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  • Blog Post: Wintery Wildlife Tips

    Winter is a beautiful time of year. With all the fallen leaves, muddy puddles, bare trees and holly berries there is so much natural beauty to draw us outside. So what are you waiting for? Wrap up warm and head out for an explore! Busy exploring! – David Tipling (RSPB-images) Below...
  • Blog Post: 'Twelve Coombes wildlife highlights of Christmas'... The Final Countdown!

    The Twelve Coombes wildlife highlights of Christmas! Get ready for our final Christmas countdown blog... ...four holly trees... Holly is a true icon of Christmas. We use it to decorate our homes during winter, but I wonder how many of us actually know why? Well there are loads of superstitious...
  • Blog Post: Twelve Coombes wildlife highlights of Christmas... continued!

    � Ready for the second installment of Twelve Coombes wildlife highlights? Here we go...! ...eight shrews ashrinking... Shrews can’t hibernate. Their small body size, and the fact they need to eat every 2-3 hours, mean they wouldn’t be able to take on big enough fat reserves. So instead...
  • Blog Post: Winter tree-tastic treats!

    Trees. Where WOULD we be without them? They act like our constant guardians absorbing CO 2 to provide us with the clean air we breathe. They quietly sit and watch as generations go by. They can live for hundreds of years, solving their own problems and adapting to the environment around them. I often...
  • Blog Post: Red planets and stars on the woodland floor!

    Strange and wondrous things grow in our woods. Some more obvious than others. It is so easy to simply walk past without ever really understanding what something is or how it came to be. Some things are just so well camouflaged we just simply don’t see. And some we get so used to seeing we forget...
  • Blog Post: September and October events

    Due to a few technical hitches at Rye Meads HQ, you may not be aware of all the events that are coming up at the reserve over the next few months. All will be corrected and amended on the website asap but in the meantime I thought I'd give you a quick rundown for your diaries! This Saturday...
  • Blog Post: A Bird Feeding Garden

    This is the second of two blogs featuring RSPB Mersehead by Juliet Robertson. A trained primary school teacher and former head teacher, Juliet Robertson is one of Scotland’s leading education consultants in the field of outdoor learning. She is passionate about enabling schools and early years...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife round-up

    It's been another typically autumnal week on the wildlife front at Strumpshaw Fen, possibly with a hint of winter. Bitterns have been showing daily around the reserve, with an impressive 3 together at the fen hide today. Otters and kingfishers have also put in daily appearances. The biggest surprise...
  • Blog Post: Autumn colours with Essex libraries

    The approach and onset of Autumn brings with it great splashes of colour as the leaves change from greens to a blaze of reds, oranges, yellows and so many mixtures of shades in-between. Along with this change of colour come changes in wildlife as it needs to prepare itself for winter. What a rich...
  • Blog Post: Starlings starting to gather!

    Starlings by David Kjaer (rspb-images.com) At this time of year dark clouds begin to form in the sky above fields, woodlands and reedbeds. But these are no ordinary clouds - they're one of the UK's most incredible wildlife spectacles. Throughout the autumn and winter months, hundreds of...
  • Blog Post: Preparing for winter

    The new Wildsquare survey runs until the 31 st December and is called ‘Preparing for winter’. It's an ideal activity to participate in with your children, class or group and y ou can do the survey wherever you like - in a garden, park, playground or out on a walk with your family. ...
  • Blog Post: Winter is coming

    What with the cold, the wind and the hour change this weekend, I reckon we’re all of the same mind: time to get out the winter layers. The wildlife activity on the reserve over the last couple of weeks confirms that we’re drawing into the final stage of the year. Now my fingers have warmed...
  • Forum Reply: Re: MYSTERY FUNGI QUIZ #1

    No, I stay away from anything that looks like a fungus, too dangerous to pick a poisonous one and off you go .. with a gift from a whitch. And the Pink Panther: alone at home he stayed, on his piano he played, suddenly wondered who was that lady knocking at his door, it's been so long he can't...
  • Forum Thread: What's your favourite season?

    We have a bit of split opinion in the office about this, what do you all think and why? Poll below and feel free to illustrate your opinion with pictures and comments! What's your favourite season? Spring (50%) Summer (16.7%) Autumn (33.3%) Winter (0%) Total Votes: 24
  • Blog Post: Can we beat the record this year?

    Well with a bit of careful management here and there we will give it a good go... So what am I talking about I hear you ask? Over the last couple of winters our wildfowl numbers have been on the increase. Since 2009 our peak teal count has risen from just over 900...
  • Blog Post: Euphoria for all

    The unbridled joy of witnessing night after night of national pride, the full frontal exposure to the best of humanity, has left me wanting more. As a confirmed curmudgeon I do not normally indulge my tribal side, but I was lifted-up and carried along on the shoulders of giants as the Olympics and...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings - 14-21 November

    Last week of November starts tomorrow and we can feel the winter drawing nearer and nearer with every day. Mornings and evenings are dark and gloomy, and the rest of the day is not much brighter, especially when low clouds are shrouding the entire area. But if you think it’s not worth to visit...
  • Blog Post: Brilliant Bramblings

    As the days have become shorter and colder, migrants and uncommon birds have started to appear at RSPB Lochwinnoch, but bramblings have been one of the most exciting winter arrivals so far. Brambling (photo by Dean Bricknell) Bramblings are very striking birds and members of the finch...
  • Blog Post: Finch frenzy!

    I've just returned to the office from Nagshead and have to share the wildlife spectacle that I have just witnessed. First let me set the scene, it was rotten earlier today with heavy rain and strong winds, but this afternoon the wind dropped and the sky cleared, the low sun lighting up the yellows...
  • Blog Post: Winter birds and volunteer work parties

    Many of our winter birds have already arrived, with two Bramblings , eight Fieldfares and 30 Redwings seen at Nagshead today! The Bramblings were feeding on Beech mast with three Hawfinches and a small flock of Chaffinches along the main forestry track between Campbell Hide and the heath area. Redwings...
  • Forum Thread: What is your favourite time of year to visit RSPB Ynys-hir?

    Spring, summer, autumn or winter, they all have something different to offer at Ynys-hir: Winter is the time when Ynys-hir offers you the only chance in Wales and England of seeing Greenland white fronted geese. Pretty barnacle geese are also here along with large flocks of lapwing, and lots of...
  • Media: Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

    Taken at Clayhill Copse, Burgefield, Berkshire
  • Media: Spoonbills Surprised

    Spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia) in flight. Poole Harbour, Dorset, UK. 18/11/11. The appearance of a marsh harrier briefly put these birds to flight before they settled again nearby. (Taken from the Middlebere side of the channel. Also visible from Arne)
  • Media: Avocets Outbound

    Avocets (Recurvirostra avosetta) in flight. Poole Harbour, Dorset, UK. From the Middlebere side of the channel.
  • Media: Avocet Split II

    Avocets (Recurvirostra avocetta) in flight (montage). Poole Harbour, Dorset, UK. From NT hide.