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  • Blog Post: Egg-cellent news from around the UK

    Looks like the stars of our Dates with Nature are busy settling into family life with a wave of eggs being laid over the last couple of weeks. The Manchester peregrines are still sat on one egg, whilst the pair over in Chichester are now sitting on two - one laid on 9 April and one on Sunday. Up...
  • Blog Post: Manchester peregrines are running late

    It's usually about now that the Manchester peregrines are getting ready to raise their chicks, but this year something's different. The first egg was only laid this week so things are happening much later than usual. We're not 100% sure why this has happened, but it could be down to a number...
  • Blog Post: Jumplings, droughts and flutterings

    This July has been great for wildlife watching and we have been really busy talking about where to go to see various spectacles as well as the usual July gull fledging shenanigans. Earlier this month my colleague and I went up to Scotland to deliver some training to our teams in Scotland, we managed...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... be wowed by wildlife

    This weekend watch eagles soaring, peregrines feeding fluffy chicks or seabirds setting up home. We can show you all these and more at our date with nature events - drop-in sessions across the UK that are open to everyone. Find out more and see which dates are happening near you. See you this weekend...
  • Blog Post: Go seal watching with us

    There are two species of seal that breed in the UK – the common seal and the grey seal. They might look awkward on land, lolling on beaches and flapping their flippers, but in the water these animals are like ballerinas, gracefully twisting, turning and dancing through bubbles. Here are six scintillating...
  • Blog Post: Ten ways to get involved with the RSPB

    Do you know all the ways you get involved with the RSPB? We’re loads more than just the Big Garden Birdwatch – honestly! Here’s 10 ways to get you started, many of them you can do at home... 1. Create a home for wildlife Why not turn your garden into your very own nature reserve...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... enjoy one of nature's great spectacles

    It’s easy to forget that you don’t have to travel halfway around the world, to somewhere like the Serengeti, to see an amazing wildlife spectacle. At this time of year, there is little to rival the raucous clamour of a breeding seabird colony - and the UK plays host to some of the world’s...
  • Forum Thread: New forest goshawks webcam

    If you can take your eyes off the goings on at Loch Garten for a few minutes, it's well worth having a look at the webcam for the new forest goshawks. Today the female is being really cooperative and is looking towards the camera! Have a look here . Make sure you have the sound on, the amount...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Possible Hartlaub's Tauraco sighting in East London

    I love London. You never know what you'll see next. This is amazing and a beautiful bird. Stating the obvious, it will be an escaped or released pet. They are naturally found in sub-tropical/tropical forests of Sudan and Ethiopia, at a height of about 2,200 to 3,200 metres. So, the big question...
  • Blog Post: Empty nest

    Despite a tragic start , there's been a happy ending for the Edinburgh sparrowhawks . After the original nest was predated and the female sparrowhawk went missing, we were worried we wouldn't have the chance to show people the secret life of these misunderstood birds. Luckily though the second...
  • Blog Post: Arrivals at Aberfoyle

    It's been a busy week or so up with the Aberfoyle ospreys with the hatching of all three of the eggs. The first chick made an appearance back on 29 May and the final chick arrived over the Jubilee Weekend. Not the best picture, but if you look really closely and squint a little you should be...
  • Blog Post: Phantoms of the New Forest

    Our date in the New Forest came to an end on the August Bank Holiday weekend. And it rounding off our busiest year since the project began in 2007, with a fantastic 22,000 visitors watching the goshawk and hobby nestcams at the Forestry Commission's New Forest Reptile Centre. The non-stop action...
  • Blog Post: Not the easiest of starts

    Despite a soggy start at Dove Stone , the peregrines there have been busy incubating eggs on their usual ledge in Ashway Gap quarry for the last 3 or 4 weeks. They really have proven themselves as a hardy pair by surviving the unexpected late snow, kicking it off their ledge, and the torrential rain...
  • Blog Post: Up, up and away

    There's been another fledging at Glaslyn . The eldest osprey chick, 77, fledged yesterday at 1:05 pm. She's the second of the three chicks to take to the skies, with her younger brother, 78, fledging last week. There's just the youngest chick, 79, left to go. To keep up to date with all that's...
  • Blog Post: Topsy turvy timings

    Guest blogger: Steph Morren, DwN officer for Beds and Herts With the unseasonably mild weather this autumn and winter (apart from the last week or so!), the wildlife in our region has been demonstrating some rather strange behaviour. We've had everything from ducklings being born in October and...
  • Blog Post: The pitter patter of tiny talons

    The first egg has hatched at Loch Garten !!!! For more details, check out the Loch Garten ospreys blog.
  • Blog Post: Hello?

    There's been a mysterious satellite signal received up at Loch Garten from an osprey that the team feared was lost. To find out who's caused all the commotion and how this year's chicks are getting on on their first migration, check out the latest post on the Loch Garten osprey diary blog...
  • Blog Post: Loch Garten latest

    The sun has set on this year's fun and games at Loch Garten osprey centre. The centre has closed its doors for another year, the team are taking a well earned rest and all we'll have are our fond memories of this year's osprey family to keep us going through the winter. You can read all the...
  • Blog Post: New neighbours move in

    Our red kites at Bwlch Nant yr Arian have some new neighbours. A pair of barn owls have taken up residence in the nest box on site and last weekend laid two eggs! There's a webcam in the nest box and the images are being beamed back to a screen in the Forestry Commission Wales visitor centre. So...
  • Blog Post: Fond farewell

    As August slips away, the ospreys that we've been lucky enough to follow over the last 4 or 5 months are starting to make their way south for the winter. The Loch Garten ospreys appear to be the first to be making a move. To find out who's set off and who's still hanging around check out...
  • Blog Post: The results are in for the New Forest goshawk chicks

    The New Forest goshawk chicks have been ringed and weighed, and the results are in...There's two girls and a boy! The team have worked this out using the chicks' weight, wing and leg measurements because at their age, the females are much heftier and leggier than the males. Jeremy Peters,...
  • Blog Post: Peregrine progeny perhaps?

    Well another Bank Holiday weekend is upon us and it’s high time I brought you up-to-date with the goings-on of Symonds Yat . Our young Nuthatches have flown and the viewpoint has become markedly quieter in their absence. We’re going to miss them. Nevertheless, I’m delighted to report...
  • Blog Post: Barn owl beauties

    Despite the sad news last week that the osprey nest had failed , there's still plenty to see up at Aberfoyle . A new swallow nest camera has been installed so visitors can see all the action from inside the nest and there's always the cute and cuddly barn owl chicks to keep everyone smiling....
  • Blog Post: The end of an era at Chichester?

    Over the last 12 years, spring at Chichester Cathedral has seen the return of the same pair of peregrines and over that time the pair have successfully raised a whopping 42 chicks. Now it looks like there could be a new man in town! And here he is! (Photo by Luke Dray) The first people to suspect...
  • Blog Post: Lucky Friday the 13 for Black Grouse walkers

    The ominous date was mentioned when the group met at Coed Llandegla at 5.15am on Friday 13 April. However, curlews and a tawny owl were heard calling through the darkness and eight black grouse were posing well on the lek when we arrived at the hide. After watching the lek for almost an hour, the grand...