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  • Blog Post: Autumn at Fen Drayton Lakes

    Autumn is here! While for some the countdown is on to the start of spring (174 days, if you are interested!), I absolutely love this time of year. My jumpers are unpacked and I am l can't wait for the colourful and crisp walks that this season brings. Autumn is a great time at the reserve as well...
  • Blog Post: Late summer goodies.

    Just when we were all moaning and thinking the summer had gone until next year it came back today, so one of the interns Julian and I decided to go hoverfly hunting, now hoverflies are notoriously difficult to separate, as to the untrained eye they can all look pretty similar. The plan was to catch them...
  • Blog Post: Water vole surveys

    Yesterday I was lucky enough to spend a day out at Ouse Fen with the wardens, helping them with their annual water vole survey. Despite being widespread in the UK, water voles have been identified as one of Britain’s fastest declining mammals. There are an estimated 220,000 water voles in the...
  • Blog Post: Message from Dr Mike Clark CEO RSPB

    Last week was a good week for the work of the RSPB. Last Wednesday, in collaboration with more than 50 other organisations, we successfully completed the first phase of launching the State of Nature 2016 reports. The reports set out how species are faring, the main factors affecting populations...
  • Blog Post: The State of Nature 2016

    As many people will be aware the State of Nature report was published this week and as expected again made interesting but difficult reading. Here are some of the facts and issues contained there-in:- Working side-by-side, over 50 wildlife organisations have compiled a stock take of all our native...
  • Blog Post: Art at the Reserve

    Throughout this year, three artists have been taking part in the first ever artists-in-residence programme on RSPB reserves in Scotland. The scheme, which was funded by the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities, allowed artists studying for PHDs in Scotland to work with different organisations...
  • Blog Post: The parasitic plant that relies on fungus for food

    A particularly unusual plant called yellow bird’s nest has been found growing at RSPB Scotland’s Skinflats reserve, which sits on the edge of the River Forth. This is only the fourth time that it has been seen in Scotland since 2000 and all of the previous records were at sites near Glasgow...
  • Blog Post: Connecting with Edinburgh’s Green Spaces

    Welcome to the Edinburgh Giving Nature a Home project (GNaH). We’re delighted that we are able to carry out the work we are doing in such a beautiful and green city. What both Laura Copley (Schools Outreach Project Officer) and myself (Amber Jenkins, Community Green space Officer) have noticed...
  • Blog Post: Even more 'Much Harriers on the Marsh'.

    What a brilliant breeding season it's been for these fantastic and iconic birds of prey as they were once known, now generally called raptors! So! Nature conservation is not all doom and gloom, Turtle doves declining by 91% in the last 10 years so many species in decline etc etc. Life will always...
  • Blog Post: Meet our Hide Guides - Graham Vernon Volunteer

    Hi! My name is Graham Vernon ( No relation to the football pools Ha! Ha! ) I have been a volunteer now for about three months and I am only 74 years young. I first went to RSPB Sandwell Valley in Tanhouse Ave, Great Barr about four months ago even though I have lived near by for about three years...
  • Blog Post: The colours of the North Kent Marshes RSPB reserves.

    With the breeding season all but over and the kids back to school next week it's incredible to ponder how quickly the year goes, but the sun is still shining and there's still time to enjoy the wonderful sights of the natural world here at RSPB Northward Hil and RSPB Cliffe Pools. To emphasise...
  • Blog Post: Meet Jake - Sandwell Valley's youngest volunteer!

    Hello, my name is Jake,I am 7 years old and have been a regular visitor to RSPB Sandwell Valley for about 4 years. Jake in his RSPB uniform - with his binoculars of course! My dad is a volunteer for the RSPB & works with the children’s group Sandwell Swans which I go to with...
  • Blog Post: Surveying kittiwakes: how times have changed at Sumburgh Head

    Paul Walton is RSPB Scotland’s Head of Habitats and Species. He recently made a visit to the kittiwake colony at Sumburgh Head, Shetland, that he surveyed in the 1990s. In this blog he writes about this visit and what he discovered about the colony on his return trip. If you love seabirds as much...
  • 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...
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  • 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...