You will find out about all the exciting stuff going on with the RSPB in the east of the UK. We cover our sites in the following counties: Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, and some of our great Lincolnshire ones. So if you are if you have never heard of the Strumpshaws and Snettishams or Stour Estuary or Sutton Fens here is you chance.
This month we have had more fantastic news from the #SnettsHide appeal. An individual has kindly donated £30,000 towards rebuilding the hide at RSPB Snettisham! And, the icing on the cake? We also received a cheque from a community trust for £2,000. This means we are nearly half way to reaching our target.
We continue to apply for further funding and if you do have any ideas, thoughts, suggestions or contacts you think we should be talking to, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, as always, for your support.
The Snettisham Crowd.
Head out into the garden first thing in the morning and witness these eight-legged creatures weave glistening dew-dropping webs.
Look out for mushrooms and toadstools in enchanted forests. If you’re very quiet you might see fairies resting there. Look, don’t touch! Use our fungi-finder bingo sheet to help you spot an amazing array of fungi.
Admire the colours of berries against autumnal leaves on tremendous trees. If you’re confident forage blackberries and sloes for free and make potions in nature’s kookiest kitchen.
After jumping in and out of squelching puddles, look at the crunchy leaves on the woodland floor. All kinds of creepy crawlies will be setting up an autumn home down on the ground. Learn which critter is which with out guide to ground minibeasts.
Following an autumnal storm take a trip to the coast. Look for the shells that marine wild things call home, left behind after high tides. You might even find a crab sheltering under rocks. Learn your whelks from your mussels with this seashell survey guide.
Not sure where your local #wildthings are? Search for your local nature reserve here
Share photos with us of the #wildthings you find, and your own little #wildthings using the hashtag on social media. Tag @RSPBintheEast so we can see the #wildthings
Whenever I stand on the sea wall at RSPB Wallasea Island, with the dust-muddied estuarine water lapping at the sea aster, looking at an egret silhouetted against clouds resting on the tide, mottling the sun, I feel wholly wild.
Inside all of us is a wild thing. It gnashes, it gnaws and it roars, like an encroaching tide, desperate to be sated, longing to be let out. The beast within that we dampen in our day-to-day living is just craving the wilderness – the very thing that makes it whole.
It is our reserves like Wallasea, and others across the east that enable us to unleash our wild thing. Whether the sights and sounds shake you, calm you, chill you or fill you – our wild places make you feel. We need to feel. We need time for ourselves. Most importantly, we need to connect.
Our wild thing needs to connect with the landscape, because it is our wild thing that moves us to care and make a difference. Our wild thing empowers us to take action and speak up with for nature. Ultimately, our wild things and the places that make them enrich our lives.
If you have been taming your wild thing, make sure you unleash it this autumn. Here's a list of places for the big kids among us to unleash our inner wild thing, and the top #wildthings you can see this autumn:
RSPB The Lodge
RSPB Ouse Fen
RSPB Fen Drayton
RSPB Wallasea Island
RSPB Canvey Wick
RSPB Rye Meads
RSPB Frampton Marsh
RSPB Freiston Shore
RSPB Strumpshaw Fen
RSPB Titchwell Marsh
RSPB Lakenheath Fen