February, 2015

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: Is spring on its way?

    You could be forgiven for thinking that today as the weak winter sun beats down outside.

    For our grey herons though, spring is here! Well, the breeding season anyway. 

    They are one of our earliest breeding species, and you can often see them at this time of year adding to their huge nests. High up in tall trees, you might be lucky enough to see them in your local park. Keep an eye out for the punk rock hairstyle of the youngsters though!

    Grey heron in flight with twigs. Photo by Richard Revels (www.rspb-images.com)

    Have you seen any early breeding species yet this year? Let me know by commenting on this post.

    The image above by Richard Revels is one of thousands from RSPB Images. Take a look and find something that will make you smile this spring.

  • What happens when the RSPB teams up with a clothing company?

    The answer is a brand new, witty t-shirt that you’ll look great in and raises money for nature.

    British clothing company, Weird Fish recently launched a competition to come up with the best pun for an RSPB T-shirt. There were some great ideas from the competition, and these were whittled down to just three.

    One of Weird Fish’s talented artists then worked up the pun into some artwork for the shirt, and asked fans to vote for the winner.

    Here’s the winning design:

    Winning design for RSPB T-shirt

    The winner was the ‘Lord of the Wings’ design, and is now available in our online shop. £9 from each sale will go directly to us, helping our vital conservation work across the UK.

    So why not grab yourself the shirt – you’ll be looking great and our nature will benefit!

    Weird Fish are a good fit for us to partner with, as they share our love of the outdoors. Their clothes are tough, practical and a little bit different. Their witty t-shirts have become highly collectable.

    John Stockton, managing director at Weird Fish, explains: “Weird Fish makes clothes for people who enjoy nature and getting outdoors. Through partnering up with the RSPB, we’re able to make a difference to the green spaces and surrounding communities across the UK, which is something our customers care about, too.”

  • Why the Big Garden Birdwatch is so special for Susan and her Mum

    With just one week left before the deadline for submitting results for the Big Garden Birdwatch (Monday 16 February) we thought we would share this lovely story about two people and their love of this annual nature watching event. Susan Andrews and her mother have been taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch for over 10 years. Over the last few years, Susan’s mother began to forget things, and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia. But when they sit down together to record the birds in the garden each January, something special happens.Take a look at  the video and listen to the full clip from BBC Radio 4

    We think that Susan’s story is a wonderful illustration of how bringing nature into our lives can have a real impact on our health and wellbeing. Even just stopping for an hour to enjoy the birds in your garden can make a difference. Along with the Wildlife Trusts and other conservation and health organisations, the RSPB is calling on politicians to include our Nature and Wellbeing Act in their manifestos in the run up to the General Election. You can read more about our campaign here, and contact your MP to ask them if their party will Act for Nature.

      

    And don’t forget, if you took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch this year, please submit your results by 16 February.  


    Photos: Antique bird pictures provided by David Tilleke at the Antique Print Shop