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  • Blog Post: Adding that personal touch

    Is it just us or does everything seem to be personalised these days? From having your name written on your coffee cup by your local barista to being able to do your shopping online on a virtual mannequin that looks like your doppelgänger, everything is customised and tailored to our needs. Here...
  • Blog Post: Insects on the wing

    With the much more pleasant weather now upon us (though the rain clouds are looming as I write this), I've been enjoying getting out more and more. Recently this week, I spent some time in a small grassy patch along a footpath to capture some images of the blue bells now that they are starting to...
  • Blog Post: Young Birders

    A lot of people may find it easy to believe that bird watching as well as other observations of the natural world) and the conservation efforts that go with it, is a field that is dominated by the older generations. On Wednesday I got to attend a young birders workshop arranged by A Focus On Nature,...
  • Blog Post: Things to Look Forward to.

    For me, this week got off to a great start. I found out that I have been accepted onto an internship with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust that is due to start this summer. I’ll be spending 4 to 6 weeks helping to organise and build their image library, working with the other staff on the islands...
  • Blog Post: Your Emails 2

    Continuing along the theme of last weeks blog post, I will be featuring more emails from our readers as there are so many great questions, images and stories to share! Your Questions This week, I've decided to choose a question that I've had come in a few times here at Natures Home magazine...
  • Blog Post: Your Emails

    This week in the blog, I’ll be catching you all up with some of the emails that I receive regarding everything from wildlife stories, identification help, and the questions and photographs that you all send in to the team here at Natures Home magazine. I love this part of what I do with the RSPB...
  • Blog Post: Groundhog Day!

    The Thames Estuary is an incredible place for wildlife and it has some of the rarest bugs and beasties in the UK aswell as being one of the most important migration routes in the country for hundreds of thousands of birds. It is a highly developed area with some great examples of sustainable development...
  • Blog Post: A Rekindled Love of Bird Watching.

    For the past three years now, I have always considered myself a wildlife photographer first and foremost. When someone asks what I do I always answer with “I’m a wildlife photographer”, but it seems that I have forgotten exactly why and how I came to do what I do in the first place...
  • Blog Post: Big Garden Birdwatch

    This past week has been a bit quieter for myself. Last weekend meant I got to get involved with the Big Garden Birdwatch, counting a total of 43 birds in my garden in the space of an hour. It’s interesting how simply watching what goes on in your garden for an hour can give you a little insight...
  • Blog Post: Let me introduce myself...

    Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and that you are all looking forward to the New Year. Welcome to my new blog series for the RSPB, over the course of which I will be discussing all things to do with our British wildlife. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Edward (Ed) Marshall...
  • Blog Post: Last night nature helped protect us from the storm

    Lotte Large, RSPB Futurescape Officer, East of England In the aftermath of the highest storm surge since the Great Flood of 1953, communities are now taking stock of the damage to our eastern coastline. As people assess the damage to their homes and businesses, our staff have been doing the same with...
  • Blog Post: Incoming!

    My name is James Shooter and I have been volunteering at RSPB Birds Magazine as an editorial assistant for the past couple of months. If you've written into the magazine recently, chances are I've responded to you (along with fellow volunteer Roger Bardell). I really enjoy reading through...
  • 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: Step up and help nature... volunteer for the RSPB

    Since I was 15 years old I have been a volunteer – you name it, I've done it (almost). From helping toads cross the road, assisting Guide Dog training, to health-checking cattle, I have spent much of the last 4 years helping animals as a volunteer. Although sometimes hard work, dirty and smelly...
  • Blog Post: One good deed ...

    Life is full of small, good deeds. I’m a firm believer that it’s the small things that genuinely make a big difference; A smile to a stranger. A cup of tea for your best friend. A packed lunch for your loved one. It’s these little details that might just turn your mundane Monday morning...
  • Blog Post: SUSTAINABLE SEVERN – MAKING THE MOST OF THE ESTUARY

    Tony Whitehead, RSPB South West Regional Office With the DECC Minister Greg Barker saying yesterday that it’s not at all realistic that a Severn Barrage Bill will come before parliament this term we think now is the ideal time for everyone to take stock and look anew at generating power from...
  • Blog Post: TORY MP IN ‘A SPIN’ OVER WIND TURBINE COMMENTS

    Chris Heaton-Harris MP is ‘clearly in a spin’ over windfarms after he was filmed covertly by Greenpeace. In his latest anti-environment faux pas, he claims to have been hassling the RSPB ‘because they’ve been crap’ [on wind farm policy]. Commenting on the MP’s...
  • Blog Post: Smart measuring

    Sarah Alsbury, RSPB Environmental Management manager Buildings, or more accurately what goes on inside them, are responsible globally for close to half of human produced greenhouse gas emissions. Although buildings could be seen as half the problem we should not feel disheartened, as there are many...
  • Blog Post: Declining Slavonian grebes - is climate change playing a role?

    Steven Ewing, RSPB Senior Conservation Scientist At this time of year, most of our Slavonian grebes will be sitting on their nests, carefully concealed within emergent loch-side vegetation, patiently incubating their clutches of eggs. Slavonian grebes are without doubt one of the UK’s most enchanting...
  • Blog Post: A day in the life... Bonn talks draw towards close

    John Lanchbery, RSPB Principal Climate Change Advisor, at the Bonn UNFCCC conference Thursday and a warm, humid morning breaks over the climate change talks in Bonn. Up early to ensure that I am sufficiently alert to chair the daily NGO 'political coordination' at nine. Catch the local...
  • Blog Post: If climate change is starting to sound like a broken record...

    If you want the latest global climate statistics, here they are. Last year was the ninth warmest on record, says the World Meteorological Organisation’s statement on global climate for 2012 . At 0.45°C above the 1961-90 average, it’s the 27th consecutive year above the long term average...
  • Blog Post: State of Nature and climate change

    State of Nature , a scientific collaboration of 25 UK conservation organisations, saying that our species are in already trouble, my thoughts turned to consider how climate change might be part of that. Especially when this UK report follows a recent global study , suggesting that more than half of common...
  • Blog Post: First day in a new job

    Hello, I've started my new job as Conservation Director of the RSPB today. I feel lucky to be doing a job that I love with a bunch of brilliant people around me. My challenge is simple: to try to protect and build on Mark Avery's legacy and do more to look after the millions of species...
  • Blog Post: A first! An ASBO to protect nature... part 2

    Further to my earlier blog today, here is a personal take on the ASBO from one of our brilliant investigators, Mark Thomas. He boarded the tube carrying a small pizza box, a rather normal looking man in the midst of East London. He was wearing dark, almost military clothing and carrying a small shoulder...
  • Blog Post: About me...

    As a first post, I thought an introduction to me, my interests and life before the RSPB might be helpful so here goes... My passion for wildlife was stimulated in my teenage years, mainly thanks to my Mum (a biology teacher) who made me look at the world differently and being inspired by writers such...