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  • Blog Post: 'Desperate Times, Desperate Measures' & St. Aidan's Sightings

    January is a long and desperate month for us; cold, mostly dark and goes on forever. For birds and other wildlife, it is February, which is just around the corner. Food is scarce and hard to find, the nights are still long, the temperatures low (in the main) and bird’s hormones are kicking in to...
  • Blog Post: After the storm...

    I know it's a very British trait to always be talking about the weather, but when the weather is as variable as ours it's perhaps not a surprise that it's such a frequent topic of conversation. Having seen how much disruption has been caused by snow in Scotland and Northern Ireland, I suppose...
  • Blog Post: Hurray for Hedgerows!

    Mersehead Recent Sightings 6 th - 12 th January It was another cold and bright start to the week with temperatures dropping to lows of -4 degrees overnight. However, with hundreds, if not thousands of Barnacle geese making their morning flight from their roosting areas to the grass fields around Mersehead...
  • Blog Post: The Big Plant Out on RSPB Wiltshire reserves

    Volunteers have provided a befitting flourish of wildflower planting at the finale of the three year Heritage Lottery Fund “Saving Our Magnificent Meadows” project. This autumn and winter they have gathered time and time again to wield mattocks and trowels in the cause of giving nature a...
  • Blog Post: More milestones

    For most of the last year you'll have read many references to Minsmere's 70th anniversary, and hopefully taken part in our 70 species challenge. This was a significant milestone for Minsmere, but today I celebrate two big milestones of my own. Firstly, I am proud to say that I have now been...
  • Blog Post: New Blogger Gael - Midwinter meander at St Aidan's

    The third and final of our new team of blogging volunteers is Gael - she recently started photographing wildlife and hasn't looked back! Here's her experience of a blustery walk around St Aidan's with me before Christmas: 'One of my few memories of primary school is a lesson where we...
  • Blog Post: Ringing the changes

    Seasons have shifted and there any many changes to report on at Ynys-hir since the last blog. Firstly, August saw the welcoming of 3 interns for their 9 month posting; Darran, Philippa and Naomi. All will be working on site creating homes for nature and improving the experience for visitors. Our recent...
  • Blog Post: A week in the life of Coombes Warden Interns

    This month's blog gives you a behind the scenes look at a typical working week for our hard working volunteer warden interns. (Kirsty and Charlotte current Warden Interns c/o Kirsty Forrester) Our general week: Monday: Checks. Each Monday we walk the trails around the two RSPB sites...
  • Blog Post: St Aidan's recent sightings blog

    Winter is bringing in the migrants at St Aidan’s now, and the Hillside has proved a good spot to see them. Monday brought in some great sighting of fieldfare this week. These are very social birds, spending the winter in flocks of anything from a dozen or two, to several hundred strong. This...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating our volunteers

    Every year, the RSPB team in Eastern England gets together to celebrate some of the wonderful conservation work and visitor developments around the region. This year it was our turn to host this event on the Suffolk coast, so last week we gathered at Ufford Park Hotel, Golf and Spa near Woodbridge last...
  • Blog Post: What have we been up to at St. Aidan's?

    It has been a busy summer and it looks set be an even busier winter for the warden team at St Aidan’s nature park. With just under 1000 acres of habitat and 12 kilometres of paths to maintain the work never stops! So what has happened this summer? With a big reserve like St Aidan’s...
  • Blog Post: Meet our intern!

    Guest blog by Anelia Petrova - Conservation Intern at Minsmere Hello everyone, I’m Anelia and I’m a Conservation Intern. The first leg of my internship was at Frampton Marshes, where I worked for six months, and now I’m settled at Minsmere for another six months. I’m enjoying...
  • Blog Post: 5 reasons Residential Volunteering is a must!

    Residential Volunteering opens up a whole world of opportunities, from meeting new people and getting closer to nature to boosting your CV and gaining new skills. Here, Glasgow University student Lorna Beattie tells us all about her experience at our Loch Lomond reserve... Why V olunteer? As a...
  • Blog Post: My RSPB volunteering adventure

    On Tuesday, our Bristol-based Nature's Home magazine team headed out on a mission to ‘get under the bonnet’ of the RSPB’s work, get our hands dirty (literally - seriously, they got good and filthy!) and enjoy a day’s volunteering on a wetland island at RSPB Ham Wall, in the...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating Magnificent Meadows

    The successes of the HLF Save Our Magnificent Meadows project on RSPB’s Wiltshire reserves were celebrated with an event at the Newton Tony Memorial Hall near RSPB Winterbourne Downs on 16 th September 2017. This was also an opportunity to thank all the volunteers who had helped deliver the project...
  • Blog Post: Volunteering with RSPB Cymru

    Guest blog by RSPB Cymru Volunteer, Sian Bettley My name is Sian Bettley. I am 14 years old and I have just finished my first three months volunteering with RSPB Cymru. I haven’t volunteered for a charity or organisation before but the RSPB was definitely a great one to work with. I started...
  • Blog Post: St Aidan's September Sightings

    After a relatively quiet August, it’s all ‘kicking off.’ For the humans, six benches have been installed around St Aidan’s and four more will follow soon. However, be prepared to share … Kestrels, red kites, buzzards, hobbies, peregrines, sparrowhawks and marsh harriers...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife Supporter Advisor Volunteer - join the team!

    They say variety is the spice of life, well this (perhaps, rather unsurprisingly) also applies to a typical day with the Wildlife team of the Supporter Services department here at the Lodge (RSPB Headquarters) in Sandy, Bedfordshire. Despite our mixture of academic and knowledge based backgrounds, the...
  • Blog Post: Full line up of events for Glasgow Wildfest 2017!

    We’re proud to announce the full line up of events for Glasgow Wildfest 2017! The leaflet is on its way to the printers right now, but you can download an electronic version at the end of this blog, so you don’t have to wait to find out what’s on. This is our fourth annual Wildfest...
  • Blog Post: Spotlight on the Secrets of Moths (Warden Intern, Andy)

    One of my favourite jobs as a warden intern here is light-trapping and identifying our moths. We have thousands of species of moth here in the UK, and many are found in the Aire Valley reserves. Moths are mysteriously drawn to light, particularly light that is rich in ultraviolet and at times when the...
  • Blog Post: Red kites on the up in County Down

    GUEST BLOG by Alan Ferguson, Red Kite Project Officer at RSPB NI Next year will mark 10 years since the ground-breaking reintroduction of red kites in Northern Ireland. In 2008, RSPB NI, the Golden Eagle Trust and the Welsh Kite Trust began the ambitious project to bring these magnificent birds...
  • Blog Post: Volunteering at RSPB Cors Ddyga

    guest blog by RSPB Cymru Volunteer, John Lamb My name is John, I've been volunteering for the RSPB since I took early retirement in 2001. However, months before retiring I decided to study the environment through the Open University and to gain practical experience as a residential volunteer...
  • Blog Post: GET INVOLVED: Other ways of helping nature

    Last September we advertised some opportunities on the Countryside Job Service website called “It’s not just about getting muddy at the RSPB” which could have easily been written today at RSPB Cors Ddyga! As well as plenty of outdoor and practical volunteering roles there are hundreds...
  • Blog Post: Strange Visitors to Fairburn Ings - Joe's 60th Anniversary Blog

    Memory sharing is underway at Fairburn Ings to celebrate the reserve's 60th Anniversary. Here are some of long time visitor and volunteer- Joe Seymour's memories and own photos to prove them! My love for the natural world began as a young boy when my grandma signed me up to the Wildlife Explorers...
  • Blog Post: Breeding Bird Surveys - Ginny's Wonderful Sightings and Photographs!

    I retired from teaching in December 2009 after a career that spanned 34 years. However I had a cunning plan…. Catch up on jobs, pick up old hobbies, catch up with friends, have a project, enjoy days out, volunteer and learn something new (photography!). The plan to volunteer led me to Fairburn...