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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife watch at dusk

    Summer is an amazing time to visit Leighton Moss at any time of day. We are open dawn to dusk so visitors can experience the reserve "out of hours" even when the visitor centre is closed. During August we are also running a series of guided walks at dusk and here's why I can't wait...
  • Forum Thread: Possibly a mistle thrush??

    Just sat outside on patio this morning and got a couple of shots (not perfect) of a possible mistle thrush? I'm new to identifying some birds so if I've got it wrong my apologies xx
  • Media: Pink Grasshopper

    My partner moved our boys trampoline in the garden today to find a pink grasshopper taking refuge underneath. He moved onto our son's toy truck before going back on the ground and going on his way. Very special find for us and the boys. Found in Stamford, Lincolnshire.
  • Blog Post: Poster - Week ending 22nd July 2016

  • 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 official 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: Some highlights -12th to 30th June 2016.

    A rural scene across the Buttercup meadows.. As the warm weather continued, although with some rainfall, young birds and butterflies were very much in evidence on the Reserve. Young Tree Sparrows, Chaffinches, Blue; Great and Coal Tits were numerous. Greenfinch (3 juvs), Bullfinch(3 juvs), Robins...
  • Blog Post: The M4 diversion across the Gwent Levels – Where is it at, and what are we doing next?

    Guest blog by Mike Webb, RSPB Cymru Senior Policy Officer It’s been a few weeks of dramatic politics and the conservation team have been busy considering what Brexit could mean for the Welsh Environment (see more here ). But rest assured, the M4 motorway diversion campaign is still a high priority...
  • 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: Butterflies by the bucket load

    What amazing weather we have had this weekend! And it isn't just me that has been appreciating the sunshine - Fen Drayton Lakes is bustling with butterflies! There are 56 different species in Britain and Ireland but there are 250,000 species around the world. They are found in nearly all terrestrial...
  • Blog Post: Poster - Lily Pool, 16th July 2016

  • 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: It's a small world

    Being out and about on the reserve doesn’t mean always having to look for birds. Look down and around and there’s usually something moving about whether it’s crickets, ladybirds, bees, butterflies or bettles. Black and yellow longhorn beetle by Kate Thorpe Lesser stag beetle...
  • Forum Thread: Melodic magpie song?

    Hi all, I heard a rich, melodic bird call in our garden today. It almost sounded like a blackbird, but when I looked up to where the call was coming from, I saw a magpie, probably a young one. Bird guides often refer to the typical clacking, clattering magpie call. Just wondering if anyone else has...
  • 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...
  • Media: Red Kite overhead

    Since I moved house in May last year we have had a family of Red Kite fly over the house just about every day. This month I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a second hand telephoto zoom lens to finally capture a good clear shot of one of them. Mission accomplished I think.
  • Blog Post: Aliens in Bedfordshire?

    Last week I thought I’d found evidence that aliens existed. Walking round the gardens at The Lodge, at lunchtime, I came to a large pond where a number of people were gathered. They were peering at something at the water’s edge; some were taking pictures. Elbowing my way to the front, I saw...
  • Blog Post: Nature needs us to do more to cope with climate change

    Different news on climate change: a new climate risk assessment for the UK is published today, by the Committee on Climate Change. Yes, it’s rather gloomy reading – yet also a spur to action. There’s a lot that we can do to avert the worst of the problems, we just need to get on with...
  • Media: Egrets at RSPB Burton Mere

    Beautiful Egrets in the trees at Burton Mere
  • Media: Spoonbills at Burton Mere

    Beautiful Spoonbills at RSPB Burton Mere
  • Blog Post: Gamebird hunting: why we’re supporting calls ­for it to be regulated

    The Scottish Raptor Study Group has recently lodged a petition with the Scottish Parliament calling for a licensing system to be introduced for gamebird hunting in Scotland. We, at RSPB Scotland, fully support it and we’d like you to support it too. Read our blog to find out why we think it’s...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: Is your town a hog haven?

    Ever thought of swapping your 9-5 to become a hedgehog championer? As reported in several news outlets last week, Suffolk Wildlife Trust is looking to recruit a ‘hedgehog officer’. As the ‘face of hedgehog conservation’, the chosen candidate will strive to make Ipswich –...