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  • Blog Post: Life in the desert

    After a few days in the cool lush foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Southern Spain, the coastal park of Cabo de Gata felt like a hostile place to be. It is what’s called a semi-arid environment, not as dry as the Sahara, but still a desert. The only crops that can grow without a greenhouse or...
  • Blog Post: Wild swimming

    Wild swimming (any swimming not in an artificial pool), is an exhilarating and unique way to experience our natural places. You have to know your limits and take precautions (see this article on the UK’s Wild Swimming website ). But, some rare incidents aside, there are millions who enjoy our...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... enjoy summer wildlife with us

    This weekend the days are long so there is more time to make the most of them - and we can help! Many of our nature reserves have fun events organised this weekend - we'd love to see you. Everyone is wellcome - you don't have to be a nature expert. We'll show you the best bits of summer...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... watch the master-builders

    Long-tailed tits have to be some of our most popular garden birds. They've got it all - they're cute, fluffy, sociable, make funny noises, they're quite tame and quite common. It's also easy to encourage them into your garden by offering treats like fat or cheese. What's not to like...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... create a Christmas tree for birds

    Christmas is the season of goodwill, so this weekend why not treat your garden birds to an early Christmas present? Decorating a tree in your garden with edible ornaments is a great way to help birds to fatten up and survive the cold winter weather, and will create a lovely festive focal point for...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... be an egg detective

    There are lots of eggs about at the moment. Lots of chocolate eggs, painted eggs and those random bits of eggshells you find in your garden or on the street. What are they doing there? Why would a bird leave an eggshell lying around? Empty shells at the nest could attract the attention of predators...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... say hello and goodbye

    Now the breeding season is all but over, small, sociable birds club together to roam around in a flock. Long-tailed tits , blue tits and great tits are some of the more common flock-formers. These flocks serve to provide safety in numbers, of course, but they can also mean that food sources can be...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...create a buzz in your garden

    Add a splash of colour to your garden this weekend by turning your balcony, patio, or window ledge into a miniature garden. Although window boxes , hanging baskets , planters and tubs may not be the largest of areas, you'll find lots of insects more than grateful for your efforts. Just imagine being...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... get a real buzz

    On a stroll around The Lodge today, it felt like spring! There was warmth from the sun, birds were singing all over the place, and a surprising number of insects had ventured out and about. If the weather's good for you this weekend, watch out for creatures like honeybees (as in the photo above...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...a change of scenery

    The journey home for Christmas. For some it might only be a tube ride or short commute from the office, but many will be migrating across the UK for the winter hols. When travelling it always strikes me how varied our habitats are, even between next-door counties, almost every one has some unique...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... go wild

    This weekend, when you've visited friends and family or had your fill of chocolate eggs, why not stretch your legs on one of our glorious nature reserves ? There are loads to choose from, from peaceful beaches to urban oases to tranquil woodlands. We're celebrating Easter in a variety of...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... get arty with leaves

    You can see some beautiful autumn colours if you head outdoors this weekend. Why not pick up some colourful fallen leaves and get arty with them? Here are some ideas to get those creative juices flowing. Take a look at Owen Mortensen's work for some inspiration. He creates fantastic shapes and...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...Take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch

    W ell, it’s finally here. The big weekend. You’ve done the preparation, you can only sit back and watch. Which is exactly what we want you to do! For just one hour on either Saturday or Sunday please sit down, take a look out of the window and count the birds in your garden. Oh, and then...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... have your cake and eat it

    Many of our nature reserves have cafes . And you know what that means: a scenic walk, a cup of coffee and a slice of something nice. Weekends don't get much better than this. Why not treat yourself - or someone you love? Go on - you know you want to!
  • Blog Post: This weekend....join the hunt

    The sun is shining, daffodils are starting to poke their yellow heads above the earth, and days are lengthening. This can surely only mean one thing - spring is sprung! So this weekend, hunt for signs of spring. It could be as simple as enjoying snowdrops in your garden, or visiting one our our...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... new arrivals

    The heralds of winter have arrived. In the north and east of the UK the fieldfares and redwings are arriving from Iceland and Scandinavia for the winter, and as they get here it’s also time to bid farewell to the swallows as they leave in their droves for warmer climes; a thoroughly sensible course...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...have a hoot with owls

    This is a great time of year to see and hear owls. You've got a good chance of seeing owls on many of our reserves - check out this list to see if there's a good place near you. If you live near Saltholme reserve (close to Stockton), you can drop into their owl watch between 11am and 2pm on...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... see the singers

    It feels like it's been cold, grey and gloomy outside for months now. When will it end? To me, hibernation seems like an increasingly attractive option... But as I gaze out of the office window into the murk, there's a little voice of optimism coming from the hazel tree by the gate. For...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Christmas: 15

    This weekend... keep your eyes on the skies As it gets dark, why not have a go at some star gazing? You don't have to be an expert, you don't need any special equipment (although you can use binoculars if you have some) and it's free and fun! Kids can take part too because it gets dark...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...keep fit by avoiding the gym

    If you made any new year resolutions, chances are they will have included one of the following: Get fit or do more exercise Lose weight Spend more time with friends or family And that, my friends, is where we come in. In 2011, we bring to you our state-of-the-art, all-purpose outdoor gyms...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...Find a winter spectacle

    With the long, dark nights, and chilly temperatures winter is certainly here now. And with it, winter brings some truly amazing wildlife spectacles. So why not find one for yourself this weekend? A pink sky I’m off to Wash. Hopefully I’ll be able to see one of my favourite wildlife...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... have a merry Christmas!

    You don't need to be told what to do this weekend...! But if you're after advice on how to give your garden visitors a festive treat, we have everything you need to know about feeding birds . Merry Christmas from the Notes on Nature team.
  • Blog Post: This weekend...make your own Christmas wreath

    Are you looking for something to brighten up your place this Christmas? How about making your very own Christmas wreath? In a couple of weeks time, we’ll be asking you to share photos of your wreaths, so why not get a get start by making yours this weekend? What do I need? Wreaths are...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...it's cuckoo time

    'Cu-ckoo! Cu-ckoo!' One bird that needs little introduction is the cuckoo . Sadly, however, cuckoo numbers are on the decline and in 2009 it joined the red list of endangered British birds. We don't really know the reasons for their decline - it could be that the African forests...