May, 2011

Wildlife

Wildlife
We're about more than just birds (though obviously we like them a lot).

Notes on nature

We love nature... from every little bug on a blade of grass to birds, butterflies, otters and oaks!
  • Monday's Magic Moment: moody Monday

    Ynys-hir nature reserve. Photo by Mike Read (rspb-images.com)

    I love this image by Mike Read, looking across a flooded field at Ynys-hir nature reserve - the soon-to-be star of Springwatch 2011!

    He's definitely captured the moody side of the reserve, but to me that's what makes this image so striking and beautiful.

    Check out some more moody images on RSPB Images.

  • This weekend... enjoy one of nature's great spectacles

    Gannet colony on Bass RockIt’s easy to forget that you don’t have to travel halfway around the world, to somewhere like the Serengeti, to see an amazing wildlife spectacle.

    At this time of year, there is little to rival the raucous clamour of a breeding seabird colony - and the UK plays host to some of the world’s biggest and best.

    For a few months each spring and summer these ‘seabird cities’ are home to an amazing array of different species including plunge-diving gannets, prehistoric-looking shags, and of course the unmistakable puffin.

    Too close for comfort

    Space is at an absolute premium in seabird colonies and thousands of birds cram into every available nesting site, giving you a great opportunity to witness the drama unfolding at close quarters.

    You’re likely to see nests perched perilously close to sheer cliff edges, puffins peeking out from the rabbit burrows that they’ve commandeered to raise their brood, and high-speed action as gannets hurtle head-first into the waves to catch fish.

    And with birds nesting within inches of each other, neighbourly disputes to rival those in soap operas are common!

    Make a date

    We’re running Date with Nature events at colonies across the UK, with staff on hand to explain the action, and many of our reserves are great places to experience the hustle and bustle of seabird cities.

    So why not make a day of it and experience one of natures great spectacles for yourself?

    The sights and sounds (not to mention the smells!) are truly breathtaking - there’s nothing quite like it!


    Oh, and if you happen to be in London this weekend, I'd recommend popping along to Selfridges. 

    Why on earth are you suggesting that, I hear you ask?! 

    Well, Selfridges have recently launched Project Ocean, a high-profile campaign to highlight the beauty and fragility of our oceans. 

    Their Oxford Street store has been decked-out with fantastic marine-themed displays and this Saturday 28 May we'll be running our very own event - so it would be great to see you there!

  • Monday's Magic Moment: The three amigos

    I couldn't help but raise a smile when I saw this photo of three young barn owls peeking out of a church quatrefoil.

    The trio look like they're just itching to fly the nest and get out into the big wide world.

    I wonder what adventures they're planning?!


    You can see this image, by Richard Brooks, as well as lots of other quirky wildlife photos in our image library.