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  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: nature's tiny jewels

    Now's the time to head down to a river, stream or pond near you and watch out for tiny, delicate jewels. Spring is the time when many of our damselflies and dragonflies can be seen. How do you tell the difference between the two? Well, dragonflies are larger than damselflies, and rest with their...
  • 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 5am 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Why getting up early is great

    You either love early mornings or you hate 'em. It's a bit of both for me, I think. But Sunday was International Dawn Chorus Day - a great reason to get up early. Trust me, the hardest part is always when the alarm goes off and you think 'Mmmm, I think I'll just close my eyes for five...
  • Blog Post: Signs of spring

    Bluebells There are bluebells galore at over twenty of our reserves . Come and lose yourself in a fragrant purple haze. Lambs Did you know we manage an organic farm at Lake Vyrnwy in Powys? Come and meet our newborn lambs at special events on the farm. Alternatively, go to Saltholme in Cleveland and...
  • Blog Post: In the mood for a song?

    This morning - grey, sleety and cold - I heard my first song thrush of the year as I drove to work. What a way to start the day. If I'd had time, I would have stopped to listen... it's one of my favourite bird songs. Yesterday I heard a wisp of half-hearted blackbird song, coming from high...
  • Blog Post: You've come from where?

    I think (hope?) I'm safe to say that spring is finally here, and as I alluded to last month one thing is for certain - whatever the weather, birds are building nests and pairing up. And while some of those birds have weathered winter with us, some are only now just landing on our shore. And...
  • Blog Post: Adios winter

    Here I sit on the last day of February, spring just around the corner. But who mourns the passing of winter? Time seems to be wished away and all you hear is how spring is nearly here, people and wildlife seem to be getting excited by new beginnings. In autumn you don’t see many people excited...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: who's the cutest?

    Spring is just about here and the breeding season is getting underway. Nests are being built, eggs are being laid and chicks will soon be on the way. I challenge you to see anything cuter than these chicks... You won't bump into them in your garden or local park - they're golden plovers...
  • Blog Post: This weekend....join the hunt

    The sun is shining, daffodils are starting to poke their yellow heads above the earth, and days are lengthening. This can surely only mean one thing - spring is sprung! So this weekend, hunt for signs of spring. It could be as simple as enjoying snowdrops in your garden, or visiting one our our...