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  • Blog Post: Vote for Britain's National Bird

    I'm sure you've seen in the national media or on social media that a new vote has been launched this week to choose Britain's National Bird. The last time such a vote was held, in the 1960s, the robin was chosen, but it has never been officially recognised as such. More recently, in the 1990s...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: among the blossom

    As Kevin mentioned last week , spring is just about here - or very close. Yesterday I saw my first blackthorn blossom of the year. It was a cold, windy day, but seeing a few buds bursting reminded me of what's to come. I've read some reports of long-tailed tits starting to build their nests...
  • Forum Thread: Can anyone identify a bird by my description - please!!

    Hello. I am very new to the world of birds and bird watching. I live in Suffolk in a village. I recently saw a bird that I have never seen before in the garden and was actually taken aback by its size, I saw it again last week, so only seen it twice - with a month in between visits. I didn't have...
  • Media: Chough 1 by Hayley Baker

    Male 'Mousetrap' chough on sunflower seed feeder at South Stack
  • Media: Chough 5 by Hayley Baker

    Male 'Mousetrap' chough on sunflower seed feeder at South Stack
  • Media: Chough 4 by Hayley Baker

    Male 'Mousetrap' chough on sunflower seed feeder at South Stack
  • Media: Chough 3 by Hayley Baker

    Male 'Mousetrap' chough on sunflower seed feeder at South Stack
  • Media: Chough 2 by Hayley Baker

    Male 'Mousetrap' chough on sunflower seed feeder at South Stack
  • Forum Thread: Is there hope for this young woodpigeon?

    Hi everyone! Could you please take a look at this poor fellow and let me know if there's anything I can do to help! I've been feeding lots of birds on my balcony, smaller ones have their own hanging feeders; since the beginning of this Winter there've been up to 13 woodpigeons feeding...
  • Forum Thread: Can you please identify these birds?

    I was participating in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch when I saw this pair of birds at the end of my garden. They were about 150 feet away from where I was standing. Can you tell me what they are please?
  • Blog Post: Big Garden Birdwatch – Dramatis Personae (Part Two)

    The week of the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch is upon us! There is still time to register online for this weekend’s survey. Click the link at the bottom of this blog to get involved. Around half a million people across the UK took part in 2014 – with over 22,500 taking part...
  • Blog Post: Big Garden Birdwatch – Dramatis Personae (Part One)

    It’s that time of year again! The last of the turkey has been put in the freezer, ready for a turkey curry at some time in the future. The decorations have been put back up the attic for another year. The last few After Eight mints have been consumed over the weekend, and your body is readjusting...
  • Forum Thread: How long do homemade fat balls keep?

    Hi, I want to make some homemade fat balls as Christmas presents but am very new to this so have a few questions. I plan to use biscuit cutters to mould them into pretty shapes like hearts and stars, to hang with string. Do I refridgerate for about a day? Then would lard set hard enough to be able to...
  • Forum Thread: How close can bird boxes be?

    At the start of the year (2014) i put up a bird box with a video camera in it, we now have a blue tit in it every night (its Nov), I was hoping to put up more but i don't know how close i can put them, i don't want to push the current blue tit out, but i live in a four plex ( i have a neighbour...
  • Forum Thread: House Sparrows Roost Destroyed

    A large colony of house sparrows has been roosting for years in a a couple of large conifers trees a few gardens down from me. During the day, they frequently come into my garden for food and to sit in a small tree and my hedge. I'm concerned to see that the large conifers in which they roost are...
  • Forum Thread: Birding and twitching

    Hi, My name is Holly, and I’m studying Product Design at The Glasgow School of Art, in Scotland. Our project at the moment, 'Fringe' is looking into sub-cultures. We have to choose a ‘fringe’ group that is often ignored by mainstream design. The aim of the project is to design a product or...
  • Forum Thread: school project

    Hi everyone, I am doing an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) for A-level, and I would like to design a product that would aid the conservation of wildlife, in particular, birds. Can anyone think of any problems that come up in the conservation of wildlife, that could use a product to help the problem...
  • Forum Thread: Birds of the north

    We moved north from Surrey to Northumberland 2 years' ago, leaving a garden with a large bird contingent. The bird table and multiple feeders came with us and were some of the first things to be installed. At first, it was slow, but within a week or so the tits started feeding (blue, great, cole...
  • Media: Great Tit on a stick

    Taken at Lochwinnoch RSPB centre
  • Media: long tail tit

    the cotswolds
  • Forum Thread: House Martin nests

    Hi. I'm new to the forum, so forgive me if I'm asking a question already answered somewhere. We have had, for the past few years, a small but growing colony of House Martins nesting in my workshop - now about 5 nests. Sadly, in the interests of a healthy working environment and to preserve my...
  • Blog Post: Autumn- What's about Portmore Lough

    Autumn is the transitional period between summer and winter and is a period of glutany for most animals. Known as harvest season for both animals and humans a like, autumn is when most crops, vegetables, fruit and berries will be harvested eaten or stored for consumption later in the year. Migration...
  • Media: Wheatear.

    Wheatear at RSPB Mearsehead.
  • Media: Sand Martins

    Sand Martins at Barons Haugh RSPB.What a lucky shot.
  • Media: Mute Swan vs Whopper Swan

    Whopper Swan being chased through LochWinnoch