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  • Blog Post: Give nature a home this half-term

    One highlight in any nature-lover’s calendar is coming very soon! National Nestbox Week 2018 is happening from the 14 th - 21 st February. Nestbox by Andy Hay (rspb-images.com) As soon as we’ve finished with our own valentine’s day, lots of our favourite feathered friends...
  • Blog Post: Pagham Harbour becomes a living classroom

    RSPB Pagham Harbour is nestled just on the coastline below Chichester, West Sussex. Its coastal location, combined with wide open farmland, a maze of reedbed, saltmarsh and mudflats make it one of our most diverse nature reserves, but also one of Sussex best kept secrets. Miles of narrow winding trails...
  • Blog Post: Swan wars episode 2 – revenge of the duck strikes back

    A new darkness has fallen. A new army of clone ducks is ruled by Donald Duck, who controls the ducks with …….. tweets. He is helped by Darth Huey, Darth Dewey, Darth Louie and Vladimir Puffin, even though he lives far, far away on a different land mass, although it is not blatantly obvious...
  • Blog Post: Mole Hills and Knitted Creatures

    What a week at Saltholme. It’s been wet and windy with a touch of snow thanks to storm Fionn. With the amount of water increasing so has the abundance of mole hills. Now on a walk down to the Saltholme Pools hide, you will notice the shear quantity of mole mounds. Moles are very elusive spending...
  • Blog Post: Sightings & Big Garden Birdwatch. Are you ready?

    The crack of ice. Paws and wet fur. In the chill of winter an otter is treading on ice. The water at Grisedale has been frozen for several days now. Otters have been very regular here. Even sleeping for the best part of an hour on an island in front of the hide one morning. The soft contact call of a...
  • Blog Post: Great Expectations

    As much as we may try to go through life with an open mind, our expectations always have an impact on our experiences. Some people come to Minsmere, as they have found out (quite rightly) that it’s a fantastic place to witness some extraordinary wildlife spectacles. Others may visit simply to...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating 2017 in the South East

    Christmas is a time for sharing, so we wanted to share some of our best 2017 moments with you in the run up to the holidays. We asked staff from across our South East reserves to send us their own personal ‘wow’ moments from this year, the little triumphs that remind them why...
  • Blog Post: Come and see us at a Christmas fair near you!

    Are you looking for unusual and ethical gifts this Christmas? Why not support your local RSPB, and see what handmade goodies you can find in our online shop or at our reserve Christmas fairs? With lots of local traders, festive food and fun, our Christmas fairs are a great way to get out in...
  • Blog Post: Going wild this winter

    As the days get shorter and the nights draw in, it becomes increasingly tempting to follow the lead of some of our native species and go into hibernation. But just because it’s a little chilly out, there’s really no excuse not to enjoy what nature has to offer. So here are 5 top tips...
  • Blog Post: Discover winter wildlife at RSPB Pulborough Brooks

    RSPB Pulborough Brooks is offering free entry to visitors between 25-26 th November, to encourage people to discover and celebrate the winter wildlife on the reserve. The annual free event is always popular, as visitors get to explore the miles of nature trails before warming up with coffee and...
  • Blog Post: Events for your wild things this half-term

    As Halloween approaches, creatures are hunkering down and hibernating, but across RSPB nature reserves, in the depths of enchanted forests, mystical marshes, frightening fens, and haunted heathlands there remain many beasts that go bump in the night. You don’t have to go far to experience...
  • Blog Post: Small Mammal Trapping

    Sunday saw the first of this years small mammal trapping demonstration. We do this for a few reasons: 1. To survey what small mammals we have on the reserve. 2. It gives the opportunity for our team to train and practice their skills. 3. It's a fantastic opportunity for you, our visitors...
  • Blog Post: Go wild this half term!

    Looking for some outdoor family activities this half term? Why not visit one of our reserves? We have a range of activities on offer below, or pick up a trail guide and explore our reserves for yourself! West Sussex: Festival of Fungi RSPB Pulborough Brooks Running until Tuesday 31 October,...
  • Blog Post: Life among the reeds

    The reedbed is one of Minsmere’s richest habitats. Home to some of the countries rarest species including bittern, bearded tit and marsh harrier, the reedbed provides fantastic shelter for nesting birds. A wealth of fish and invertebrate life thrive among a network of ditches, dykes and freshwater...
  • Blog Post: Woodland wanderings

    While Ian is powering through our 70 species list, I thought I’d sit back and take in the beauty of Minsmere from a different angle. For the next few blogs, I’m choosing to focus on the great variety of habitats our reserve has to offer. After all, it’s the sheer array of natural places...
  • Blog Post: Going wild in the Woods

    This summer I was in charge of Minsmere’s Summer holiday club ‘Wild Woods’. In theory, I was taking a leaf from the book of Forest School which encourages holistic child-led learning in nature. In practise, I essentially spent every Friday morning playing in the woods! While...
  • Blog Post: Rising to the challenge

    Guest blog by Sonya Miller-Smith, regular visitor [This was written a week or so ago, so some of the species mentioned may since have moved on - ed] When Ian asked our family to write about our sponsored birdwatch at Minsmere, I suspect he really had the children in mind, but they can barely lift...
  • Blog Post: A dummies guide to: bird ringing

    We’re always mentioning bird ringing here at Minsmere, and it’s only just occurred to me that not everybody will know what we mean by this. And to be honest before I joined the RSPB I had no clue about what it entailed either, so this week my blog is going to be a dummies guide to: bird ringing...
  • Blog Post: Lunchtime Bioblitz

    After being away for most of last week I feel like I have an awful lot of wildlife to catch up with! East scrape is a hive of activity at the moment, with fantastic views of avocets, black-tailed godwits and other visiting waders - however with families flocking in for the summer holiday activities...
  • Blog Post: Minsmere Summer Fun

    Summer is here at Minsmere, and regardless of the intermittent drizzle and occasional torrential downpours (where has the sunshine gone?!) we are starting our busy holiday programme of fun-filled family events. The week kick started with owl pellet dissection. For the people, like myself who spent...
  • Blog Post: Competition: Help us name our hen harriers!

    You may remember last month I blogged about our 2016 Perthshire female, DeeCee and her fantastic brood of five healthy chicks (see here ). Well, I’m now delighted to share that all five have fledged successfully from land owned and managed by Forestry Commission Scotland in Argyll – two of...
  • Blog Post: Exciting times: Hen harriers the next generation

    We've received more brilliant news this week - in her first ever breeding attempt, our Northumberland female, Finn, is successfully rearing one chick at her nest in Southwest Scotland! The discovery was made by specially trained and licensed staff following up on Finn's welfare. Finn's...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 rockpool treasures

    Today’s the last day of term for my kids. Their little heads are full of an endless, sun-soaked holiday, and I am madly searching for coastal campsites, desperately seeking anywhere that can squeeze us all in at short notice. One of the joys of a family trip to the beach is the rockpooling....
  • Blog Post: Are you ready for Big Wild Sleepout?

    Thousands of people will be pitching tents in gardens as part of our annual Big Wild Sleepout! Are you taking part? Running between 28 th and 30 th July, Big Wild Sleepout is free to take part in; all you need to do is register online at www.rspb.org.uk/sleepout , to find lots of fun ideas, activities...
  • Blog Post: Happy camping with the Wildlife Explorers

    Summer is here, and what better way to enjoy the great outdoors than to spend the night in it? Over the next few weeks many staff, volunteers and visitors will be pitching in with the RSPB Big Wild Sleepout , taking place at a variety of reserves all over the country. Last Saturday and Sunday was...