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  • Blog Post: Escape to the outside

    Here at The Lodge we've been shrouded in thick cloud for the past few days. Whatever time of day you look outside, the sky is the same. Grey. Gloomy. Depressing. We haven't seen the sun for what feels like weeks... Too much time spent at your desk is a bad thing, so I escaped for some fresh air...
  • Blog Post: Why getting up early is great

    You either love early mornings or you hate 'em. It's a bit of both for me, I think. But Sunday was International Dawn Chorus Day - a great reason to get up early. Trust me, the hardest part is always when the alarm goes off and you think 'Mmmm, I think I'll just close my eyes for five...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... see the singers

    It feels like it's been cold, grey and gloomy outside for months now. When will it end? To me, hibernation seems like an increasingly attractive option... But as I gaze out of the office window into the murk, there's a little voice of optimism coming from the hazel tree by the gate. For...
  • Blog Post: In the mood for a song?

    This morning - grey, sleety and cold - I heard my first song thrush of the year as I drove to work. What a way to start the day. If I'd had time, I would have stopped to listen... it's one of my favourite bird songs. Yesterday I heard a wisp of half-hearted blackbird song, coming from high...
  • Blog Post: Catch the chorus

    Dawn in spring is a cacophony of noise. Our resident birds tune up for the day ahead, proclaiming their territories and warning off rivals. It’s well worth getting up early out of your warm, cosy bed. But can you tell your blackbird from your blackcap? If not, to get you started in the wonderful...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...find a summertime songster

    Perhaps the very epitome of spring birdsong, the humble nightingale has been inspiring poets, writers and anyone who hears its sweet, uplifting song for centuries. Including me. Related to the robin, nightingales lack the red breast of its cousin, but makes up for it with lovely rufousy back, head...
  • Blog Post: Name that tune

    Spring is here: the days are definitely getting longer. I can tell because when I get home from work, I can find the keyhole in my front door without having to get a torch out. Birds have noticed, too. Open a window just about anywhere, anytime, at the moment and your ears will be assailed with the glorious...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...listen up!

    We're not all early birds, but at this time of year I would seriously suggest that those among us who prefer a few extra hours of duvet-snuggling make an exception. For one thing, the light at this time of day can be absolutely beautiful: But enough of lovely morning shots, because...
  • Blog Post: A song for spring

    The snow is thick on the ground and a hat, scarf and gloves are essential outdoor wear, but one step outside shows that spring is definitely on the way. The birds are finding their voices. It’s slow progress, but listen out and you’ll pick out more and more new songs as the days and weeks...
  • Blog Post: The joys of spring

    I've been feeling funny lately, and I wasn't sure why. Then, after giving it much thought, I decided on a likely cause. The joys of spring. I first heard of 'the joys of spring' as a child when watching that well-known '80s cartoon, Willo the Wisp. The one with Kenneth Williams as...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...use your ears

    When you next get a second, stick your head out the nearest window (or door!) and listen. If you live near a busy road it might take you a moment to adjust your ears, but listen carefully and you'll hear the beginnings of spring. At the moment, it's mainly an incoherent chatter and twitter...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... see it's (nearly) spring!

    A few weeks back, I suggested you listen (and look out) for birds starting to sing . My tip for this weekend is to look out for other signs of spring . With snowdrops poking their heads up and daffodil leaves breaking free of the soil, there's no doubt that spring is very nearly here. Hooray! ...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...find a springtime songster

    Perhaps the very epitome of spring birdsong, the humble nightingale has been inspiring poets, writers and anyone who hears its sweet, uplifting song for centuries. Including me. Related to the robin, nightingales lack the red breast of its cousin, but makes up for it with lovely rufousy back, head...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... listen to the sunrise symphony

    This Sunday is International Dawn Chorus Day , an annual celebration of the beauty of birdsong. To mark the occasion we’re running lots of special guided dawn chorus events at our reserves up and down the country. To get the full effect you’ll need to set your alarm alarmingly early, but...
  • Blog Post: A spring in my step

    I suffer from the winter blues from time to time, but yesterday I heard a sound that showed that spring is not far away. I love seeing our winter wildlife - particularly those birds that come here as refugees from the northern winter - and am a big fan of frosty mornings, but winter just doesn’t...
  • Blog Post: Are you looking at my bird?

    The Monday morning calm was shattered by one of those moments that come along every once in a while to test the ‘manhood’ of us males. I was walking through my village with my girlfriend Laura, heading for the bus stop to catch the bus to work when a soft, but clear ‘wolf whistle’...