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  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: new discoveries

    Last week I got my first ever peek at a natterjack toad. My manager and I were having a catchup while strolling round the grounds here at the Lodge when she spotted some natterjack toadlets in one of the ponds. They were tiny little creatures, who presumably hadn't long been toadlets instead of...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: it's all black and white

    Last week was great for butterfly lovers. The sunny weather brought many summer specialities out onto wing. Daintily searching through southern Britain's meadows for nectar, marbled whites are one in particular people look out for in July. I was lucky enough to see some myself this weekend...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: A new hobby

    Nature is special for many reasons. Among them is the impact an unexpected sighting can have on an otherwise mundane day. While commuting by train recently, I looked up and, through a murky window, spotted a hobby scything through the air alongside me. It's aerodynamic profile and aristocratic...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: dragons and damsels

    This is one of my favourite times of year... the time when dragonflies and damselflies are emerging. These colourful insects can be seen near streams, rivers and ponds almost anywhere - town or country. The bigger dragonflies can spend up to three years living underwater as a larva. The four-spotted...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: superstar stickleback!

    We don't get many fish on Monday moment do we? But this is no ordinary fish! I spent last week at our magical Minsmere nature reserve . Water voles plopped into the pond behind the cafe, bitterns boomed from the dense reedbeds and adders warmed up by basking in the Suffolk sunshine. But many of...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: Serenaded by eiders...

    Last week, I spent some time up on Northern Ireland's Rathlin Island. Whilst sitting in the harbour, I heard some strange noises coming from the rather dapper-looking bird in this picture. An eider duck. It doesn't do justice to describe it, so why not listen to it on our eider page? This...
  • 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: child's play

    One of the nicest things about working on a nature reserve is that it really comes to life during the school holidays, particularly from Easter onwards. I love walking across the site here at The Lodge to go to a meeting or get a cup of tea, and hearing the delighted squeals of children enjoying nature...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: hidden colours underwater

    I hope you had a great Easter weekend with time to get outdoors and explore the natural world - hopefully with at least a little sunshine? One of the highlights of my stroll yesterday was doing a spot of fish-watching. By peering into the clear waters of a stream, I saw something I hadn't seen...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: motherly love

    It's not just us humans who appreciate our mums, as this gorgeous photo of a grey seal and her pup shows. But we're the only species who have a special day to express our love, and with Mother's Day fast approaching, don't forget to send a card! If you're spending some time...
  • 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: Is spring on its way?

    You could be forgiven for thinking that today as the weak winter sun beats down outside. For our grey herons though, spring is here! Well, the breeding season anyway. They are one of our earliest breeding species, and you can often see them at this time of year adding to their huge nests. High...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: are you looking at my bird?

    It's lekking time! These male black grouse are singing and dancing against each other to attract females they can mate with. After the deed is done, that's the end of the male's role - the females are left to incubate the eggs and bring up the chicks on their own. Want to see and hear...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: pitchoo!

    Pitchoo! Pitchoo! That's the call of the marsh tit , the star of this week's Monday magic moment. It looks very, very similar to its relative, the willow tit , but the marsh tit's sneezing call can be a giveaway clue to its identity. At this time of year, marsh tits and other woodland...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: a field of poppies

    With yesterday being Remembrance Sunday, I thought it was the perfect time to find a picture of some poppies. Whilst we pause to remember all those who have lost their lives, this farmland scene might make us remember the wildlife we've lost from our countryside too. I was out on farmland yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: safety in numbers

    One of the other great autumn-winter spectacles is the sight of a seething cloud of starlings appearing in the early evening around a roosting spot, known as a murmuration . If you can't visualise what I'm talking about you might remember a Carling advert from almost ten years ago that used...
  • 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: Looking pretty fly

    Happy Monday! Autumn really seemed to arrive over the last week. Yes it's still warm in my part of the world, but the ground is covered in golden leaves, I saw my first brent geese of the autumn and fungi are popping up here, there and everywhere. Now, I'm no fungi expert. But even I can...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: autumn consolation

    What's the best thing about autumn? Bonfire night? A lie-in on 26 Oct? It's got to be that visual feast of autumn colours hasn't it? The beautiful reds, oranges and yellows that we see on broadleaf trees in mid autumn. The conditions needed to make really good autumn leaf colour are...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: oh deer

    Here at The Lodge today it's pretty wet, cold and generally unpleasant outside. But however wet it is where you are, you're probably not quite as damp as this red deer hind. Her calf doesn't look too impressed, either... Find more beautiful photos like this at RSPB Images .
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: darting about

    As September slips into October our insects are shutting up shop until next spring. Not all of them though. Attempting to match the autumn colours, male common darters are still patrolling the air. I spotted a couple at the weekend - have you seen any of these or any other insects recently? Here's...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: searching for dippers

    I walked for miles down a stream in the Lake District the other day, a journey that surely merited an encounter with one of my favorite birds, the dipper . But as nature is inclined to do sometimes it left me wanting, so I delved into RSPB-images today to take a digital look at what I missed out on...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: Out of the grass...

    I've got a question for you. Have you ever walked through a meadow, and seen a small brown bird erupt out of the grass in front of you and fly off? Yes? Well that happened to me a lot yesterday. I was out at Orfordness - a shingly slice of Suffolk's varied coastline. A former cold war nuclear...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: barn owl or badminton

    When out for an after work jog on my local nature reserve, Fen Drayton , I was treated to the sight of a ghostly white face floating silently over the fields. It was of course a barn owl and it was great to see this beautiful animal hunting so close to where I live. The spectacle lasted about half...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: juggling with fruit

    Can you do this with a blackberry? Our hedgerows are laden with fruit, especially blackberries, and it's not just humans who are making the most of the crop. Birds like starlings love blackberries too, so watch out for flocks roaming the countryside in search of food. (you can tell this bird...