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: beach birds

    Last week I enjoyed some special Monday moments at Titchwell Marsh nature reserve, on the north Norfolk coast. The scrapes and marshes were filled with birds, and the beach - which I had virtually to myself - was littered with thousands (maybe millions?) of razor clam shells. 

    At the water's edge, a beautiful black-bellied grey plover picked at the sand, while oystercatchers and godwits probed for shellfish and other hidden goodies. 

    But my real 'magic moment' came when a wheatear popped up among the World War II remnants of bricks and concrete. This charming bird - between a robin and blackbird in size - might have hatched in a nest somewhere in the UK's uplands. Or it might have flown from Scandinavia, Iceland, or even as far away as Greenland! It will continue its journey south to spend winter in Africa. Migration is magical and it's happening all around us right now!

    • This photo was taken by David Norton and comes from our own photo library, RSPB Images. Browse to find more breathtaking photos like this (you can order a print or canvas of any of them).
  • Get your wildlife adventure started this September

    September is a month of great change for wildlife. As summer begins to make way for autumn the nature around us adapts to its changing surroundings. We’ve got some great ways for you to discover more of the wildlife close to you this month. No matter your budget, there’s nature waiting out there for you.

    The Great British Wildlife Hunt

    Accept the challenge and discover wildlife across the UK. Score points for every species you see as this book helps you learn where to go, when to go and what to look for.

    RSPB Ultimate Easy-clean® seed feeder

    Take a look at our new and innovative Ultimate Easy-clean® seed feeder. The modern, fresh design will also look great in your garden, and especially wonderful when your garden's birds are queuing up to take a perch.  Brilliantly made and easy to clean, these feeders are fantastic for helping all manner of garden birds.

    Frogilo frog and toad shelter

    Give a home to the awesome amphibians. The last froglets and toadlets of the year are just making their way out of the pond in early September and begin to feed to prepare for the winter ahead. The frogilo is ideal to help these amphibians shelter from the elements.

    Hedgehog kit

    Young hedgehogs start to step out on their own in September, looking for new territories. Why not help give them the perfect start to their new found independence with the hedgehog kit? With a great home and an easy meal to start them off they’ll be prepared for anything.

    Magenta Bat 4 bat detector

    September is one of the best months to go looking for bats. As the nights start to get longer, the mating season begins. Try using this bat detector and see if you can pick up any of the purrs, clicks, and buzzing of the males as they use special calls to try and attract females.

    Birdcam wildlife camera

    The ideal gadget for catching glimpses of the shyer visitors to your garden. Find out what goes on in your garden when you’re not there, as this great camera takes still images and videos of that hard to glimpse wildlife.

    RSPB Avocet 8x42 binoculars

    The perfect tools for birdwatching. Whether you're going to a reserve or enjoying the last good weather of summer in your garden, our 8x42 optics will come in handy. These will help give you a brilliant up-close view, making it easy to pick out identifying features of birds. And they're ideal for looking for those rare birds coming to our shores soon in autumn migration.

    Special offer

    Grab your kit and start a wildlife adventure, and if you’re quick there’s free delivery when you spend £25 before 8 September. Quote ENEWS4 in your online basket or over the phone.

    Terms and conditions

    Offer ends 8 September 2016. Not available with any other code-driven offers. Free delivery is not available on our personalised or made-to-order gifts. Free delivery to standard UK addresses only.

  • Monday‚Äôs Magic Moment:Newt-on's fourth law - water is where the wild things are

    As anybody who has seen Blue Planet can attest, there are few things more fascinating than the underwater world.

    But these wonders aren't confined to the tropical seas and oceans, there are incredible ecosystems at work right in your back yard.

    If you haven't already, give making a pond in your back garden a go, it can bring all sorts of benefits to wildlife,

    But the best bit about any pond, is the little creatures you find there, grab a net or shallow tub and see what wonders you can find,

    That's what I got up to this weekend where I came face-to-face with one of these little beauties, the smooth newt. 

    These fantastic little amphibians are our most common species of newt, but don't wait around to find them, they start hibernating in mid-October

    There's all sorts to find in a pond though as the watery world plays host to shrimps, beetles, snails and tiny tiny creatures you might need a microscope to find!

    While you're waiting for your pond to gather life why not check out your local reserves, tonnes of them have pond dipping sessions going on throughout summer or if you can't make that head to the beach and give rock pooling a go!

    This photo was taken by Ray Kennedy and comes from our own photo library, RSPB Images. Browse to find more breathtaking photos like this (you can order a print or canvas if any takes your fancy).