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  • Blog Post: Egg-cellent news from around the UK

    Looks like the stars of our Dates with Nature are busy settling into family life with a wave of eggs being laid over the last couple of weeks. The Manchester peregrines are still sat on one egg, whilst the pair over in Chichester are now sitting on two - one laid on 9 April and one on Sunday. Up...
  • Blog Post: Manchester peregrines are running late

    It's usually about now that the Manchester peregrines are getting ready to raise their chicks, but this year something's different. The first egg was only laid this week so things are happening much later than usual. We're not 100% sure why this has happened, but it could be down to a number...
  • Blog Post: Jumplings, droughts and flutterings

    This July has been great for wildlife watching and we have been really busy talking about where to go to see various spectacles as well as the usual July gull fledging shenanigans. Earlier this month my colleague and I went up to Scotland to deliver some training to our teams in Scotland, we managed...
  • Blog Post: Ten ways to get involved with the RSPB

    Do you know all the ways you get involved with the RSPB? We’re loads more than just the Big Garden Birdwatch – honestly! Here’s 10 ways to get you started, many of them you can do at home... 1. Create a home for wildlife Why not turn your garden into your very own nature reserve...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... enjoy one of nature's great spectacles

    It’s easy to forget that you don’t have to travel halfway around the world, to somewhere like the Serengeti, to see an amazing wildlife spectacle. At this time of year, there is little to rival the raucous clamour of a breeding seabird colony - and the UK plays host to some of the world’s...
  • Blog Post: Go seal watching with us

    There are two species of seal that breed in the UK – the common seal and the grey seal. They might look awkward on land, lolling on beaches and flapping their flippers, but in the water these animals are like ballerinas, gracefully twisting, turning and dancing through bubbles. Here are six scintillating...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... be wowed by wildlife

    This weekend watch eagles soaring, peregrines feeding fluffy chicks or seabirds setting up home. We can show you all these and more at our date with nature events - drop-in sessions across the UK that are open to everyone. Find out more and see which dates are happening near you. See you this weekend...
  • Blog Post: Land's End lift off

    Guest blogger: Lindsay Wilson, Land's End information assistant It has finally happened - the great black-backed gull chicks here at Land's End have flown the nest, and we were there to witness it! Both were practicing flapping and hopping and gliding a little in the updrafts one particularly...
  • Blog Post: Second time lucky?

    After proving last month that the hunter can easily become the hunted , our Edinburgh sparrowhawks event is back up and running. We've successfully managed to move the camera to a second nest in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and there's already plenty going on. Visitors over the weekend...
  • Blog Post: Summer holidays over for Glasgow's swallows

    It's been a wet summer all across Scotland, but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of John McGruther, who's been out and about in Glasgow's Pollok Park since June. Meeting loads of people in the park's visitor centre, John has had great fun giving everyone a special insight into...
  • Blog Post: Egg-cellent news from Mull

    Our Mull Eagles team are celebrating the arrival of this year's chicks over the bank holiday. Check out the latest post on the Mull Eagles blog to find out more.
  • Blog Post: Raptor Enrapture at Symonds Yat

    After a flurry of Bank Holidays and regal nuptials, it’s time to bring the tales of Symonds Yat up to date. Our Peregrines are almost certainly on eggs, as the traffic to and from the nest hole will testify. The female is doing the majority of the incubation as expected and the male spends lots...
  • Blog Post: Sad news from Shetland

    I hate to end the week on a sad note, but unfortunately I'm going to have to. We've received the terrible news from Sumburgh Head that the puffling who has been the fluffy little star of puffincam this year has died. To find out more, take a look at the latest post on the Shetland blog .
  • Blog Post: New ospreys in town

    Whilst the Glaslyn and Loch Garten ospreys have been back for a little while now and busily getting on with the job at hand, there's been little sign of ospreys in the Lake District - until now! We're pleased to announce that a pair of ospreys have been spotted at Bassenthwaite and the Lake District...
  • Blog Post: Malham chicks fly away

    We breath a sigh of relief at yet another successful season at Malham Cove - four peregrine chicks in the skies, and a host of special moments. But, at the same time, there is sadness that we won't be in the stunning surroundings of the Cove talking to visitors, or seeing the owls , redstarts...
  • Blog Post: Update on Aberfoyle's mysterious female

    Last week we brought you the news that our bachelor osprey at Aberfoyle have reluctantly found himself a mysterious female . Well, using the her leg rings, we've been able to find out a bit more about this new mystery lady. She's been traced back to Loch Lomond, is two years old and came from...
  • Blog Post: Third time lucky?

    The third egg has arrived at Loch Garten, but has Odin finally finished his game of egg football and accepted it as his own? To find out, hop over to the Loch Garten osprey diary for the latest.
  • Blog Post: The prodigal son returns

    There was a rare visitor to the osprey nest at Glaslyn late last week. One of the 2008 chicks made a surprise visit, which is incredibly unusual as ospreys rarely return to the exact spot where they fledged from. Find out more by checking out the Glasylyn osprey blog .
  • Blog Post: Keeping track

    With the Glaslyn and Loch Garten osprey chicks already ringed and tagged, last week saw the turn of the solitary Lake District osprey chick. The chick, which appears to be a male, is now six weeks old and seems to be in good health. He was fitted with a satellite transmitter and a white id ring with...
  • Blog Post: Keeping up with the kids

    Whilst the Glaslyn ospreys have been busy settling back in and getting the nest ready for the coming months, the team on the ground have heard some rather exciting news about a couple of the previous Glaslyn residents. News came in from Kielder in Northumberland over the last couple of days that two...
  • Blog Post: Puffling progress

    Guess blogger: Helen Moncrieff, Shetland Warden Our Shetland puffling turns two weeks old tomorrow and it's growing bigger and fluffier by the day. It seems to spend most of its time sleeping, preening and occasionally “dancing.” The puffin parents have been very attentive and feeding...
  • Blog Post: We'd like to introduce you to...

    Our Edinburgh sparrowhawk chicks finally have names! Six lucky people who came along to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh over the weekend suggested the winning names. The only female in the brood has been named Leila and her brothers are called Lucky, Fluffy, Nev, Radar and Killer. It's good to...
  • Blog Post: All change in the Lake District

    It's only been two weeks since I told you about the new pair of ospreys in the Lake District , but it now looks like it's all change again with the female from the pair being ousted by a new arrival last week! The victor has set up home with the male and things seem to be going swimmingly according...
  • Blog Post: Three become two

    We only told you about their arrival on Wednesday , but there's some sad news from Cardiff I'm afraid. It seems that the last week of torrential ran and colder temperatures has taken its toll on the peregrine chicks and one of them hasn't made it. Luckily the two remaining chicks are looking...
  • Blog Post: Let the sunbathing begin!

    Guest blogger: Ben Calvert, RPSB Saltholme There's a new date for your diary, but you don't need a towel, suncream or a good read (although we do hope that the weather will be brill). As many of the other dates with nature are winding down for the season, we're just starting - and we've...