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  • 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
  • Media: Short Eared preparing to dive on prey

    I have now noted the flight path of this owl on North Yorkshire's Moors and enjoy watching and trying to capture its movements.
  • Blog Post: Dewch i archwilio'r awyr agored yng Nghaerdydd

    I ddarllen y blog yma yn Saesneg cliciwch yma os gwelwch yn dda Enillwch flwyddyn o atgofion teuluol llawn hwyl gyda Ditectifs Bywyd Gwyllt Caerdydd, clwb bywyd gwyllt mwyaf cyffrous y ddinas. Yn gweithredu o’i bencadlys yn Forest Farm, Caerdydd, mae’r clwb yn rhoi’r cyfle i chi...
  • Blog Post: Come and investigate Cardiff's great outdoors

    To read this blog in Welsh, please click here Win a year of fun-filled family memories and be a part of the Cardiff Wildlife Detectives, the city’s most exciting wildlife club! Operating out of its headquarters at Forest Farm the club gives you and your family the chance to get your hands...
  • Blog Post: Please be a voice for nature in the run up to the Scottish Elections

    Please be a voice for nature in the run up to the Scottish Elections Egret feathers in a hat (photo credit: RSPB, rspb-images.com) Over 120 years ago, our organisation came into existence when sixteen feisty Victorian ladies campaigned against the killing of exotic birds to trim fashionable...
  • Blog Post: Swallows, Blackcaps and Chiffchaff.

    One swallow does not a summer make, an idiom used since the time of Aristotle, nearly two and a half thousand years ago. It is still with a twinge of excitment the first sighting in April of the steely blue and cream streak gives us. It does foretell of sunny days. Until the mysteries of migration were...
  • Blog Post: RSPB Scotland opens new visitor hub at Loch Lomond

    Jenny Tweedie from RSPB Scotland gives us an update on the new visitor hub launching at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond this spring. RSPB Scotland opens new visitor hub at Loch Lomond RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond launched its new visitor hub this spring, almost four years after the land was purchased...
  • Blog Post: Community Project 2016 - Give Sandwell Nature a Home

    Giving Sandwell Nature a Home- What’s this all about then? Giving Sandwell Nature A Home is this year’s exciting community project from RSPB Sandwell Valley about enhancing wildlife in an urban space and giving everyone in Sandwell the chance to experience...
  • Blog Post: The Origin and Achievements of the Community Forum.

    So how did we get here then? For those of you who have visited Sandwell Valley for years, you may fondly remember our old visitor centre, and perhaps the less-fond memories of us losing it. Sadly, in 2010 the visitor centre suffered fire damage that rendered it unusable to visitors, volunteers and staff...
  • Blog Post: Frogs, logs and hairy dogs.

    About now as the weather slowly warms up Common frogs are rousing from hibernation and making their way to their home pond. this beautiful green female is in a pond in nearby Strood along with 43 others, they have been there for the last three weeks as has their frogs spawn. They are not however the...
  • Blog Post: Making Space for Nature – Progress in the Edinburgh Phoenix Group Wildlife Garden

    You might remember last year we asked for your support to help the Edinburgh RSPB Phoenix Group raise enough money to create their wildlife garden. The group are back with this brilliant update on where that money has gone and all the impressive work they’ve carried out with it to help give nature...
  • Blog Post: No, no Egrets....

    As it's Easter weekend and a time of celebration, I thought it would be good to celebrate the Royal Society for the Prorotection of Birds and remember our history and where we came from and why we are such a powerful voice for nature. History-wise in a nutshell, a handfull of late Victorian ladies...
  • Blog Post: A year in the life of the corn buntings on Lower Pertwood Farm: Part 2 - Autumn and Winter

    Yesterday we took a virtual wander though spring and summer on Lower Pertwood Farm , and the challenges and opportunities faced by the important population of corn buntings on the farm. You can read it here if you missed it. Today, we head through autumn and into winter to find out how the farm management...
  • Blog Post: A year in the life of the corn bunting on Lower Pertwood Farm Part 1 - Spring and Summer

    As we welcome the official start of spring and all its wildlife glory, we'll be looking through the eyes of the corn bunting over the next couple of days, courtesy of some dedicated effort by farmers and RSPB staff in the South West of England. Today, we focus on spring and summer, but look out for...
  • Blog Post: Spring has sprung........

    ........the grass has ris, I wonder where them birdies is? Well there are 'birdies aplenty at Northward Hill rspb reserve and over at rspb Cliffe Pools. Tomorrow is the first day of Spring. Put simply it is known as the vernal equinox and is all about the Earths' relation to the Sun...