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  • Blog Post: Winter feeding – let them eat cake (well... bird cake)!

    We should all be busy filling our feeders regularly now, but this year has been unusual and particularly mild for a long time, resulting in plenty of natural food for birds and other animals to feed on. Their instinct is to use this natural food source over the supplementary food we put out for them...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: eating locusts

    Last week I was in the closest thing Europe has to a desert. This already feels like a distant memory, but being hit in the face by a relative of this guy - the desert locust - was not a forgettable experience. This image wasn’t taken in the desert but in Norfolk! Given that these creatures...
  • Blog Post: Winter wonderland

    Let it snow... The wildlife team has been really busy recently with lots of queries coming in related to the wintry weather, many expressing concern that birds are struggling to cope in the harsh weather. It is true that these times are hard for birds but many run the risk of being killed by misplaced...
  • Blog Post: More winter tips from the wildlife team

    Cold out isn't it!!! We're getting a flurry of queries from all over the UK about how best to help our feathered friends in these harsh conditions so here are few more tips on what you can do to help them out! Feed little and often - the cold and damp conditions can mean food gets frozen...
  • Blog Post: Batten down the hatches here comes winter! Plus a reminder of summer.

    With dropping temperatures, high winds, showers and the threat of snow over high ground, winter is definitely on its way! With our winter migrants making landfall and spreading out across the UK, and with Feed The Birds Day on October 29, now is the perfect opportunity for a quick checklist on the essentials...
  • Blog Post: Disappearing garden birds!

    Summer has finally arrived (for some), all be it late, birds have been struggling to raise their young in the wet, cold weather and now they have chicks it looks like they are disappearing from view. Where have they all gone and when will they return? During the breeding season, birds will hold their...
  • Blog Post: Bupa wants us all to save the sparrow

    Siobhan Drane, Community and Partnerships Manager for Bupa Care Homes, tells us all about working with the RSPB, Wildlife Week and saving the sparrow. Bupa Care Homes is one of the UK's largest care home providers with over 300 homes. In 2010, we formed a partnership with the RSPB to turn 11...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...Prepare for your Birdwatch

    The countdown to the Big Garden Birdwatch is on! It’s now just three weeks until it’s time to sit down, perhaps in your favourite chair, and look out your window for just one hour, counting the birds in your garden. So, how can you make the most of your Birdwatch? Just how are you going...
  • Blog Post: A magic weekend?

    It’s a big weekend this one. Whilst I may be heading to London on Saturday, hoping for some magic in the cup, you might be looking out of your window, hoping for some magic on your bird table. It’s F.A. Cup fourth round weekend, but I’m sure there is something even bigger going on this...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready for Big Garden Birdwatch?

    As you may have read, this year sees the 30th Big Garden Birdwatch . To mark this special anniversary, I'm already putting together a cunning plan for my best Birdwatch ever... Strictly speaking, you don't need to do any special preparation for Big Garden Birdwatch. It's fine not to put out...
  • Blog Post: Something for the weekend

    This week, you've got to keep your eyes and ears open. Be alert at all times, wherever you are - especially if you're out shopping. Waxwings are here! Whatwings? Waxwings . They breed in Scandinavia, snapping up mosquitos in the northern forests, but in winter it's berries they crave ...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...Ready for the winter?

    Cold. That’s what those in the know are forecasting this weekend. But don’t despair. The cold weather could bring more birds to your garden – woo hoo! So this weekend, why don’t you make sure that your feeders are cleaned out, topped up and ready to rock? What, when and...
  • Blog Post: Birds and beers

    In the past few weeks, as summer has finally got into its stride, I've had reason to visit various beer gardens. After a 'hard' day in the office, what's nicer than a beer garden with a glass of your favourite beverage and some good company? It just happens that beer gardens can be great...
  • Blog Post: Cold, hungry birds? You can help!

    The past few weeks have been tough. The weather's made our lives difficult, but it's been even tougher for our birds and wildlife. So it's a good job that we can do our bit to help. I've been trudging up my snowy garden to feed the birds every morning - before feeding myself, of course...
  • Blog Post: Falling into nature

    So our brief summer has been and gone (yes, sorry guys, that was it) and it's edging ever closer to that dreaded page in your diary that says 'British Summer Time Ends'. Great! But it's not all doom and gloo m... Autumn is without a doubt my favourite time of year. Along with the change...
  • Blog Post: Grab and stash raids

    As I look out of the office window, there's a constant stream of birds, especially coal tits , visiting the webcam bird feeder here at The Lodge . Where have they come from and what are they doing? It's been noticeable for the past two weeks. Are the birds migrants, newly-arrived here and...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Big Garden Birdwatch

    Today, I've been doing some preparation for Big Garden Birdwatch , which takes place this weekend, 26-27 January. My masterplan involves the strategic deployment of an arsenal of bird foodstuffs. I bought some tasty fat cake which I'm hoping will pull in a great spotted woodpecker , but I'll...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: eating like a bird

    With Big Garden Birdwatch coming soon, who wouldn't be delighted to have these visitors to their feeders? If you're not familiar with them, they are tree sparrows . Numbers of these pretty birds plummeted by 95 per cent between 1970 and 1999, so we're working hard to give them a helping...
  • Blog Post: Was your Big Garden Birdwatch great?

    Hi! How did you get on with Big Garden Birdwatch ? Hope you had time to sit down for an hour, grab a cuppa, a bacon butty, a few biscuits or maybe a slice of cake, depending on the time of day... Here are my results: Chaffinch , 8 Jackdaw , 5 Blackbird , 3 Dunnock , 3 Great tit , 3 Starling , 3 Blue...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...be a bird food master chef

    I love cooking - especially baking cakes. But while I think a lot about making food for myself, I'm ashamed to say that I don't often think about making something for the birds that visit my garden. But as I recently discovered, it's easy to make your birds a tasty treat. And as winter...
  • Blog Post: The team's top tips for a Big Garden Birdwatch

    Are you ready for Big Garden Birdwatch 2010? You can do your hour-long count this Saturday or Sunday (30-31 January), so there's not long to go now! While it's important to remember that the Birdwatch isn't a competition - indeed, even if you see nothing we still want to hear about it...
  • Blog Post: Treat your birds this winter

    Last month, Katie told us all about fat and why it is good for birds , so I thought I'd have a go at making some speedy bird cakes, and see how they go down with my garden visitors. Using the recipe tucked away in our youth pages, it didn't take me long to make the cake and get it hanging...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... help birds stay warm

    ... not by knitting them little woolly hats and scarves, but by giving them some food and water. The weather forecast is looking chilly for the weekend for much of the UK (as I write this it's minus 4 Celsius in sunny Sandy - pretty tough for us soft southerners). So it's even more important...
  • Blog Post: Creatures in distress

    Over the past week, two news stories stuck out for me. In Argyll a couple came to the aid of a baby otter , flooded out of its home by the rain, and effectively saved its life. In contrast to this lone vulnerable baby, a pod of mighty killer whales were the concern of Canadian residents as they...
  • Blog Post: Who says Mondays are dull?

    ‘Had a good weekend?' is the usual question when you get into work on a Monday morning. However, no sooner was this uttered today when it was interrupted as I peered out the window and caught a glimpse of a black, white and red bird swooping onto our feeder . We’re pretty lucky here that...