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  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: let it shine

    In celebration of the beautiful weekend weather, here's a little sunshine to start Monday morning with: There are plenty more photo's celebrating the sun on RSPB Images .
  • Blog Post: Fare thee well....

    Back in May I blogged about the return of swifts to my town. Back then, summer was just starting out: England were beating the West Indies at Lord’s, a barbeque summer was forecast and the swifts were screaming above my head whenever I ventured outside. Now the scythe-shaped birds have left my...
  • Blog Post: What time do you call this?

    As Mark mentioned in his recent blog post , the breeding season is over, migrants are preparing to leave the country and the birds around us are a-changing. Well, most birds. A pair of woodpigeons at The Lodge are bucking the trend. From our office window, we can see them flying about carrying twigs...
  • Blog Post: This weekend:...make the most of the rain

    Hands up if you’ve ever spent a rainy weekend trawling round the DIY stores? I know I have! So this weekend why not pick up a water butt? It’s an easy way to save water, giving gardeners a ready supply of water for plants during summer. They’re easy to get hold of, all the large DIY...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: pretty as a picture

    Red, yellow and blue. At primary school they’re the paints from which we make all other colours. In this photo, the red are poppies, the yellow are corn marigolds and the blue are cornflowers. In the background you can still glimpse a canvas of white daisies. When cycling around East-Anglia...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: blooming marvellous

    Are you enjoying nature's spectacle of vibrant colours and delicate flowers that are around at the moment? This beautiful photo by Sue Kennedy is just one of the many sights that you can catch a glimpse of in a park or garden near you. And if you want a real colour overload, there are plenty more...
  • Blog Post: On the move

    As we enjoy our summer holidays, spare a thought for those birds that are setting off on their travels too. Have you looked up into the skies recently? Notice something missing? The swifts have gone. No longer are they racing around in flocks over our homes, showing an impressive turn of speed and ‘screaming’...
  • Blog Post: Exotic flower-birds!

    If I close my eyes I can just about hear the lap of the ocean gently washing the beach. I can imagine my feet sinking in the sand and the wind blowing through my hair.... Sadly, the illusion shatters as soon as I open my eyes and realise it's just my office fan whooshing from side to side that's...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: take me to the beach

    Forever influenced by the weather, this week's magic moment comes from my sun fueled daydreams of being by the sea side. Although our native otter usually stays near fresh water, these tracks tell the story of one that just found the ocean too inviting to refuse, and who can blame it? This...
  • Blog Post: Wild swimming

    Wild swimming (any swimming not in an artificial pool), is an exhilarating and unique way to experience our natural places. You have to know your limits and take precautions (see this article on the UK’s Wild Swimming website ). But, some rare incidents aside, there are millions who enjoy our...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: we have lift-off!

    Have you enjoyed the sunshine we've had lately? Our butterflies certainly have, and it's great to see them making a comeback after an atrocious time last year. Our friends at Butterfly Conservation are running their Big Butterfly Count survey until 11 August, so there's still plenty of...
  • Blog Post: Summer seaside delights

    Whether you visit a sandy cove, rocky shore or seaside town, there’s always something to look out for at the seaside. However, there’s more to the beach than sandcastles, ice cream and deckchairs – here’s my top ten wildlife highlights. Plus there’s a bonus number 11...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: eating locusts

    Last week I was in the closest thing Europe has to a desert. This already feels like a distant memory, but being hit in the face by a relative of this guy - the desert locust - was not a forgettable experience. This image wasn’t taken in the desert but in Norfolk! Given that these creatures...
  • Blog Post: Life in the desert

    After a few days in the cool lush foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Southern Spain, the coastal park of Cabo de Gata felt like a hostile place to be. It is what’s called a semi-arid environment, not as dry as the Sahara, but still a desert. The only crops that can grow without a greenhouse or...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: stay away!

    This nightjar has broken its usual camouflage to bravely protect its nest from an approaching adder; our only venomous snake. It's making itself look as big as possible, and that massive mouth might just be enough to give the snake pause for thought. If you're very lucky, and near some...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: summer meadows

    July always brings a smile to my face. Okay, we're not there just yet, but my birthday is in July and I always think of lazy, hot summer days and the insects take over. It perhaps wasn't the most summery of weekends - plenty of rain here anyway. So here's a lovely summer meadow shot...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: our viper

    The unmistakable diamond-back pattern of the adder is a wonderful thing to behold. But even if you're a fan of these reptiles, when you see one there's still a part of your brain that remembers with a jolt: 'that thing's poisonous!'. With it being the only member of the viper family...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: a summer splash of colour

    The yellow on the golden oriole hits you and straight away and makes you think: that's way too bright for the UK, it would stick out like a sore thumb among our usually more (ahem) subtly coloured birds. But for the privileged few that live in or visit the right bits of England you might get to...