Notes on nature

Wildlife

Wildlife
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: 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 (www.rspb-images.com)

    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.

  • What happens when the RSPB teams up with a clothing company?

    The answer is a brand new, witty t-shirt that you’ll look great in and raises money for nature.

    British clothing company, Weird Fish recently launched a competition to come up with the best pun for an RSPB T-shirt. There were some great ideas from the competition, and these were whittled down to just three.

    One of Weird Fish’s talented artists then worked up the pun into some artwork for the shirt, and asked fans to vote for the winner.

    Here’s the winning design:

    Winning design for RSPB T-shirt

    The winner was the ‘Lord of the Wings’ design, and is now available in our online shop. £9 from each sale will go directly to us, helping our vital conservation work across the UK.

    So why not grab yourself the shirt – you’ll be looking great and our nature will benefit!

    Weird Fish are a good fit for us to partner with, as they share our love of the outdoors. Their clothes are tough, practical and a little bit different. Their witty t-shirts have become highly collectable.

    John Stockton, managing director at Weird Fish, explains: “Weird Fish makes clothes for people who enjoy nature and getting outdoors. Through partnering up with the RSPB, we’re able to make a difference to the green spaces and surrounding communities across the UK, which is something our customers care about, too.”