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: 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.

  • Monday's magic moment: a quick dip

    For frogs, the recent weekend of cloud and rain was probably quite pleasant, provided they weren't washed away! But when things dry out even small garden water features can be a lifeline to amphibians, not to mention somewhere for thirsty birds to have a drink. 

    frog in pond by Ray Kennedy for

    I really like this small but effective garden water feature, it merges seamlessly with its surroundings. A new water feature can settle in remarkably quickly even using nothing more than a plastic bowl. Why not check out how you can set one up in your garden

    Ray Kennedy caught this amphibious moment perfectly for, feel free to have a look around our extensive image archive yourself.


  • Monday's magic moment: ready for touchdown

    Have you seen a hen harrier? These beautiful birds of prey breed in upland areas, but in England, none were successful last year, and this year only three pairs have bred.

    There's enough habitat for 300 pairs - something is very wrong, and there's compelling evidence that it's persecution which is stopping the hen harrier's recovery in England.

    We're raising money for hen harrier conservation. With help from you and the EU LIFE+ fund, we'll be able to follow harriers with satellite technology, call for stronger laws, and demonstrate that harriers and grouse moors can go together. We're also working to win the hearts and minds of the next generation, with our Skydancer schools project.

    And this Sunday, 10 August, is Hen Harrier Day, and people will be gathering to show their support for these birds, calling for action.

    This gorgeous photo was taken by Steve Knell - you can browse more superb photography on RSPB Images, our photo library.