April, 2014

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: emerging from a pond near you

    Have you seen your first damselfly of the year yet? I saw my first, a large red damselfly, at The Lodge last week, on the warm, south-facing heath. If you get a spell of warm weather near you, head to a pond or lake and see if you can spot any.

    This beautiful photo was captured by Nick Upton and is part of our RSPB Images picture library.

  • Monday's magic moment: washing is fun!

    Happy Monday everybody!

    Here's a picture of a kittiwake enjoying itself - I hope it brings as big a smile to your face as it does to mine!

    Kittiwake

    Taken by Andrew Parkinson, it shows a kittiwake having a very over-exuberant wash! Normally you see images of these dainty gulls gracefully patrolling cliff faces, or surveying the sea below, but this one shows a different side!

    It's one of thousands of photos on RSPB Images. Why not take a look and see a different side to your favourite species?

  • Monday's magic moment: bear in the woods

    I saw a bear at the weekend, it was great.

    Granted it was at Whipsnade zoo and I was safely on the right side of the fence but given that the brown bear (Ursos arctos), as this was, used to live in England what I liked most about seeing this animal, was that the woodland habitat in its enclosure was probably not too dissimilar to its natural setting.

    The same couldn't be said for the lions and tigers, but bears... yes.

    Brown bear in Finland by Edwin Kats (rspb-images.com)

    This reminded me of a TED talk I saw last year about re-wilding. This is the interesting idea of reintroducing the big, charismatic animals that used to live here like, wolf, lynx and bison.

    Sounds scary to think of going for a stroll with the possibility of a bear encounter, but these animals are so cool I would happily support some trials to bring them back to the UK and make our countryside that much more interesting.

    This image was taken in Finland by Edwin Kats rspb-images.com, excellent job!