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: 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.

  • Tuesday's magic moment: levitating acorn

    How was your long weekend?

    Saturday and Sunday were good  for me, whilst Monday was seriously damp in my neck of the woods. So I thought a splash of colour could cheer you up on another wet day. And I hope you won't mind if it's dry where you are!

    Here's a jay looking like it has mastered the art of levitation. Not for it flying down to the ground and picking up acorns! It certainly brought a smile to my face!

    Jay. Photo by Chris O'Reilly (

    This image is by Chris O'Reilly and is from our online catalogue at RSPB Images. Take a look and see if you can find something to make you smile!

  • Monday's magic moment: the struggle of one red squirrel

    Today for some unknown reason I felt like writing a post featuring our most charismatic tree dwelling rodent, the red squirrel.

    Red squirrel by Steve Knell

    Precariously balanced and clinging onto the edge, this picture seemed like a metaphor for the whole species (and lots of other wildlife for that matter).

    But obviously it's also a very nice picture. Another cracking job for by Steve Knell.