ve had our first frosts now though and I’m actually looking forward to a cold winter. Nothing really beats the still freshness of a frosty...
  • Blog Post: The preparing for winter survey has now started

    November has started and so has our new survey. The clocks have gone back, the days are drawing in, gloves and scarves have been taken out of the drawers and cupboards where they've been stored for teh summer. Winter is well and truly on it's way. So what's happening in the natural world...
  • 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: You think this is cold?

    If you are feeling chilly this winter, imagine being a wild creature living outside. Or even and an animal in a country much colder than ours. 0 degrees Celsius: Water freezes. This is the average summer temperature at the North Pole. -1 degree Celsius: Antarctic fish swim in water this cold. They...
  • Blog Post: Explore nature with a torch

    As we approach the winter solstice on the 22nd December the hours of daylight we have are steadily reducing. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year (the day is actually the same length as any other it’s just that it’s darker for longer) after that the days will start to get longer...
  • 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: 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: 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: Moving mountains

    Right now mountains are being moved! They're being moved very very slowly but it's still quite an exciting thought. Ice is incredibly powerful. Water can get into every tiny crack and crevice, so when it freezes and expands, it can split huge rocks into pieces and even slowly break down mountains...
  • 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: 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: 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: Euphoria for all

    The unbridled joy of witnessing night after night of national pride, the full frontal exposure to the best of humanity, has left me wanting more. As a confirmed curmudgeon I do not normally indulge my tribal side, but I was lifted-up and carried along on the shoulders of giants as the Olympics and...
  • Blog Post: Are you taking part in our new Wildsquare survey?

    The new Wildsquare survey is up and running and you have till the 31st December to go out and look for nature preparing for winter. Can you see nuts and seeds which lots of animals will be looking for themselves to eat or store over the long winter months. Berries are abundant on trees and bushes, again...
  • Blog Post: Wildsquare survey for the New Year

    The next Wildsquare survey is about Birds and their song and starts on the 1st January. We’ll be asking you to look for birds and to listen for their song. Birds don’t just sing, they make other noises too; can you hear them calling in flight or flapping their wings. We also want you to tell us what...