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  • Blog Post: What comes after CAP?

    What comes after CAP? Of all the areas of life that will be affected by Brexit, agriculture is unlikely to be the one that generates the most headlines. But it is vitally important. Not just for the food it produces but for the much wider range of wildlife, landscape and cultural benefits that...
  • Blog Post: Swifts, swiftly gone

    A few blogs ago I was writing about how short a period some of our summer migrants are with us on the reserve. Now as I haven't seen a Swift overhead at Northward Hill or Cliffe Pools for about 2/3 weeks I can safely say most have left to begin their long journey south. Seemingly one minute they’re...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful wildlife at Aberfoyle

    The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre in Aberfoyle is a five-star visitor attraction run by Forest Enterprise Scotland. It has a wildlife room - which is a joint project between Forest Enterprise Scotland and RSPB Scotland - where visitors can watch fantastic wildlife nearly every day, with webcams showing...
  • Blog Post: Gravesend Local Group visit to Cliffe Pools.

    Group Visit to Cliffe Pools Posted: 23 Aug 2016 02:13 PM PDT We knew that the black-winged stilts and the mediterranean gulls would have already left their breedings sites at Cliffe but Sally counted about 30 little egrets loafing around the edges of the pools. With the temperature just a fraction...
  • Blog Post: Toad tales

    Charlie McMurray is an intern at RSPB Scotland working on 'all nature' projects: mammals, amphibians and insects. This is her latest update on natterjack toads. By the beginning of May, the noisy natterjack toads at Mersehead were out in full force for the first time this year. Their loud...
  • Blog Post: Conversations about farming, food and nature at Countryfile Live

    Policy Officer and farming campaigner Harry Greenfield spent his first weekend of the month at Countryfile Live, taking in the show and talking to visitors about farmland wildlife, why farming is such an important part of the RSPB's work and making space for nature in a modern food system. Earlier...
  • Blog Post: Butterflies - Winging it?

    I’ve always felt that butterflies were show-offs, or maybe even a bit mad! When nearly all other flying insects try to keep a low profile, with a nice plain appearance and speedy movements, butterflies seem to waltz around doing the exact opposite. Like bits of brightly coloured paper caught...
  • Blog Post: Brexit - what does the future hold for farming?

    Posted on behalf of Senior Policy Officer Tom Lancaster We’re often told by politicians at Westminster that ‘Brexit means Brexit’; but what does Brexit actually mean, and what does it mean for farming, land use and nature? Cattle grazing in cirl bunting habitat (RSPB-images...
  • Media: Short eared owl

    Short eared owl http://www.birdmad.com
  • Media: Red throated diver 2

    Red throated diver http://www.birdmad.com
  • Media: Red throated diver

    Red throated diver
  • Blog Post: Big Wild Sleep Out

    I can't believe it's nearly a week since the B.W.S.O.! And what another success it was, this annual event at Northward Hill RSPB Reserve just goes from strength to strength, making it not only one of the best in the South-East, but possibly the Country. This is down to the sheer hard work of...
  • Blog Post: Why did the caterpillar cross the road?

    A caterpillar mystery has been solved! At the beginning of July, volunteer Neville discovered a mysterious caterpillar crossing the busway track. Unable to identify it, he contacted the Royal Entomological Society who identified the caterpillar as an emperor moth caterpillar, Saturnia pavonia. ...
  • Blog Post: A great start to the tractor list!

    June and July at Otmoor have been really busy months so apologies for the delay in updating the blog. We’re now into our tractor season so we get to see the reserve from the comfort of an air conditioned cab, which gives us some welcome relief from the relentless horseflies that are out in force...
  • Blog Post: A round up of our summer show season for 2016

    August heralds the winding down of show season for us, and this year has been as busy as ever for the agriculture team. We’ve been all over the UK to talk about nature-friendly farming, and it’s a great way for us to catch up with friends in the farming world, hear about issues and successes...
  • Blog Post: Marsh harrier fledglings at Fen Drayton Lakes!

    For the first time in nearly 8 years, marsh harriers have successfully bred at Fen Drayton Lakes. After months of watching with baited breath, two fledglings were spotted on Thursday. The marsh harriers have also been very considerate in their choice of breeding site – the fledglings can be...
  • Blog Post: Getting ready for Birdfair

    Last week I encouraged everyone to come along to Birdfair, hosted each year in August at the famous Rutland Water Nature reserve, run by our partner the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust. Directions to Birdfair can be found here . I am confident you will want enjoy every bit of Birdfair...
  • Media: Some less cyber inclined flappy things... Mating Common Blue Butterflies

    Polyommatus Icarus – AKA Common Blue Butterfly
  • Blog Post: One El'u'ver Story

    Eels are fascinating – and slippery – subjects. When lake dipping with a beaver group last week we discovered an elver. This was the first eel I had ever seen and so I decided to find out more! Firstly, eels have a fascinating life cycle. The story starts in the Sargasso Sea (interestingly...
  • Blog Post: A sea of birds

    The Scottish Government has recently put forward 10 marine sites to be officially designated as protected areas for the seabirds that use them. A public consultation is open now, to get your views about whether they need to be protected. We will be responding and asking that they are all designated as...
  • Blog Post: Farming, wildlife and Brexit

    In case you missed it - read Martin Harper's thoughts on the implications of Brexit for wildlife-friendly farming here . It's worth a read, and we'll continue to assess the implications for nature as further details become available.
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: Stoatal eclipse of the heart

    It has been a busy week at the home of Robin Hood, as plans begin to take shape for the proposed new visitor centre , I instead spent my week wandering the beaten trails taking in the dappled sunlight as summer properly emerged. Hidden among the trees, I found myself surrounded by butterflies for...
  • Blog Post: Join the RSPB at this year's Birdfair

    In one month's time tens of thousands of birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts will be flocking to Birdfair , the largest gathering of nature and bird enthusiasts in the world. It is also a meeting place for many wildlife focussed NGOs and all of the outdoor and nature associated industries –...
  • Blog Post: Giving Nature a home.

    Yesterday afternoon for the third year in a row I was lucky enough have a Hummingbird Hawkmoth visit our front garden gathering nectar from the lavender, a truly amazing moth aptly named as it flitted from frond to frond, then zoomed off. Amazing enough in itself. We have also had a Privet Hawkmoth....
  • Blog Post: Help build a new charter for trees, woods and people

    We would love you to join us in supporting the new Tree Charter, developed by our friends at The Woodland Trust. Find out why it's important, what it is and how you can help in this guest blog by Nick Phillips, Senior Policy Officer at the RSPB, helping to lead on our forestry policy work. Nick writes...