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  • Blog Post: Keeping up with Cardiff

    How are our Cardiff peregrines doing? To find out, check out the latest post on the We Love Wales! blog.
  • Blog Post: Sea views

    Guest blogger: Lindsay Wilson, Information Assistant at Land's End We're back at Land's End this year and the main star's of the show are a pair of nesting great black-backed gulls who have very considerately built their nest in full view of the hut. They currently have three eggs...
  • Blog Post: Storm report

    Last week saw some pretty rough weather up at our Argaty red kite event. Three of the red kite nests (including the one that our camera is on) managed to survive the onslaught of 100mph winds, but unfortunately one of the other nests wasn't quite so lucky. It was propelled 60ft into the air and sadly...
  • Blog Post: A case of mistaken identity?

    There's something strange happening at the Lake District ospreys . We currently have two ospreys on site, who are busily mating and setting up home, but we can only identify one of them! The male has been identified as one of the chicks born and raised on site in 2007 thanks to the ring on his...
  • Blog Post: Flying solo

    As the only chick to hatch from a clutch of two, the New Forest hobby youngster has had it easy up until now - being waited on beak and claw by attentive parents. But that's all about to change now that our youngster has finally left the nest. Having been lavished with food and attention, this...
  • Blog Post: Peregrine round up

    It's been a busy few months for our peregrine families around the country. The chicks up at Malham have all fledged and there's some fab photos up on the Malham Facebook page . There's still plenty to see on site with plenty of green woodpackers and red starts around. It's not been...
  • Blog Post: Who's the daddy Cardiff?

    The three Cardiff peregrine chicks are going strong and it looks like there isn't just a new male in Chichester this year - there's one in Cardiff too! Our local peregrine expert has confirmed that this year's dad is a different male to the one who's fathered the chicks in previous...
  • Blog Post: Eggsellent news

    We've got our first osprey eggs of the season! The Glaslyn ospreys have pipped the other pairs to the post by producing not only this year's first, but also its second osprey egg. The first arrived on Sunday and the second at lunchtime yesterday. Who do you think will be next? Loch Garten or...
  • Blog Post: Avocet news!

    The Date with Nature baby boom is continuing with the arrival of the first three avocet chicks at Marshside. The first ridiculously cute little chick was spotted for the first time yesterday amidst lots of excitement from the watching crowd and two more have arrived today . To find out more check out...
  • Blog Post: New chicks in the New Forest

    It's not just the peregrine chicks that are braving the weather to emerge into the world this week - the goshawks are at it too! Last weekend saw the arrival of three chicks for the New Forest goshawks . They've been keeping a low profile this week (and with this weather who can blame them...
  • Blog Post: What's new at Westonbirt

    Guest blogger: Amy Martin, Information Assistant at Westonbirt Arboretum Well the last month or so has been a busy one for the RSPB at Wesonbirt ! We’ve held a whole host of hands-on family events, which I hope many of you joined us for. For those who didn’t get chance, here’s what...
  • Blog Post: Deer me

    It's been all about the birds on this blog over the last few months, but our Date with Natures are about more than just our feathered friends. Take our Date with Nature at Leighton Moss for example, where the stars of the show are the beautiful red deer that call the reserve home. Pop along between...
  • Blog Post: Practice makes perfect

    Whilst the Loch Garten ospreys have started to make a move towards their wintering grounds, the Lake District ospreys seem to be content to stay put for now though it won't be long before the female makes a move. The young ones are getting better at fishing practice and are finally managing to actually...
  • Blog Post: A natural soap opera

    Forget Eastenders and Coronation Street - the ospreys at some of our date with nature sites could give any soap opera a run for their money at the moment! It's all happening in the Lake District where the female osprey has arrived back earlier than her usual mate, No-ring, and has proceeded to...
  • Blog Post: Westonbirt date to close early

    Unfortunately, a parasite called trichomoniasis has affected some of the birds at the Westonbirt Arboretum feeding station . Following our advice, the Arboretum has removed all food from the feeding area for October and November, to try and prevent the spread of the parasite. This has led us to close...
  • Blog Post: Oh we do like to be beside the seaside

    It looks like it's not just us who like to be beside the seaside. A pair of peregrines have set up home on the cliffs at Scarborough ! To start with we couldn't see much of what was going on because the nest was hidden from view, but now the chicks are a little bit older and moving around...
  • Blog Post: More egg-citement at Loch Garten

    Just a quickie to say there's been more egg action over on the Loch Garten osprey diary . Check it out!
  • Blog Post: Puffincam needs you!

    The birds are back, the webcams are on, the nest is ready, all that is needed now is an egg in the world’s most famous puffin burrow at our Sumburgh Head site. And we need your help to spot when it arrives! Newton Harper, our man on the ground at Sumburgh Head, said : “Puffins have been...
  • Blog Post: Sun, sea and...spots!

    When I think of Blackpool I get images of the sea front, sticks of rock and the illuminations running through my mind. In terms of bird life, gulls would be the first thing that spring to mind, but there's something else flying about town. Great spotted woodpeckers ! An RSPB team, along with the...
  • Blog Post: Chicks galore at Glaslyn

    The Glaslyn ospreys have had a busy weekend. The first chick arrived on Friday and it seems the others were keen to make an appearance too! Chick number 2 arrived at 8:05 on Saturday morning and chick number 3 arrived at 6:15 this morning. You keep up to date with all the action from the nest by checking...
  • Blog Post: A quick trip round the block

    Guest blogger: Ella Dixon, Lake District People Engagement Officer Yesterday at 1.16pm the Lake Districts osprey chick (No 13) took a lucky leap of faith off the nest and took off on his maiden flight! He was only in the air for two minutes and he chose a very wet spell so views were limited, but...
  • Blog Post: Raptors around the Rock

    There really isn't a great deal to say about our Peregrines this week, as we've hardly seen anything of them! However, I thought this would be a good opportunity to tell you a bit more about the other raptors we see up at the Symonds Yat rock. Buzzards are seen every day and they are now the...
  • Blog Post: Weekly catch up - eggs and intrigue

    What a week at our Dates with Nature! The first of this year's osprey eggs have been laid. The Glaslyn ospreys are in fact sitting on three at the moment (first was laid on Sat 6, second on Tues 9 and the third on Fri 12). The male has been busy bringing fish back to the nest and taking his turn...
  • Blog Post: Hello stranger!

    It's always nice to see a familiar face. It's even nicer to see one that you haven't seen for the best part of a year! This week the Argaty red kites team were treated to a surprise visit from one of last year's chicks who they haven't seen hide nor hair of since July. This young...
  • Blog Post: Now you see them, soon you won't

    This week is your last chance to see the Manchester peregrine chicks. Since they fledged back in June, they've been busy taking lessons from mum and dad on how to fend for themselves, but once they've learnt the necessary survival skills, they'll be off to make their own way in the world...