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  • Blog Post: Moving forests

    I’m a fan of a good tree. Any tree that draws attention will do, but a few nice ones are forest beech - smooth barked and massive, common oak - the classic ancient tree (a saying goes ‘they take 300 years to grow, 300 years to live and 300 years to die’) and scots pine - towering over...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: nature at any time

    In my opinion, nature at night doesn't get celebrated enough ( Big Wild Sleepout , aside). I guess that with our limited ability to see much in detail once the sun sets, it can be easy to fall into the trap that not much happens. But even taking some time out to appreciate a setting sun can...
  • Blog Post: What's the weather doing to our reserves?

    Now we all know that if there’s one thing us Brits like to talk about it’s the weather! So just what is going on this year? We’ve seen parts of the UK in drought and other parts in flood. But what does it all mean for our wildlife? We asked reserve staff up and down the UK what it...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... combine nature with shopping

    Leave the crowds behind and head to one of our wonderful reserve shops. There you can get your nature fix and still go Christmas shopping! Here’s three family-friendly reserves to try: Let’s start with Minsmere ... Nestled on the Suffolk coast, this expanse of woodland, reedbed and...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... enjoy summer wildlife with us

    This weekend the days are long so there is more time to make the most of them - and we can help! Many of our nature reserves have fun events organised this weekend - we'd love to see you. Everyone is wellcome - you don't have to be a nature expert. We'll show you the best bits of summer...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... go wild

    This weekend, when you've visited friends and family or had your fill of chocolate eggs, why not stretch your legs on one of our glorious nature reserves ? There are loads to choose from, from peaceful beaches to urban oases to tranquil woodlands. We're celebrating Easter in a variety of...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... enjoy one of nature's great spectacles

    It’s easy to forget that you don’t have to travel halfway around the world, to somewhere like the Serengeti, to see an amazing wildlife spectacle. At this time of year, there is little to rival the raucous clamour of a breeding seabird colony - and the UK plays host to some of the world’s...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: moody Monday

    I love this image by Mike Read , looking across a flooded field at Ynys-hir nature reserve - the soon-to-be star of Springwatch 2011! He's definitely captured the moody side of the reserve, but to me that's what makes this image so striking and beautiful. Check out some more moody images...
  • Blog Post: Go seal watching with us

    There are two species of seal that breed in the UK – the common seal and the grey seal. They might look awkward on land, lolling on beaches and flapping their flippers, but in the water these animals are like ballerinas, gracefully twisting, turning and dancing through bubbles. Here are six scintillating...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...have a hoot with owls

    This is a great time of year to see and hear owls. You've got a good chance of seeing owls on many of our reserves - check out this list to see if there's a good place near you. If you live near Saltholme reserve (close to Stockton), you can drop into their owl watch between 11am and 2pm on...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...keep fit by avoiding the gym

    If you made any new year resolutions, chances are they will have included one of the following: Get fit or do more exercise Lose weight Spend more time with friends or family And that, my friends, is where we come in. In 2011, we bring to you our state-of-the-art, all-purpose outdoor gyms...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...look out for butterflies

    RSPB nature reserves aren’t just great for birds. Amongst the mammals, insects, reptiles and arachnids, over the years we’ve recorded a grand total of 57 species of butterflies – that’s most of those recorded in the UK. Save Our Butterflies Week Butterflies are amazing creatures...
  • Blog Post: Get the lowdown on seals

    I admit: I’m no expert on seals. Like you, I know what they look like, I mean I’ve seen quite a few, mainly as a kid on my annual seaside holiday to North Norfolk. But I don’t really know much about them. Sound familiar? So, come with me on a journey as I delve deeper into their mysterious...
  • 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: We're on Google Street View!

    You've probably heard about Google Street View , where you can take a 'virtual journey' and explore 360-degree images. But once you've looked up your house, checked who was down your street .and looked to see where your cat was , where else should you go? The good news is that you...
  • Blog Post: This weekend: join the big butterfly count

    The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey running from Saturday until July 31st. The charity Butterfly Conservation is asking everyone to spend 15 minutes counting butterflies and moths in the sunshine. They provide everything you need on their website . What a perfect excuse to head out into your...
  • Blog Post: Ten ways to get involved with the RSPB

    Do you know all the ways you get involved with the RSPB? We’re loads more than just the Big Garden Birdwatch – honestly! Here’s 10 ways to get you started, many of them you can do at home... 1. Create a home for wildlife Why not turn your garden into your very own nature reserve...
  • Blog Post: This weekend....things to look forward to

    Our Friday posts are usually all about getting out and about. But as it's the last day of 2010, I thought I'd share with you our top five things to look forward to next year (and which I'm sure you'll be hearing lots more about on this blog). Big Garden Birdwatch kicks off the new...