March, 2013

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Bugs, Birds and Beasts in the East

All of our up to date fun and frolics in the East from office antics to great conservation stories and those magical connections with nature.
  • Warming up for Spring - by Erica Howe

    I will admit something to you now. Don’t get me wrong, i love all seasons and winter certainly has it’s own charm. However, I am seriously ready for Spring. I am ready to walk to work without my hat and gloves and my three pairs of socks! I am ready for the sun to warm my chilly cheeks and for the lush green gardens to re-emerge from their hibernations! And, I am ready to wake up to bird song once again.


    Snow drops by Andy Hay (rspb-images.com)

    Barely into March, and i am already treated to beautiful birdsong at dawn and dusk. Great tits hopping along branches, excited to be prospecting for a potential nest site and mistlethrush sitting high in tree tops marking their territories - the precious beginnings of life. Everything is starting to warm up – including my toes!

    There has been many a poetic word written about this seasonal shift. The magical ‘dawn chorus’ that will soon be upon us. Conjuring up all kinds of fantastic imagery to convey how wonderful this seasonal event is. But, this turning of the season; the dawn chorus, the chatting birds, can be summed up quite simply in my eyes. It is like music for your soul. And It makes you feel alive. My face beams when my morning stroll is accompanied with a cacophony of enthusiastic birds.


    Great tit by Ben Hall (rspb-images.com)

    The season isn’t immediate upon us though, instead it’s quietly showing flashes of brilliant green newness like an orchestra warming up for the Proms. Nature is gently creaking out of the slowness of winter with few notes here and there. Tempting and teasing us. But when it finally does get going – What a show!

    There is plenty of opportunity to get out there and witness the arrival of Spring, and embark on the Great Escape of Winter! Dawn Chorus events are sprinkled across RSPB Nature Reserves like snow drops popping up along the hedgerows. In the coming weeks you can take advantage of the RSPB’s Great Escape offer and visit anyone of these nature reserves

    As part of this Spring offering just round the corner, we’re making it even easier for you to step outdoors with our Great Escape vouchers. You can download one from our RSPB in the East social media pages and redeem it for a great offer at one of seven RSPB nature reserves in the eastern region.


    Enjoying a walk at RSPB Minsmere by David Tipling (rspb-images.com)

    I for one will be out and about in March, enjoying the sun on my face and the soundtrack in my ears! Hopefully, I will bump into you.

  • Who's your wildlife hero? Mine's my mum

    (Article from the EDP Saturday March 16th)

    Who’s your wildlife hero? David Attenborough? Michaela Strachan? Skippy the Bush Kangaroo?


    Image by Eleanor Bentall (rspb-images.com)

    Mine’s a little closer to home. She’s a wildlife heroine and she’s my mum.
    I went to visit my parents last weekend (Mother’s Day was on Sunday 10th, in case you’d forgotten) and spending time in my family home made me realise just how much I have to thank my mum for my love of nature.

    Ok, so she hasn’t single-handedly saved a species from extinction or chained herself to any trees (that I’m aware of), but she does little things every day that make her small part of the world better for wildlife. Alongside working and taking care of the family she finds time to fill the bird feeders every morning. She‘s slightly obsessive about things being neat (she has the neatest airing cupboard you’ll ever see) but she’s planted a wildlife friendly garden and keeps it untidy for the wildlife that calls it home; because that’s the way they like it. She buys free range everything. She composts and recycles and is a member of the RSPB.


    Flatford Wildlife Garden in Suffolk

    So what, you’re thinking? Anyone could do those things. Well exactly; anyone could, but not everyone does!

    I’m a staunch believer that we all have the potential to make a big difference in the world. Apathy is the degenerate disease of the 21st Century because there are some big problems out there. Sometimes they feel so big that it’s easier to say “there’s nothing I can do” than “I can make a difference”. If any of you have seen or read Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell you’ll recognise this quote. “My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?”


    Titchwell beach by Andy Hay (rspb-images.com)

    My mum takes small steps for nature. She inspired me to do the same. Perhaps reading this will inspire you to take a step for nature as well. Little things add up to a big difference, it’s easy to get started and I promise you’ll love the feeling it brings. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

    Get outdoors this weekend, reconnect to nature and remind yourself of why it’s worth taking those little steps. You can use one of our Great Escape vouchers (find us on Twitter or Facebook at ‘RSPB in the East’ to download one for free) to visit a beautiful RSPB nature reserve near you. Want to do something more? Support the work of the RSPB through membership at www.rspb.org.uk/join or volunteer with us. More a stay-at-home type? Make your garden a wildlife haven with Homes for Wildlife at www.rspb.org.uk/hfw.

     

    Whatever you do just remember: together we can make a difference.

  • Safeguard our sea life - 28 seconds worth sharing by Heather G.

    Wes, one of the small but dedicated team working at Coquet Island, made this video to help encourage people to show their much needed support for our sealife.  It's brilliant - just 28 seconds long, worth watching, and worth sharing (please......).

    The consultation for England's seas closes at the end of this month , and the process is currently stuck in Northern Ireland - so show your support today at www.rspb.org.uk/marine