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  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: time to take off

    Did you see Life Story on BBC1 last week? The cliff-jumping barnacle goslings were unforgettable (if you missed it, you can catch up on iPlayer )! Those geese were filmed on their mountainous breeding grounds in Greenland. Barnacle geese from Greenland migrate to spend winter with us in western Scotland...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: otter winters

    The reserve at the end of my road reported the exciting news of an otter sighting recently. An undeniably charismatic species, I confess without shame to have tried (in vain) to find it in my local water bodies. This image captures what I imagine that moment would look like: a magical scene...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: winter fishing

    Winter has struggled to turn up so far but today, as an icy fog hangs over the fields, it fells like it's finally arrived. While lots of mammals take the sensible strategy of hibernating through these cold months, there's no rest for most of us including this industrious kingfisher. ...
  • Blog Post: Amphibians in winter

    Amphibians are some of our most primitive land animals to own a backbone. Unfortunately for them one of their primitive traits is an inability to regulate body temperature which means that in the UK they have to take action before it gets freezing cold! The best way to do this is to hibernate or...
  • Blog Post: Give us back our birds!

    Regular Notes on Nature readers will probably be building up quite a good picture of the birds we see from our window here, with the webcam feeder stationed outside. Great spotted woodpeckers , magpies and grey wagtails have all featured recently, however today it’s more a case of what we didn’t...
  • 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: Why fat is a bird's best friend

    We humans are constantly bombarded with messages that Fat Is Bad. It's less lard, more olive oil these days. And rightly so, much of the time. Now that many of us live rather sedentary lives, sitting around in heated offices and houses, fat isn't as important for us as it once was. For birds...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...natural decorations

    Add that extra sparkle to your home and show-off your creativity and skills to friends and family this weekend. Nature has an abundance of materials that with little effort can be transformed into unique decorations. Over a couple of quick lunchtime walks around the The Lodge this week, I've...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: reflections

    Katie's post on Friday reminded me how beautiful winter can be. And when I saw this gorgeous image of Snowdon by Guy Rogers I just knew I had to share it with you. You can find more stunning winter photos on RSPB Images .
  • Blog Post: This weekend... help birds stay warm

    ... not by knitting them little woolly hats and scarves, but by giving them some food and water. The weather forecast is looking chilly for the weekend for much of the UK (as I write this it's minus 4 Celsius in sunny Sandy - pretty tough for us soft southerners). So it's even more important...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Christmas: 24

    Hurray! It's 1 December, snow is falling and Christmas in on the ho-ho-horizon. To get in the spirit, we're starting this virtual advent calendar - 24 posts counting down the days to Christmas and celebrating the beauty of nature in winter. Join us every day as we open another calendar door to...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... down by the water

    With temperatures set to stay below freezing for some time to come, it might seem a good idea to sit it out indoors. But if you wrap up warm and venture outside, the icy weather may bring some surprises. The big freeze makes life difficult for many waterbirds. Bad news for them, but it can bring us...
  • Blog Post: Cold, hungry birds? You can help!

    The past few weeks have been tough. The weather's made our lives difficult, but it's been even tougher for our birds and wildlife. So it's a good job that we can do our bit to help. I've been trudging up my snowy garden to feed the birds every morning - before feeding myself, of course...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: lighting up the night

    The moon. Last night it looked particularly amazing - big, bright and low enough in the sky that it seemed as if I only had to stand on tiptoes to reach it. In fact, it looked a little like this beautiful image by David Tipling: There are plenty more images like this over on RSPB Images ...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Christmas: 22

    We thought it was time we gave you a chance to share your photos with us… This is just one of a beautiful selection of 'snowscapes' on our Community landscape gallery . Please click through and share yours with us too.
  • Blog Post: This weekend…share your festive feast

    Winter is challenging enough for birds at the best of times, but the recent freezing conditions are making things even tougher. So, instead of throwing your leftovers away, why not leave a Christmas treat out for the birds? Many festive favourites can provide much needed (and as we all know...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: all of the colour but none of the bang

    It's gone Bonfire Night and all is quiet. And even though I don't particularly miss all the bangs that go with exploding fireworks, I do miss the amazing show of colours. That's why I really like this image from Chris O'Reilly - it could be the afterglow of a particualrly big firework...
  • Blog Post: Time for a huddle?

    A cold, arctic wind is heading towards us this weekend. So, whilst we can all dust off the winter coats, dig out the scarf and gloves (hopefully finding a matching pair, although if you're anything like me you'll end up with two left handed ones!), what can the birds and wildlife do? Well...
  • Blog Post: Nature facts Christmas quiz: Answers

    Many of you got in touch with the correct answers to our Christmas quiz . The five lucky winners of Birds - Their Hidden World can be viewed on our main site . If any of you answered with a niggling sense of doubt, here are the official answers to all fifteen questions: 1 ) Robin. In fact this...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Christmas: 23

    Natural Christmas decorations photo credit: freeimages.co.uk Ever tried scouring your local park for fallen pine cones? They make excellent natural Christmas decorations if taken home and left to dry out. Create a simple but elegant table decoration by scattering them around church candles...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: cheeky chappie

    I don't think there's much else I can add to this cute photo of a robin by Mark Sisson except to say that I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas.
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: putting on a display

    I saw this image of a displaying male goldeneye , taken by Graham Eaton, and just had to share it! I feel that it really captures the energy the males put into attracting the ladies! This medium-sized diving duck can be found all over the UK at the moment, lakes and reservoirs are favourite...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...a change of scenery

    The journey home for Christmas. For some it might only be a tube ride or short commute from the office, but many will be migrating across the UK for the winter hols. When travelling it always strikes me how varied our habitats are, even between next-door counties, almost every one has some unique...
  • Blog Post: Do you have a Swede in your garden?

    It’s all too easy to take some birds for granted. It could be robins , starlings , chaffinches , blue tits , dunnocks - whatever it is that you see all the time. Then, something happens that makes you think ‘oh! Perhaps I should look a bit more carefully next time I see one’. Recently...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Christmas: 21

    For those of us not snowed in, there’s still time to get out and enjoy flocking starlings . Here are some top spots to get out and witness this wildlife spectacle for yourselves. Photo credit: David Kjaer (rspb-images.com) Brighton Pier Ham Wall Saltholme Newport Wetlands Leighton...