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  • Blog Post: Poster: Recent sightings, 9th - 20th May 2016

  • 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: Weekly update 20th May

    The reserve is alive with the sights, sounds and smells of summer! All we need now is the hot, cloudless days to go with it. Swifts, swallows, sand martins and hobbies all race through the air above our heads as we walk the trail. Our gorgeous yellow flag iris is out now attracting a variety of bees...
  • 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: Early May sightings

    2nd May. Rained during the morning. Sunshine and showers after lunch. Male Bullfinch put in an appearance to brighten up the day . . . . . . with a female close behind. MP reported: " 70 Black-tailed Godwits viewable from the hide - a bit distant but looking superb despite the...
  • Forum Thread: HELP! URGENT! Coot/Moorhen eggs! How to incubate?

    There is a lake in my garden and lots of ducks, coots and moorhens have settled to breed. There are around 12 mallard ducklings already, which have been adopted by a coot funnily enough. They are living on a floating duck house we got a few years ago. The mother duck keeps going back there to try and...
  • Blog Post: Dungeness update 13th May

    Today our eyes and ears of the reserve scouted a black necked grebe showing breeding behaviour on Burrowes pit and a red kite flying over Denge Marsh. I was out on the reserve today, checking our trails and hides. I was lucky enough to spot a sedge warbler and had fantastic views of common and black...
  • 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: Enjoyable walk on the farm - 1st May 2016

    In spite of continuing inclement weather, the temperature is improving gradually. Today was a point in case: rain all morning and drizzle most of the afternoon! Birds didn't seem to mind however, and were out in force. A strong SW wind was blowing but the Lonning hedges provided good shelter and...
  • 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: Crofting and conservation - celebrating 50 years of a very special partnership

    This year, the RSPB celebrates 50 years of giving nature a home on the Balranald reserve in North Uist. Bringing together an important partnership between crofting and conservation, read more from RSPB Scotland's Stuart Taylor here Machair habitat on RSPB Balranald (image: Chris Gomersall,...
  • Blog Post: A Dawn Chorus Experience

    Well well well! This May's Dawn chorus got off to a flying start with 56 different species seen and heard throughout the reserve. For those bold enough to brave the early start, the walk was a fantastic opportunity for people such as myself to brush up on their bird song! The walk began with some...
  • Blog Post: Unravelling what is needed to save the ring ouzel

    Guest blog by Dr. Innes Sim Conservation Scientist at the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science Why are ring ouzels declining? The ring ouzel, sometimes known as the ‘upland blackbird’, is a species of thrush which breeds in the UK uplands and winters largely in North Africa. It’s...
  • 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...
  • Forum Thread: Jahangirnagar University-A haven for birds

    Jahangirnagar University that is situated in Savar,about 25 Kilometers from Dhaka,the capital of Bangladesh.Being so close to the capital,many city dwellers visit this place on weekends,to see migrating birds.Many species of Birds visit this place during winter. Gargeney,lesser whistling duck,Indian...
  • Media: Tufted duck male

    A male tufted duck finally came close enough for clear shot at Leighton Moss.
  • Forum Thread: Heron with din din

    Herons have this 'thing' I noticed, when they have seen you looking at them they stay totally still. If you don't take your eyes off them they will stay put until they feel you are not looking at them, when they really make a run for it. We've seen this one at Leigthon Moss fishing...
  • Media: Starling perched

    Shot in Athens, Greece sometime back but it is one of the photos I like most.
  • Media: Heron's lunch

    A grey heron has just caught a triton and is about to eat it, at RSPB Leighton Moss..
  • Blog Post: Poster: Recent sightings - Week ending 29th April 2016

  • Forum Reply: RE: WHAT'S ONE OF THE BEST UNEXPECTED WILDLIFE SURPRISES THAT'S HAPPENED TO YOU ?

    Lots of really happy moments for me. I think one that stands out is the story of George the storklet. About 4 years ago we visited Lake Kerkini in Greece to photograph pelicans and other birds (this place is a paradise for birders). We were there in August and most of the storks had left for their big...
  • Forum Reply: RE: BLACKBIRD LOVING A BATH

    Thanks Marina l love the Blackbirds they are so pretty with there strong yellow band round there eyes, yes your right they do seem to prefer running water, l use to have a normal saucer shaped one and hardly no birds went near it, but soon has l got this one really started coming, and with the cupped...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Where are our foxes?

    Here it is, thanks to Alan. What I think is the lad of the pair finishing off a roast chicken. Yas, if you try this, I strongly suggest cutting the chicken to pieces. Here is a funny story for you: first time I left the chicken whole so the fox took it and went off to eat it in peace! Had the laugh of...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Only Ladies take a Bath?

    It's funny you said that about blackbirds loving your bath, l've only had this one come this week,has you may have seen the video,there seem to go down the longer part of the garden where l have a man made stream a bit worried to go too near the house. yas