June, 2013

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!
  • Why the Someset Wetlands are like Glastonbury...

    Hot on the heels of Monday’s post about a British institution, today it’s the turn of another...

    It’s late June and the rain is sluicing down outside my window. It can only mean one thing: Glastonbury is back! Yep, the festival of music, mayhem and mud is here again.

    It got me thinking. Is there any West Country wildlife that enjoys life wet and muddy? Cranes, I thought.

    As well making lots of noise with their bugling call, they too are back in Somerset after an absence. Although, in the cranes case it is a lot longer than the year off Glastonbury has had!

    Yooung cranes and surrogate parents in the Somerset Levels. Phot by Nick Upton (www.rspb-images.com)

    An ambitious reintroduction scheme is putting the cranes back where they belong – in the wetlands of the Somerset Levels.

    As you can see in the picture,  just like Glastonbury, there are people in strange clothes! Here the surrogate parents are dressed up as adult cranes, teaching the youngsters how to forage and generally about life as a crane.

    I’d like to think that the cranes will turn the levels into something akin to Glastonbury: muddy and full of thousands making a lot of noise!

    And maybe, just maybe, in a few years time the revellers will watch as a flock of cranes fly over the pyramid stage as the sun drops behind it and one of the acts is rocking out. What a headline act that would be!

  • Monday's magic moment: anyone for strawberries?

    I hear there's something going on down in London this week?

    Something to do with strawberries and cream maybe? Anyway, here's a photo of a wild strawberry plant - can't imagine that the punters will be scoffing too many of these on Henman Hill this week.

    But they do look a lot nicer than the supermarket variety, don't you think? Wild strawberries are actually edible, and are part of our natural heritage - just like Wimbledon.

    Wild strawberry. Image by Mike Lane (www.rspb-images.com)

    This is one of thousands of great nature images from RSPB Images. This one is by Mike Lane, but there's one there for every mood. Have a browse today!

  • Giving Nature a Home

    We've launched our brand new campaign, Giving Nature a Home today. Did you catch Linda Barker on Daybreak? If not, you can watch it back by clicking here: 121viIn

    So, what can you do to give nature a home? Put up a bat box? Create pond? Update your garden with some wildlife-friendly plants? Or maybe the whole family will pitch in and build a wildlife stack like the one below... It's dead easy and lots of fun!

    Find out how you can give nature a home by downloading our free guide here.