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  • Blog Post: Inspiring our future conservationists

    Blogger: Agnes Rothon Can you remember what it was that inspired you to do the job that you do today or the job that you did throughout your working life? I can remember mine and I revisited it quite by accident the other day. I was clearing out the spare room – the drawers at the bottom...
  • Blog Post: Volunteering has got me closer to nature

    Studying BSc Ecology at UEA and volunteering in the RSPB’s communications team are completely different, yet so similar – the bottom line being conservation, conservation, conservation. The past year, I have not only had the closest nature experiences of my life, but have learnt why conserving...
  • Blog Post: A new home for glow worms

    Blogger - Agnes Rothon The good news is that another creature, the glow worm, has decided to call RSPB Lakenheath Fen nature reserve its home. My first experience of glow worms came when reading Roald Dahl’s classic novel James and the Giant Peach as a boy - one of the creatures that James...
  • Blog Post: Go get your adventure boots on!

    When i was a young girl, my summer holidays were longed for. We would dream about those hot summer days in the depths of winter and when they finally came round, the freedom was overwhelming. No school for 6 weeks! Only now that i’m an adult does it dawn on me how tough summer holidays can be for...
  • Blog Post: All things bright and beautiful.

    Blogger - Aggie Rothon We set out in a rush to take the dog for a walk this morning. Time had run away with us and my little boy hadn’t even strapped his school shoes on when we left the house. I gave him a piggy back instead and he chattered away in my ear as we strode out towards the field...
  • Blog Post: terning life on its head

    Blogger - Erica Howe, Communications Manager I am a self-confessed list girl. I make lists for all kinds of things. My day at work, food shopping, chores, going on holiday. Post-it notes are now a handbag staple. This then becomes a pretty futile exercise because I have so many of them that I don't...
  • Blog Post: The Great Escape!

    I walked into work this morning fresh with thoughts about a new year, a new calendar and new adventures. It’s amazing how therapeutic a clean slate is. It’s the 2 January and heading back to work feels the same, but different! It’s funny how we take to a new year, with renewed enthusiasm...
  • Blog Post: I spy with my little eye...

    Blogger: Erica Howe, Communications Manager Last Sunday was very much like most other Sunday mornings in our house. Alarm ringing out at 6am and a mad dash out of the house. Sandwiches made, energy drinks prepared, book packed, bike kit in the boot, sat nav programmed in and a big cup of tea for the...
  • Blog Post: Autumn days when the grass is jewelled ....

    It was the summer equinox over the weekend, on the 22 September. It is a time of year that makes me feel both happy and sad at the same time. The sun, pitched perfectly against a clean, crisp, blue sky, watching down on us from its highest position gives me a real boost. A natural energy shot! But, at...
  • Blog Post: Searching for stonies

    Blogger: Aggie Rothon, Communications Officer If winter is great grey waves bellowing against the cold shingle of the Norfolk coast then summer is Breckland. Crisp heaths baked yellow by a clear sky. Heather growing red and purple by the side of bare paths and gorse pods crackling open in the heat...
  • Blog Post: The nature business

    Blogger: Kate Blincoe, Communications Manager Look out of your window. The catkins are swaying in the spring breeze, the blue tit is hunting out caterpillars for its young family and an early bumblebee buzzes by. Nature is busy all around us. What if pound signs were flashing over all these...
  • Blog Post: Lovely Jubilee!

    Blogger: Erica Howe, Communications Officer I was swiftly bumped back down to reality last week with the post bank-holiday blues as I sat at my computer watching the emails slowly clogging up. The grey Wednesday morning drizzle wasn’t doing too much to lift my spirits and i was already wondering...
  • Blog Post: The owner of chewing gum tentacles and alimentary protuberance goes to...

    Blogger: Aggie Rothon, Communications Officer It was my birthday in the week and I had an unexpectedly marvellous day. I was taking the dog for a walk around the footpaths of Worstead. As we neared the end of our route we ambled past a girl pruning the hedge of a neat cottage. It was raining but still...
  • Blog Post: Don't get yourself in a knot, be part of something bigger

    Blogger: Erica Howe, Communications Manager Perhaps David Cameron should take some tips from our very own Paul Lambert. Norwich City hasn’t exactly had an easy time over the last few years. It takes a lot to bounce back from a losing streak, to get your head into gear and stay positive. Next...
  • Blog Post: Natural, traditional and udderly wonderful!

    Blogger - Aggie Rothon, Communications Officer I have fallen in love with keeping chickens. They are quirky, personality filled creatures and I can fill hours in a day watching them. We now have five in total, including Colin the cockerel, but with the cold weather and drawn in nights we still have...
  • Blog Post: Slowly slowly catch a monkey

    Blogger: Aggie Rothon, Communications Officer Apparently we as a nation put on, on average, five pounds over Christmas. That’s quite impressive, even taking in to account the super size me tins of Quality Street sold everywhere pre-Christmas. The BBC seems to have taken this bit of information...
  • Blog Post: Another year older and another year ... more terrified!

    Blogger - Erica Howe: Communications Officer, RSPB I’m going to let you into a secret. It was my birthday on Saturday. I suppose it’s not really a secret at all, not with the world of social media. I don’t think that there are many things that you can keep under your hat nowadays...
  • Blog Post: The World of Jacob

    Blogger: Erica Howe, Communications Manager When I graduated from university, some 6 years ago, I didn’t have a clue what to do with my life really. I went to university in London, but staying there for the long haul was never really an option for me. I love Norfolk too much and simply couldn’t...
  • Blog Post: Get hip this autumn

    Blogger: Aggie Rothon, Communications Officer Do you need an aga to make decent jam? Since my recent acquisition of a very simple guide to making preserves, my kitchen has become akin to Willy Wonka’s factory. Giant copper-bottomed pans, strange metal funnels, a wooden spoon that I protect vehemently;...
  • Blog Post: What is a "Sea Gull" to me?

    Blogger: Erica Howe, Communications Manager “If I had a gun, i’d shoot them” was one of the comments I got whilst talking about gulls on BBC Radio Norfolk earlier this week! Needless to say, my mouth fell open and I instantly wanted to defend the plight of our sea-side town inhabitants...
  • Blog Post: Hen harriers dropping like flies

    Blogger: Erica Howe, Communications Manager We reported on some rather shocking news this week. The hen harrier is the bird most likely to become extinct in England because of human pressure. I’ve only ever seen a hen harrier once; on a visit to RSPB Titchwell Marsh last Christmas. As I stood...
  • Blog Post: Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou ...

    Blogger - Erica Howe, Communications Manager What’s in a name? Ok so that’s a bit of a cliché, but it’s certainly a true sentiment in this instance. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is a great name, a name that we all know and love, but really, in all honesty...
  • Blog Post: Why I love Copenhagan

    That’s it – I'm going to to learn Danish. On a sliding scale, how easy do you think that will be? I gave it some thought last night and noted the pros and cons. Amongst the pros: 1) some Danish words sound remarkably like our own; mor means mum. 2) the Danish language seems to...
  • Blog Post: From fresh cream to Fibonacci

    Blogger: Aggie Rothon, Communications Officer We were house sitting over the weekend and I was fascinated by the higgledy piggeldy melange of pictures that hung on the walls. A simple line drawing of a whooper swan in full flight. A copy of Constable’s hay wain showing a bulbous steel grey...
  • Blog Post: A Falling Star

    Blogger: Kate Blincoe, Communications Manager The number crunching has been done and the eagerly awaited results have been announced. The nation wants to know what it means to them. No, not the budget! I mean the annual stock take of our birds; the results of Big Garden Birdwatch 2012 are just out...