August, 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: bottoms up

    We hope you enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend, and are feeling all refreshed from three days off.

    Maybe you feel as refreshed as this female blackbird will after her quick dip?

    Female blackbird taking a dip in water

    For more refreshing images check out RSPB Images.

  • This weekend... mess about on the river

     In the classic children's book The Wind in the Willows, Mole, Ratty and Mr Toad like nothing more than spending a leisurely summer's day messing about on the river.

    So this Bank Holiday weekend, rather than fighting for a place to lay your towel on the beach, why not take a leaf out of their book and head for the peace and quiet of a river.

    From a secluded vantage point on a riverbank you might just be lucky enough to hear the quiet plop of a water vole as he slips into the water, catch the vibrant turquoise flash of a kingfisher dashing past, or see the long lean shape of an otter moving gracefully through the water.

    Even if these riverside creatures evade you, a day at the river is a feast for the senses. You're sure to be treated to the soundtrack of flowing water and the gentle whirr of  wings as dragonflies dart to and fro amongst the reeds. And nothing beats the refreshing chill of running water on weary toes after a long walk.

    A day by the river needn't be dull for the kids either. Taking to the water in a boat will keep budding sailors happy, and for those who like to keep their feet firmly on solid ground, a good old-fashioned game of Poohsticks is bound to bring out their competitive streak!

    Rivers are such good places to relax, unwind and really connect with nature that we've teamed up with our friends at WWF, the Angling Trust and the Salmon and Trout Association to run the Our Rivers Campaign.

    This year, our aim is to celebrate the very best rivers Britain has to offer, and identify those that could do with a little TLC.

    By completing our quick survey you'll be ensuring that your favourite rivers gets the recognition they deserve, and we'll be in a better position to safeguard them for the future.

  • Monday's Magic Moment: mini mouse

    Harvest mice are Europe’s smallest rodents, weighing in at just 4-6g – that’s the equivalent of a 20p piece! They have to be one of the cutest too.

    Not only are they cute, they also have an amazing prehensile tail that they can wrap around objects such as grass stems to steady themselves.

    This nifty tail, teamed with nimble little feet mean that harvest mice are expert climbers and can cling on to the flimsiest stems, just like this little chap.

    They’ve even been known to dangle by their tail, leaving their front feet free to collect food!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     




    If you’re as smitten by the cutie in Ben Hall’s image as I am, take a look at some more great harvest mouse photos on RSPB Images.