April, 2015


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: Serenaded by eiders...

    Male eider. Image by Ben Hall (www.rspb-images.com)

    Last week, I spent some time up on Northern Ireland's Rathlin Island. Whilst sitting in the harbour, I heard some strange noises coming from the rather dapper-looking bird in this picture. An eider duck.

    It doesn't do justice to describe it, so why not listen to it on our eider page?

    This image is one of thousands on RSPB images. Take a browse through, and if you something you like, you can even buy it as a canvas or print. 

  • Monday's magic moment: it's bluebell time!

    If you go down to the woods today... you could see some bluebells. The first purple flowers are bursting open at The Lodge right now.

    This photo was taken at our Gwenffrwd-Dinas nature reserve in Wales in May last year. Find out where else you could see bluebells soon.

    Bluebells are renowned for their beauty, but I enjoy the bright spring shades of green just as much (maybe even a bit more - don't tell anyone!).

    Browse RSPB Images to find more gorgeous photos like this one. You can order a print or canvas of any one that takes your fancy!

  • Monday's magic moment: child's play

    One of the nicest things about working on a nature reserve is that it really comes to life during the school holidays, particularly from Easter onwards.

    I love walking across the site here at The Lodge to go to a meeting or get a cup of tea, and hearing the delighted squeals of children enjoying nature and the fresh air.

    At home I'm constantly amazed and encouraged by how fascinating my daughter finds nature, and it's great fun being able to share in her journey of discovery.

    This last week we've been talking about birds and ducks laying eggs - she totally gets that but is thoroughly confused why humans don't do it as well!

    If you want to get your little chicks out in the fresh air, our reserves are great places to go. Some even do hands-on activities, as this lovely photo of two young girls getting close to nature at Loch Leven shows. The photo was by Andy Hay and comes courtesy of RSPB Images.