October, 2014


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: time to take off

    Did you see Life Story on BBC1 last week? The cliff-jumping barnacle goslings were unforgettable (if you missed it, you can catch up on iPlayer)!

    Those geese were filmed on their mountainous breeding grounds in Greenland. Barnacle geese from Greenland migrate to spend winter with us in western Scotland, including on Islay where this photo was taken.

    And birds which come from Svalbard - an island far to the north of Norway - join us on the Solway Firth between England and Scotland.

    The next few months are great if you want to experience the sight and sound of real, wild geese in the UK, as they arrive from thousands of miles away. And we've got great places where you can see them.

    This beautiful moment was captured by Gordon Langsbury - browse more photos on RSPB Images.

  • Monday's magic moment: Looking pretty fly

    Happy Monday!

    Autumn really seemed to arrive over the last week. Yes it's still warm in my part of the world, but the ground is covered in golden leaves, I saw my first brent geese of the autumn and fungi are popping up here, there and everywhere.

    Now, I'm no fungi expert. But even I can identify this little beauty. It's almost certainly what you'd describe if asked to tell someone what a toadstool looks like. It's the mighty fly agaric. I've not seen any yet this autumn, but, just like the one in this image, they'll be popping up shortly. So keep your eyes peeled.

    Why not take a photo and let us know if you see one?

    Fly agaric emerging from autumnal leaves on woodland floor (Photo by Mark Sisson www.rspb-images.com).

    This image is from RSPB Images. have a browse and find something that makes you feel autumnal.

  • Monday's magic moment: autumn consolation

    What's the best thing about autumn? Bonfire night? A lie-in on 26 Oct? It's got to be that visual feast of autumn colours hasn't it?

    The beautiful reds, oranges and yellows that we see on broadleaf trees in mid autumn. 

    The conditions needed to make really good autumn leaf colour are dry cold days with lots of sunshine, so we're not off to a great start.

    But we can keep our fingers crossed that the weather changes and here's a taster of a some cracking autumn colour from the perpetually wet Lake District to give you some hope.

    Lake District in autumn by Guy Rogers for rspb-images.com

    This great image was taken for us by Guy Rogers for rspb-images.com