Notes on nature


We're about more than just birds (though obviously we like them a lot).

Notes on nature

We love nature... from every little bug on a blade of grass to birds, butterflies, otters and oaks!
  • Monday's magic moment: motherly love

    It's not just us humans who appreciate our mums, as this gorgeous photo of a grey seal and her pup shows.

    But we're the only species who have a special day to express our love, and with Mother's Day fast approaching, don't forget to send a card!

    If you're spending some time with your mum this weekend, our reserves make great days out at this time of year, and some have cafes serving delicious food (including yummy cake).

    It's probably too late for this year, but prints or canvases of beautiful photos like this one by the super-talented Ben Hall make great presents. Check out RSPB Images to find one you love. 

  • Monday's magic moment: among the blossom

    As Kevin mentioned last week, spring is just about here - or very close. Yesterday I saw my first blackthorn blossom of the year. It was a cold, windy day, but seeing a few buds bursting reminded me of what's to come. 

    I've read some reports of long-tailed tits starting to build their nests. Blackthorn bushes are great places for them to raise a family, as the twigs have huge thorns (as the name suggests). The blossom can provide a source of nectar for early-emerging butterflies (have you seen one yet?), and in autumn the fruits - sloes, popular with birds and humans alike - ripen. 

    Browse RSPB Images to find gorgeous nature photos like this one. You can order a print or canvas of any one that takes your fancy!

  • Monday's magic moment: Is spring on its way?

    You could be forgiven for thinking that today as the weak winter sun beats down outside.

    For our grey herons though, spring is here! Well, the breeding season anyway. 

    They are one of our earliest breeding species, and you can often see them at this time of year adding to their huge nests. High up in tall trees, you might be lucky enough to see them in your local park. Keep an eye out for the punk rock hairstyle of the youngsters though!

    Grey heron in flight with twigs. Photo by Richard Revels (

    Have you seen any early breeding species yet this year? Let me know by commenting on this post.

    The image above by Richard Revels is one of thousands from RSPB Images. Take a look and find something that will make you smile this spring.