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: Out of the grass...

    I've got a question for you.

    Have you ever walked through a meadow, and seen a small brown bird erupt out of the grass in front of you and fly off? Yes? Well that happened to me a lot yesterday.

    I was out at Orfordness - a shingly slice of Suffolk's varied coastline. A former cold war nuclear testing site, it's long since been abandoned to nature. In amongst the rusting metal, sprawling brambles and shifting sands, meadow pipits make their home.

    I wasn't looking for meadow pipits per se, but there were certainly plenty of these little guys about. So, here's a picture of one in flight. As, let's face it, they're normally up and away before you get a chance to see them!

    Meadow pipit in flight. Photo by Richard Revels (

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  • Monday's magic moment: barn owl or badminton

    When out for an after work jog on my local nature reserve, Fen Drayton, I was treated to the sight of a ghostly white face floating silently over the fields. 

    It was of course a barn owl and it was great to see this beautiful animal hunting so close to where I live.

    The spectacle lasted about half an hour and I watched it successfully dispatch a large mouse and then sit on a post devouring it. The experience was well worth the mosquito bites accumulated while I stood gawking.

    barn owl hunting by Steve Knell for

    This image not only captures a hunting barn owl in action but its profile looks amazingly like a badminton shuttle-cock, don't you think? It made me smile anyway.

    The credit goes to Steve Knell for this one. always have an amazing image whatever I search for, so why not have a look yourself? 

  • Monday's magic moment: juggling with fruit

    Can you do this with a blackberry? 

    Our hedgerows are laden with fruit, especially blackberries, and it's not just humans who are making the most of the crop. Birds like starlings love blackberries too, so watch out for flocks roaming the countryside in search of food. 

    (you can tell this bird is a youngster because of its tell-tale brown head, though it's grown the rest of its smart, spotty 'adult' feathers)

    This fab photo was taken by Richard Brooks and is part of our RSPB Images photo library.