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  • Blog Post: Corncrake and cake!

    Charlotte Mackenzie, Communications and Youth Officer at RSPB Scotland, fills us in on a great community project taking place in Durness. Corncrake and cake! One of my earliest memories is being given some paints by my granny so my passion for art must have started at a very young age! I was...
  • Blog Post: Volunteering at Wild Wednesdays - by Eleanor

    My name is Eleanor but most people know me as Ellie. I have always enjoyed being outdoors since I was a young child and believe that all children should have the opportunity to be involved and learn about local wildlife and nature. I am currently training to become a primary school teacher at University...
  • Blog Post: Go nuts for my latest blog

    I woke up the other day aware that I had to write a blog for you guys, but for the life of me I couldn’t think of something to write about. Then I set foot inside my living room and just like fate, there it was... the idea for my latest blog. The best way to start a morning, waking up...
  • Blog Post: Sunny Sightings

    It looks like summer has finally arrived at RSPB Sandwell Valley. The last two days have been gloriously sunny with bright blue skies and a warm breeze, and the wildlife, volunteers and visitors alike have all been enjoying the change in weather. As we say goodbye to spring, we’ve been delighted...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blog: Join Bo the hen harrier at Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival 2017

    Originally from London but a resident of Lancashire for 17 years with a love of the surrounding countryside and wildlife, Helen Ficorilli is the Programme Director of the Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival, which has taken up residence in the Forest of Bowland over the last seven years. Here she tells...
  • Blog Post: It's Thyme for a New Project...

    When someone says the word ‘garden’ you might think of flowers or grass or trees – but how often do you think of herbs? Now that the weather is brightening up we’ve got more projects on the horizon, and our work parties are out and about across the reserve doing all sorts of things...
  • Blog Post: EJ the Snow Queen!

    Well, well, well, it has been an exciting few days here at Loch Garten! With a drop in temperature, we have seen the reserve covered in blankets of snow, which has only added to magic of the center's peaceful setting. Monday and Tuesday, our ancient pines adorned a soft coat of thick, bright white...
  • Blog Post: Much ado about May

    Well, spring is now in full bloom and the reserve is beginning to look marvellously colourful once again. Despite the odd snow showers (the British weather never seems to be able to make its mind up about what season it is nowadays!) RSPB Sandwell has been bustling with visitors, both regular and new...
  • Blog Post: The next generation

    As EJ and Odin settle in to their incubation period, after successfully laying their three eggs last week, the Osprey Team are also relaxing somewhat, after a very busy and fun Easter holidays. The past two weeks have seen the center alive with children whizzing around, enjoying their time off by learning...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blog: Music on the Marr hen harrier t-shirt competition

    Richard Johnstone is the organiser of the Music on the Marr folk festival, which takes place in Cumbria each summer. Here he tells us why the hen harrier has been chosen as the symbol of this year's festival and how the artistic amongst you could see your very own hen harrier design emblazoned across...
  • Blog Post: Migrating North...

    Hello! My name is Alice and I am new to the Loch Garten team this season. I am joining the team as a Visitor Experience Officer and I can't quite believe my luck! EJ and Odin are two very encaptivating, endearing characters and I love watching what they get up to everyday. There are currently...
  • Blog Post: Sandwell Valley nature reserve looking to set roots in the local community

    As you would expect, nature reserves have a significant impact on local wildlife. Providing refuge from habitat loss, reserves are managed to create homes for all kinds of nature. What is often overlooked is the fact that nature reserves also have an impact on local human communities. When people...
  • Blog Post: The Tale of the Tree Stump Chair

    The sun might not be shining quite as brightly as yesterday, but that hasn’t deterred our work parties from continuing their projects. Whatever the weather you can always be sure to spot a volunteer out on the reserve clad in wellington boots and a cheerful smile. The cherry blossom and crocuses...
  • Blog Post: Conservation Corner

    The work party have been hard at work on the lake this week. They had a bit of a grey and cloudy start today but the weather seems to have brightened up this afternoon. There are around fifteen small islands on the reserve which are mostly viewable from the Visitor Centre, but you can see them close...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Aimée

    New(ish) RSPB recruit Aimée Nicholson talks about her work as Community Engagement Officer in England for the Hen Harrier Life Project. I have been working for the Hen Harrier Life Project for a little while now so I thought it was about time I introduced myself to you all. My role involves...
  • Forum Thread: Help with bird identification.

    Last summer i was unable to identify a bird, here are the details. Location, Shropshire Union Canal, near Nantwich, Cheshire. The bird was Robin sized, slightly darker brown than a Robin. It was in the undergrowth at the bottom of a hedge a few yards from the tow path. It was skulking about and making...
  • Blog Post: From a bird found, to a bird lost

    As far as positive starts to the New Year go; the news of the possible rediscovery of our missing 2014 female, Highlander, was a pretty fantastic way to kick off 2017. This was shortly followed by a phone call from a farmer in Cumbria who was only too delighted to tell me about the hen harriers roosting...
  • Blog Post: Guest blog: Hen Harrier at RSPB Wallasea Island

    Andrew Armstrong is a wildlife photographer local to RSPB's Wallasea Wetlands reserve. Andrew’s stunning hen harrier photographs first came to our attention on Twitter where he posts under @drumon25. Impressed by his passion for the birds which clearly shines through his photography, we invited...
  • Blog Post: Yes to nature-friendly farming!

    The end of the year brings to a close a pioneering three-year project that we’ve been leading in the Fens. The big aim has been to raise awareness of nature-friendly farming in the Ouse Washes landscape, which is a particularly rich area for farmland wildlife, particularly birds. Image: Turtle...
  • Blog Post: The autumn outdoor classroom: a lesson on hen harriers and special landscapes

    Katy Saulite is the Hen Harrier LIFE Project's Community Engagement Officer for Scotland, working with local schools and community groups in areas where hen harriers should be, to raise awareness and promote the conservation of these spectacular skydancers. At the beginning of September I had...
  • Blog Post: Follow that bird! Hen harrier satellite maps go live

    I'm delighted to announce the launch of our hen harrier satellite tracking maps on the Hen Harrier LIFE Project website: www.rspb.org.uk/henharrierlife . Already the stories are fascinating – just look at where Donald has gone... Please make sure to log on with Internet Explorer as...
  • Blog Post: Grouse shooting: An opportunity for change - how you can help

    As a result of over 123,000 people signing a petition by Mark Avery, calling for a ban on driven grouse shooting, the future of this industry and the way our uplands are managed will be debated in parliament in just two weeks, on the 31st October. This is an incredibly important and rare opportunity...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Katy: inspiring schools and communities about hen harriers

    Guest blog from Katy Saulite, one of our two Community Engagement Officers for the Hen Harrier LIFE Project. Hello everyone. I feel like it is long overdue that I introduce myself as one of two community engagement officers working as part of the Hen Harrier LIFE Project. As part of this introduction...
  • Forum Thread: Free walks to celebrate 80 years of the Campaign for National Parks

    On Saturday 30th July campaigning organisation 38 Degrees and the charity Campaign for National Parks are celebrating our nation’s most beautiful landscapes. They're hosting free organised walks and natural art workshops at every national park in England, Scotland and Wales. 80 years ago...
  • Blog Post: Ruth Lawton- Super Ranger! RSPB Sandwell Valley's Volunteers

    This blog is one in a series we are running about the fabulous volunteers that keep RSPB Sandwell Valley alive and thriving. We want to show off the amazing mix of people who come here from all walks of life helping save nature and inspiring others about wildlife on our reserve, and we want to encourage...