July, 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: Shooting the breeze

    White-tailed eagle. Image by Chris Gomersall (www.rspb-images.com)

    We'd been searching all day when I spied a distinctive shape wheeling through the summer sky.

    Grabbing a scope, the telltale image of one of Scotland's most iconic birds swiftly came into focus.

    A white-tailed eagle, feathered fingers fluttering on the breeze, was eyeballing us from above.

    I had been keen to see this incredible bird for years and finally, here it was, shooting the breeze off the coast of the Isle of Mull.

    This image by Chris Gomersall captures this hugely powerful raptor in all its glory.

    Find it and more like it at RSPB Images.

  • Monday's magic moment: new discoveries

    Last week I got my first ever peek at a natterjack toad. My manager and I were having a catchup while strolling round the grounds here at the Lodge when she spotted some natterjack toadlets in one of the ponds.

    They were tiny little creatures, who presumably hadn't long been toadlets instead of tadpoles, but the distinctive yellow stripe down their backs was clear to see. We promptly put the business of the catchup on hold so we could sit and watch them for a bit.

    Natterjacks live on sandy heathland (like The Lodge), coastal dunes and coastal marshes, so you're unlikely to get them in your back garden. You can, however, try to attract common toads - for some tips, see our Giving Nature a Home pages

    Sadly as natterjack toads are specially protected and you need a licence to photograph them, we didn't get any shots. So I've borrowed the one above from RSPB Images.

  • Monday's magic moment: it's all black and white

    Last week was great for butterfly lovers. The sunny weather brought many summer specialities out onto wing.

    Daintily searching through southern Britain's meadows for nectar, marbled whites are one in particular people look out for in July.

    I was lucky enough to see some myself this weekend. Admittedly none perched quite like the one in this image from Ernie Janes, but was still a good sight.

    If the sun comes out again this week, why not have a look for one yourself?

    Marbled white. Image by Ernie Janes (www.rspb-images.com)

    This is one of thousands of images from RSPB Images - our online photo library. It's recently had a makeover, so if it does rain this week, why not get your wildlife fix from there?