BLOGGER: Rachael Murray

‘'Owlbert' in Bedford streets to find nature volunteers!

A giant owl called ‘Owlbert’ is flapping around Bedford with his huge silver and green binoculars today. But rather than hunting for voles and mice, he’s searching for nature lovers who may want to raise money for local wildlife projects. 

We're aiming to raise £10,000 during our Love Nature Week (28 May to 5 June) and are looking for around 200 volunteers to get involved at 80 street collection sites across the Eastern Region . 

Most collectors will raise around £20 during one hour, which is enough to buy bug hunting or pond dipping kits for Bedfordshire youngsters visiting nearby RSPB nature reserve The Lodge. 

He usually lives in a large tree by the Thames. But Owlbert’s flap around the county is part of a two-month UK tour, which takes in Scotland and ends during Love Nature Week at the Hay Festival, Herefordshire. 

Anyone wanting to volunteer for Love Nature Week should chat to Owlbert in Bedford today, or visit

Owlbert hooted: “What a hoot, I’m just flying with excitement and can’t wait to meet lots of nature lovers keen to step up for nature and sign up for Love Nature Week. Come and give me a hug!”