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  • Blog Post: Notes on nature: Snuggle up, it's nesting season...

    Spring has sprung and life’s all aflutter as wildlife gets busy preparing for the breeding season. You may have spotted birds in your garden flitting to and fro with nest material as they prepare for family life. Some opt for a traditional-style home, weaving twigs and moss into a neat cup...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: our woods are exploding!

    Some people get all excited about bluebells (which are purple, for the record). For me, fresh, tender green leaves are the real beauties of spring. They're everywhere you look... I can't get enough of that bright lime green that newly-sprouting leaves have (I think hazel leaves are my favourite...
  • Blog Post: How to do the dawn chorus (when you'd rather be in bed)

    Does anyone else keep getting woken up at 5.30am by the birds at the moment? When that feathered alarm clock goes off, it's tempting just to reach for the earplugs and try and snatch back a bit more sleep until the real one goes off. But somewhere deep down we know we're missing one of nature's...
  • Blog Post: Make your own nest

    When you think about it, nests are pretty amazing. Imaging trying to build something high in a tree using just your mouth and your feet... It’d probably be quite hard. In fact, it’s probably best not to try!* But, as spring begins and birds start weaving their wondrous constructions...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: Hopelessly devoted to you

    Spring is here and thoughts have turned to love (sort of!) here at The Lodge. Birdlife all over the reserve is busy preparing for the breeding season. Blue tits are looking for food to fatten themselves up in preparation for the days ahead, a pair of red kites are regularly spotted eyeing each...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Easter treat

    A local news story lately raised a chuckle in the RSPB office. Colleague: ‘A Christmas tree in Kent apparently can’t be taken down because there’s a pregnant dove in it’. Me: ‘Ha! Christmas.’ Colleague: ‘Yeah... Also, you can’t get a pregnant dove...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: signs of spring

    Before winter has really taken hold, many of us have started seeing early signs of spring. After the mildest December since records began, it’s no wonder nature is getting a bit muddled. Birds have been bursting into song since the New Year while gardens and roundabouts, especially in the south...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: it's bluebell time!

    If you go down to the woods today... you could see some bluebells. The first purple flowers are bursting open at The Lodge right now. This photo was taken at our Gwenffrwd-Dinas nature reserve in Wales in May last year. Find out where else you could see bluebells soon . Bluebells are renowned...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: among the blossom

    As Kevin mentioned last week , spring is just about here - or very close. Yesterday I saw my first blackthorn blossom of the year. It was a cold, windy day, but seeing a few buds bursting reminded me of what's to come. I've read some reports of long-tailed tits starting to build their nests...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: back from Africa!

    They're back! Wheatears are starting to arrive back from their winter quarters in Africa. This fabulous photo was taken by Nigel Blake at a regular stop-off point for migrating wheatears in Hertfordshire, and comes from our RSPB Images library. Though wheatears mostly breed in upland areas in...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: toad-fish

    How surreal is this little guy! Suspended in clear water, this tiny toadlet measures barely a centimeter in length, but already it has that characteristic face which reveals its identity as the common toad. This choice was inspired by the sight of an adult toad languidly swimming across open water...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: has spring sprung for you?

    And have you seen any butterflies yet? It was a glorious spring day in Bedfordshire yesterday. The sun was shining, blue, great and coal tits were singing away and smelt the first barbecues of the year! I even played cricket. But it was the butterflies that were most in evidence. After hibernating...
  • Blog Post: Early broods and nest boxes

    Amazingly over the past few weeks, we’ve been getting calls regarding some birds busy building nests, and even reports of nests with chicks in! It seems that to some birds, spring has sprung! The mild weather, along with food availability has lulled some birds into thinking it’s a good...
  • Blog Post: Soaked in spring - winners and losers

    The last few weeks have been pretty miserable weather wise for most humans in the UK, only the hardiest souls have braved the wet, windy and cold around the The Lodge . Have you braved the elements in the last few weeks, was it worth it? I've tried to get out and about in between showers and it has...
  • Blog Post: April...or is it August?

    The last couple of weeks have been quite sensational for April with warm and sunny conditions for most people in the UK. In this mini heat wave many birds will be finding it difficult to find worms and other soil dwelling prey. It is a good idea to offer a range of food at the moment that includes some...
  • Blog Post: Signs of spring, what have you seen?

    Earlier this week when I was walking around the Lodge reserve a bumblebee flew straight into me, bounced off and carried on across the ridge, my first of the year, I hope it was able to find a few flowers to feed on! It has been noticeably milder this week and this change in temperature seems to have...
  • Blog Post: Tips for February

    Before the next wave of snow comes in this weekend you might be able to get outside to do a few bits and bobs around the garden, there are certainly a few things to start looking out for! A key task for the month of February is to finish off any hedge trimming, cut back any ivy that needs a bit of...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: frog life

    It’s a hard life being a frog. Of around 2000 eggs laid by each female, only a few will reach adulthood. They were recently exposed as the culprits behind an unidentified jelly found in the countryside, previously attributed to meteors ! It turns out it’s just unfertilised egg plasma...
  • Blog Post: Floor flora

    We got one day, one glorious day this week when you thought 'spring... I remember that'. On that day I managed to have a walk through The Lodge reserve on a lunch break. Sitting on the edge of the old quarry among spongy plants, and looking over a distant view of train lines and pylons I felt...
  • Blog Post: Neglected by people, valuable to nature

    Brownfield land refers to those places that humans have developed but then left to ruin. While they might look far from ideal habitat, many species thrive here in people’s absence. There are examples everywhere and I’m sure you can think of a derelict building nearby with weeds and fast...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: The joys of spring

    On my way into work this morning I noticed a little sign of spring: daffodils! There definitely seems to be more out today than when I left work on Friday evening - despite the heavy rain we had in Sandy yesterday. I found this great image by Ernie Janes on RSPB images . Now, we've not got vast...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: blooming marvellous

    Are you enjoying nature's spectacle of vibrant colours and delicate flowers that are around at the moment? This beautiful photo by Sue Kennedy is just one of the many sights that you can catch a glimpse of in a park or garden near you. And if you want a real colour overload, there are plenty more...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: leap to it...

    I'm sure that it's not escaped your attention that this year is a leap year? And, if this photo by David Tipling is anything to go by, our hares are getting into the spirit of things! They're easier to see at this time of year, before the farmland crops and grasses grow tall. And keep...
  • Blog Post: Migrants are on their way!

    'Yeah, yeah,' I hear you say, 'this spring will never arrive.' But it's true that our summer migrant birds are on their way - I've seen them with my own eyes! Just before Easter I was lucky enough to spend a week at the Strait of Gibraltar Bird Observatory , which is run by...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: is this really it?

    It's taken a while this year, but I've finally seen my first butterfly of the year - a smashing brimstone which hurtled past on Saturday afternoon. With a chiffchaff singing nearby, it's finally started to feel like spring may be here (but don't hold your breath...). This lovely photo...