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  • 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: back to work?

    Happy New Year! I've got to admit, I closely resembled this little grey seal pup this morning! For many, myself included, it's the first day back at work after the Christmas break. And it's quite a shock! Probably not as big a shock as this little guy gets though when it's chilly...
  • 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: Monday's magic moment: beach babes

    Perhaps it's not really the right weather to be lounging around on the beach. But nobody told grey seals , which are busy 'pupping' there at this time of year. Grey seal pups are born after a gestation of nine months, and feed on milk which is more than 50 per cent fat (!) for up to three...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: frost and light

    Frosty outside, isn't it? Certainly in Bedfordshire, we've seen the first frosts of winter over the weekend. This morning, I wandered out into the the golden glow of the sunrise, and complete with a crisp, cold frost, it was the perfect start to the day. For me, I love the early frosty...
  • 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: Monday's magic moment: the eyes have it

    This owl is looking at you! Be glad you're not a vole or mouse... It's a short-eared owl , but that's a bit of a misleading name because the 'ears' in question aren't really ears - they're just tufts of feathers which the owl sticks up when it's scared, cross or excited...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: raven about it

    An omen of ill luck and death. Or a increasing and welcome part of our bird life. How do you view ravens ? There's certainly plenty of myth and folklore surrounding the UK's largest crow species, but one think for sure is that they're mounting a comeback across the UK. These days, you're...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: precious things from across the North Sea

    Autumn is a time for nature's gems - richly-coloured leaves, nuts, berries and the last butterflies and dragonflies you'll see this year. It's also a time when there's lots of bird migration going on, all around you. Everyone knows that swallows, swifts and ospreys migrate. Yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: the fisher king

    On a recent trip to the seaside, I spotted a familiar shape arrowing along above the waves - a cormorant! These large waterbirds are supreme fishers and have an almost-reptilian look thanks to a long neck and large, bulging eyes. The bird I spotted was flying low above the waves in picturesque...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: it's time to go!

    Yes, it's that time of year again... when swallows and martins (these are house martins ) gather into flocks to prepare for the return journey back to Africa. Photographer Chris Knights captured the moment of take-off. Where do they go? We've known for a long time that swallows go right down...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: an electric blue blur

    Hands up if you've seen a kingfisher recently! Kingfishers can be seen along streams, rivers, canals and lakes - even in the middle of our biggest cities. They're perhaps our most colourful bird, but they can be tricky to spot... If you've never seen a kingfisher, one thing you can...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: season of plenty

    Have you sampled your first blackberry of the season yet? I tried some yesterday - they were a bit tart, but not far off perfection. This harvest mouse, photographed by Guy Rogers , clearly can't resist temptation either! Hedges on farmland are great places for creatures like harvest mice,...
  • 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...