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: washing is fun!

    Happy Monday everybody!

    Here's a picture of a kittiwake enjoying itself - I hope it brings as big a smile to your face as it does to mine!


    Taken by Andrew Parkinson, it shows a kittiwake having a very over-exuberant wash! Normally you see images of these dainty gulls gracefully patrolling cliff faces, or surveying the sea below, but this one shows a different side!

    It's one of thousands of photos on RSPB Images. Why not take a look and see a different side to your favourite species?

  • Monday's magic moment: bear in the woods

    I saw a bear at the weekend, it was great.

    Granted it was at Whipsnade zoo and I was safely on the right side of the fence but given that the brown bear (Ursos arctos), as this was, used to live in England what I liked most about seeing this animal, was that the woodland habitat in its enclosure was probably not too dissimilar to its natural setting.

    The same couldn't be said for the lions and tigers, but bears... yes.

    Brown bear in Finland by Edwin Kats (

    This reminded me of a TED talk I saw last year about re-wilding. This is the interesting idea of reintroducing the big, charismatic animals that used to live here like, wolf, lynx and bison.

    Sounds scary to think of going for a stroll with the possibility of a bear encounter, but these animals are so cool I would happily support some trials to bring them back to the UK and make our countryside that much more interesting.

    This image was taken in Finland by Edwin Kats, excellent job!

  • Monday's magic moment: on your marks...

    Sparrows. Everywhere, aren't they?

    They've come out on top in the Big Garden Birdwatch results again, and the ones in my new garden appear to be doing their best to keep their species top of the charts!

    I've just moved house and one of the first things I've done is give it a little clean and freshen up. The sparrows that frequent the garden, feeders and surrounding areas are doing the same.

    I've watched them all weekend carrying grass, feathers and twigs around - it's more interesting than cleaning, after all! They're clearly building a cosy nest ready for raising this years chicks.

    And the spring weather has clearly spurred some of the other birds on too. This morning I spied the local starlings doing the same, obviously not wanting to be left behind! I imagine the chaffinches and blackbirds won't be far behind.

    Have you seen any birds getting ready to nest this spring?

    House sparrow carrying nest material (Image by Mike Lane (

    This house sparrow carrying nesting material was snapped by Mike Lane and is one of thousands from RSPB Images, our online photo library. Take a look and fill yourself with the joys of spring!