July, 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!
  • Monday's Magic Moment: take me to the beach

    Forever influenced by the weather, this week's magic moment comes from my sun fueled daydreams of being by the sea side.

    Although our native otter usually stays near fresh water, these tracks tell the story of one that just found the ocean too inviting to refuse, and who can blame it?

     Otter tracks on Shetland beach

    This picture was taken in the Shetland Islands in June by Chris Gomersall. Why not take a look at our images archive (rspb-images.com)? You might even find some holiday inspiration! 

  • Dazzling summer jewels

    The sun continues to shine in rural Bedfordshire, bathing our UK HQ in glorious golden rays.

    Many of the hundreds of staff that work here, including me, enjoy our lunch hour by lazing out in the beautiful gardens we're luckily enough to have here. One place that's always busy though is the wildlife pond.

    Back when The Lodge was a stately home, this was a swimming pool! However, the only lengths you'll see these days come from our dazzling dragonflies.

    Twisting and turning, an emperor darts this way and that as he patrols his pond. Occasionally landing on the reeds, rushes and other water loving plants now inhabiting the pond, it's clear he's in charge!

    Emperor dragonfly in flight. Image by Gerodia (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gerodia/)

    But it's not just dragonflies that need water during this dry spell. Birds, mammals other insects are also rely upon a reliable fresh water source.

    So if you've not built that pond yet, why not think about it? Whatever the size of your garden, you'll be able to fit something in, even if it's just an upturned dustbin lid! In this heat, it's really helpful if you could put out water.

    There's loads of helpful advice on ponds pages, and why not have a look at Giving Nature a Home too?

    Have a great weekend everybody! And don't forget to let us know if you're digging a pond, or what your favourite visitor is. Can you beat Katie's kingfisher from a couple of weeks ago?

  • Monday's magic moment: taking a dip

    Bit hot that weekend, wasn't it? Did you take a dip in the sea?

    Now it wasn't really good weather for ducks this weekend (unless you were at Lord's!), but this female eider was joining thousands of Brits and cooling off in the sea.

    But you'd expect that from the UK's heaviest and fastest flying duck. They live exclusively on the coast - so maybe a warm spell is good weather for this duck at least!

    Female eider - image by Nick Upton (www.rspb-images.com)

    This is one of thousands of awesome wildlife shots on RSPB Images - our online photo library. Take a look and brighten up your day...