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  • Blog Post: Mini beasts

    Hoverflies. Although these brightly-coloured insects look like bees or wasps, they are in fact true flies and do not sting. Hoverflies are excellent examples of one insect looking like another insect. They generally mimic bees and wasps – insects that sting and also taste unpleasant, so are...
  • Blog Post: Nature-friendly farming brings its own rewards: A focus on the Ouse Washes

    May is one of my favourite months of the year - spring is in full swing, 50% of the weekends have an extra day in them, and the days are getting noticeably warmer and longer. For wildlife-friendly farmers, it's a great opportunity to see and hear the benefits of their hard work as birds start to...
  • Blog Post: The ins and outs of willow weaving....

    Weave some magic at RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes nature reserve For people looking to try something different this summer, RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes is hosting a willow weaving workshop on their lakeside reserve. This workshop, run by RSPB volunteer Alan Morris, is the perfect introduction to the addictive...
  • Blog Post: Kelly Tolhursts' visit to Northward Hill RSPB

    The nightingale has be gun another breeding season in Kent – but for how long? After having spent winter in Africa, one of our most beloved songbirds, the iconic nightingale, has returned to spend the summer in Kent. They were welcomed home by Nightingale Species Champion Kelly Tolhurst MP at...
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  • Blog Post: Walking at Northward Hill

    This weeks' blog is a little delayed as I was going to wait for an RSPB press release jointly with Kelly Tolhursts office. For those of you who aren't aware Kelly is the MP for Rochester and Strood. She has recently agreed to be Species Champion for Nightingales which is fantastic news for the...
  • Blog Post: My Connecting People and Nature Internship - Jenny Stevens

    Jenny Stevens - My Connecting People and Nature Internship RSPB Sandwell Valley is special. Really special. It’s a little piece of green and blue heaven wedged between Birmingham, West Bromwich and motorway. I feel super lucky to have been part of this unique place, that sees the...
  • Blog Post: Five facts you should know about nuthatches

    Five facts you should know about nuthatches Nuthatches were once restricted largely to south-eastern England but, during the 20th century, they started spreading north. Nuthatches started breeding regularly in Scotland only in 1989. If you have them visiting your garden, or you've seen them at...
  • Blog Post: Cardiff’s feathered friends – what they’re up to in May

    Guest blog by Gareth Stamp, City of Cardiff Council Park Ranger With the longer days and warmer weather, birds really only have one thing on their minds –finding their true love. Birds tend to be distracted at this time of year as they show off and argue with one another as they attract a mate...
  • Blog Post: Notes on nature: Rover and out

    Last month, you may remember that we told you all about a pair of robins that had decided to build their nest inside the dashboard of a vintage Land Rover. Well, like a proud father, I'm happy to report that the plucky pair successfully fledged five chicks from the interior of the fully-functional...
  • Blog Post: Snakes, lizards and turtles (doves that is!)

    Grass snakes are reasonably common round the reserve and can be seen near any body of water beaking around for its favourite food especially abundant at this time, small fish, newts. tadpoles and frogs. It is the countries largest snake growing up to 1.5 metres, but more usually 90cms or 3 foot as we...
  • Blog Post: Calamitous chorusing

    Charlie McMurray is an intern at RSPB Scotland working on 'all nature' projects: mammals, amphibians and insects. Here is her latest blog on natterjack toads from RSPB Scotland Mersehead. Calamitous chorusing It’s time! April not only brought showers to Scotland, but also lured...
  • Blog Post: How did nature do in the elections?

    The election results are in and the new MSPs are gathering in Holyrood. How did nature and the environment do? They didn’t grab the headlines, but in numerous hustings across Scotland organised by RSPB Scotland, Environment Link and our partners, candidates were put through their paces. The Hustings...
  • Blog Post: Unusual visitor pops in to Lochwinnoch

    How often to do you get to see something new, that you’ve never laid eyes on before? During migration, in spring and autumn, rare or unusual birds are occasionally blown off course and can turn up in places you just wouldn’t expect. One such visitor has recently appeared at our Lochwinnoch...
  • Blog Post: What to do if you find an 'abandoned' young bird

    It's common in spring and summer to find young birds sitting on the ground or hopping about without any sign of their parents. But what do you do if you come across one? You might have experienced it yourself. Coming home after walking the dog, you find a confused-looking baby house sparrow...
  • Blog Post: Turtle Doves

    We have been asking local residents on the Hoo Peninsula to send us their records of turtle dove to give us vital data on numbers in North Kent. We have heard from a few people now, but sadly all the sightings are of collared doves rather than turtle doves. There are some key differences in their appearance...
  • Blog Post: International Dawn Chorus Day at Fen Drayton Lakes

    The saying 'the early bird catches the worm' was definitely true on our dawn chorus walk yesterday. As soon as I drove onto the reserve and saw the mist over the river and the sky turning from black to pink and orange, I decided the 3am alarm was definitely worthwhile! As I arrived in the...
  • Blog Post: Northward Hills' hill and a shady past.

    The hill of Northward Hill RSPB Reserve dominates the marsh and affords fantastic views over to the River Thames and beyond to Essex. In the distance towards the river can be seen the old disused pub, Shade House seemingly in the middle of nowhere and not the sort of place you would take the family...
  • Blog Post: Lodge Hill and the Nightingales, update.

    What’s happening at Lodge Hill? Written by Stephanie Landymore, Parliamenary Caampaigns Officer. Last year, nightingales were added to the UK red list of endangered birds for the first time; after the last census revealed there are now fewer than 6,000 singing males in our country, a shocking...
  • Blog Post: Bonkers for Bats: Guest blog by Stacey Baldwin, Community Volunteer Officer, RSPB Cymru

    At the end of March Giving Nature a Home (GNAH) in Cardiff hosted its very first Bat Walk evening; a chance to find out more about some of Cardiff’s more elusive creatures. Despite the mist that had descended during the day, the first part of the evening saw a mighty group gather together at...
  • Blog Post: If it's broken, fix it!

    Image: Shepherding black-faced sheep at Kinnabus (rspb-images.com) That is just what the Scottish Food Coalition would like to see for our current food system. This coalition is supported by organisations from across the environmental, health, social justice and farming sectors including the RSPB...
  • Blog Post: Come and join in all the fun on Funday - this Saturday!

  • Blog Post: It’s a time of change on Scotland’s cliffs

    Kirsty Nutt explains why now is a perfect time to get out and enjoy Scotland’s seabird cities. It’s a time of change on Scotland’s cliffs The clocks have sprung forward; the evenings are getting lighter and the days warmer. Spring is definitely on its way. And with the shift of...
  • Blog Post: Spring Funday and spring on the reserve!

    Blogs are like buses.. there's none for ages and then they all come along at once! Anyway, just realised we have a few things to tell you about so here we go: First and foremost.. Next Saturday (16th April) is our Big Spring Funday! The day runs from 10 am - 4 pm and there will be plenty to see...
  • Media: Anthus pratensis

    Meadow Pipit takes a breather! Taken yesterday evening. If labelled incorrectly please advise me. Thanks