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  • Blog Post: Wonderful winter

    This weekend, many of us will have woken up to winter’s first snowfall. Though we were graced with just the lightest of dustings here in Bedfordshire (hardly enough for a snowman, let alone enough to crack out the sledge), it was more than enough to fire me up for a bracing morning walk. When...
  • 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: whirling, swirling starlings

    January days may be short, and often damp, but it's still possible to make the most of your weekend. I spent the latter part of Sunday afternoon deep in the flatlands of East Anglia. Marsh harriers floated over the water, upsetting the ducks swimming beneath. Cetti's warblers burst into song...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: a very berry Christmas

    We hope you're having a fun festive season. Whether it's snowy where you are or not, winter's short days make life tough for birds. This mistle thrush looks like it's enjoying these red berries. As you might have guessed, the species got its name from its liking for the white berries...
  • Blog Post: How robins cornered the Christmas market

    The poster-bird of countless Christmas cards, December is the robin’s time in the spotlight. But robins aren’t just for Christmas. Because they rarely move far from where they’ve hatched and, generally speaking, don’t migrate , they’re with us all year round – and...
  • Blog Post: How to attract birds to your garden: 10 top tips

    Everyone loves to see birds visiting their garden, patio or balcony. Want to know how to boost your chances of seeing lots of birds through the year? Read on! 1. Feeding the birds is perhaps the quickest and easiest way to invite feathered friends into your garden or onto your balcony. Birds are creatures...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: barnacle geese - stars of the small screen

    Did you catch BBC Autumnwatch last week? The barnacle geese that come to the Solway Firth, all the way from Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean, were the stars of the show. (you might also remember their amazing cliff-jumping from the BBC's Life Story series) Our nature reserve at Mersehead - neighbour...
  • 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: time to take off

    Did you see Life Story on BBC1 last week? The cliff-jumping barnacle goslings were unforgettable (if you missed it, you can catch up on iPlayer )! Those geese were filmed on their mountainous breeding grounds in Greenland. Barnacle geese from Greenland migrate to spend winter with us in western Scotland...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: otter winters

    The reserve at the end of my road reported the exciting news of an otter sighting recently. An undeniably charismatic species, I confess without shame to have tried (in vain) to find it in my local water bodies. This image captures what I imagine that moment would look like: a magical scene...
  • Blog Post: Winter Butterflies

    While filling up my bird feeders, I glanced up and saw a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly in the roof of the shed. As I looked around, I found about fifteen more, wings neatly folded, just hanging around, waiting for spring to arrive. The old brick shed has a door that fits where it touches, but that’s...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: winter fishing

    Winter has struggled to turn up so far but today, as an icy fog hangs over the fields, it fells like it's finally arrived. While lots of mammals take the sensible strategy of hibernating through these cold months, there's no rest for most of us including this industrious kingfisher. ...
  • Blog Post: What a year!

    So here we are, the last wildlife enquiries blog for 2013, we thought we would use this blog to think back to what has been a dramatic year for wildlife in the UK and to look forward to next year. 2013 has flown by so here is a quick recap on some of the wildlife stories. The year started with one...
  • Blog Post: Amphibians in winter

    Amphibians are some of our most primitive land animals to own a backbone. Unfortunately for them one of their primitive traits is an inability to regulate body temperature which means that in the UK they have to take action before it gets freezing cold! The best way to do this is to hibernate or...
  • 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: Happy new year from the wildlife team!

    2012 has started with a buzz literally as we have had a few reports of bees being seen already as well as butterflies. Despite the stormy conditions experienced across much of the UK, it seems the relatively mild winter so far for parts of the UK is disrupting the natural world. Have you seen any creatures...
  • Blog Post: Helping birds through rough weather - the Wildlife teams top tips!

    The forecast is looking pretty grim for much of the UK over the next few day's at least, some parts have already been taking a pummelling. Heres a few of the questions we are getting asked at the moment and our answers, we hope this will help you help your garden birds through the worst of it! ...
  • Blog Post: Snow idea what that is!

    We've been inundated with reports of unusual garden visitors since the snow arrived. The ice, snow and general wintry weather that has finally arrived has covered much of the countryside making many natural food resources such as worms and seed on the ground impossible to reach. So what is a hungry...
  • Blog Post: Decorate your hedges and trees for birds this Christmas!

    Fed up of tinsel and twinkly lights everywhere? We've got some festive ideas for (outdoor) tree decorations to help the wildlife! These might not look quite so dazzling as a flashing santa or a neon reindeer but they will attract in the birds! I'm sure you will all agree that our feathered friends...
  • Blog Post: Do you have a Swede in your garden?

    It’s all too easy to take some birds for granted. It could be robins , starlings , chaffinches , blue tits , dunnocks - whatever it is that you see all the time. Then, something happens that makes you think ‘oh! Perhaps I should look a bit more carefully next time I see one’. Recently...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... down by the water

    With temperatures set to stay below freezing for some time to come, it might seem a good idea to sit it out indoors. But if you wrap up warm and venture outside, the icy weather may bring some surprises. The big freeze makes life difficult for many waterbirds. Bad news for them, but it can bring us...
  • 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: Monday's Magic Moment: lighting up the night

    The moon. Last night it looked particularly amazing - big, bright and low enough in the sky that it seemed as if I only had to stand on tiptoes to reach it. In fact, it looked a little like this beautiful image by David Tipling: There are plenty more images like this over on RSPB Images ...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Christmas: 22

    We thought it was time we gave you a chance to share your photos with us… This is just one of a beautiful selection of 'snowscapes' on our Community landscape gallery . Please click through and share yours with us too.