• Eggs stolen from nests of rare little terns in Suffolk

    The little tern is one of the UK’s rarest seabirds, having suffered chronic declines over the past 25 years. These little birds travel a 6,000 mile round trip each year to breed on the beaches of the British Isles, but their numbers have been declining as they struggle to find safe beaches to nest and feed their young, free from predators and human disturbance.

    In the 1980s there were 2,500 breeding pairs, this…

    • 24 Jun 2017
  • Pear trees not just for partridges

    Blogger: Adam Murray, Communication Officer

    You may find yourself humming the classic Christmas line about a partridge in a pear tree this festive season, but pear trees can be a great gift for all sorts of other wildlife too.

    We are encouraging people to think about planting pear trees now, to benefit birds and other garden wildlife in the future.

    At the time when most of us are thinking about all the chocolates…

    • 5 Jan 2012
  • Improving our presence on Facebook

    BLOGGER: Adam Murray, Communications Officer

    The RSPB currently has 52 Facebook accounts which include regional, reserve, country, volunteering, online shop and national pages.

    This lack of consistency is confusing. It makes it difficult for good people to find what they’re looking for and for.

    It is not practical for every reserve to have its own account, as we are lucky enough to have over 200 nature reserves…

    • 11 Sep 2013
  • Hen harriers dropping like flies

    Blogger: Erica Howe, Communications Manager

    We reported on some rather shocking news this week. The hen harrier is the bird most likely to become extinct in England because of human pressure. I’ve only ever seen a hen harrier once; on a visit to RSPB Titchwell Marsh last Christmas. As I stood on the path i was freezing with the bitter wind blowing through my rather unsuitable, not-very-winterproof-coat! My eyes were…

    • 19 Dec 2011
  • First sounds of Spring

    Blogger: Steve Rowland, Public Affairs Manager

    Spring seemed a long way off last week as I took my lunchtime walk through the woods, the leaves on the trees were yet to unfurl, the ground was bare and covered in a mulch of last autumns dead leaves, and a light, cold wintry rain drizzled down.

    And yet I realised that my mind had picked up on the subtle changes in the quality of light and drawing out of the days. I became…

    • 13 Mar 2012
  • Woodland in grave danger

    Blogger: Erica Howe, Communications Officer 

    It’s a sad day when you have to point out the glaringly obvious! Today, The RSPB is expressing serious concern over potential damage to one of Suffolk’s most ancient areas of woodland. You would think that in a time of such overwhelming environmental concern, this kind of thing would not be allowed to happen.

    You can read about this in today's  EADT:

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    • 13 Jan 2012
  • Did you go BIG with your bird watch this weekend?

    Blogger: Erica Howe, Communications Officer

    With a few days of January left all I can say is it has been a funny old month! I’ve seen people out and about wearing flip flops, I’ve even seen folk out in the city with shorts on. I’ve seen people eating their lunch outside and I’ve been out on my bike with only a few light layers on. Hardly typical behaviour for January. Then again, looking out my window it has started…

    • 30 Jan 2012
  • Saying it with flowers

    Blogger: Niki Williamson, Fenland Farmland Bird Adviser

    Have you ever wondered why flowers make people smile?  Many things that make us happy are things that promote our survival - a good square meal, a thirst-quenching drink on a sunny day. 

    But what about flowers?  Sure they’re nice to look at, but you can’t really live off them, or use them to fight off predators.  But I love walking to my front door through…

    • 12 Jul 2011
  • No longer scared of the snake in the grass

    Grass snake image copyright Kevin Simmonds, www.wildlifeimagery.co.uk
    Snakes are up there with spiders and sharks in the ‘horror movie’ wildlife list. An unexpected encounter with a snake is guaranteed to make your heart beat raise a notch or two. Our primeval instincts kick in and for many of us our first thought is ‘danger!’
    Snakes well and truly get bad press; if they’re not portrayed as…
    • 6 Sep 2010
  • Pied wagtail wonder

    I’ve had a rather entertaining fortnight. Autumn Watch may be over for another year, but something equally addictive has managed to catch my attention recently.  Every time I head out in the crisp winter air for a stroll or I layer up my jumpers, coat and scarf to walk to work, I am followed by a new-found friend. It isn’t guaranteed where i’ll bump into him, but I can assure you that at some point during my journey…
    • 13 Dec 2010
  • A Volunteer’s View: A Deer Safari at Minsmere

    Carol Miller, Community Fundraising Volunteer

    In the early morning mist of mid-October, I set off for my pre-booked 90 minute Red Deer Safari. As I waited for the start of the safari outside the visitor centre, I watched various birds visiting the bird feeders including long tailed tits, great tits, and blue tits. A jay was flying around the trees nearby and a squirrel scurried along the path, stopped in front of me…

    • 23 Oct 2012
  • Show the Love for Halvergate Marshes

    Show the Love for Halvergate Marshes

    Mark Smart - Senior Site Manager of Berney Marshes and Breydon Water

     

    The impact of climate change

    Whether you’re a climate change sceptic or completely accept it, we must all appreciate that our weather systems are changing and becoming increasingly unpredictable.

    Gone are the balmy summer days I remember as a child and teenager in the 80s, and gone are the predictable…

    • 12 Feb 2018
  • Giving Nature a Home Story: Rocking it at the Ten Bells

    Blogger: Lex Gardner, RSPB Volunteer

    My name is Lex and I recently managed to raise just over a hundred pounds for Operation Turtle Dove.

    When I first set out, I wanted to think of a different and possibly challenging way to raise some funds. I had a little experience working in music and gigs so, naturally, I put two and two together. I quickly found I might have bitten off more than I could chew because I was used…

    • 27 Aug 2013
  • Sorry but I get a bit confused: Which wader is which?

    Blogger: Adam Murray, Communications Officer

    Last June you may have remembered my Swift, Swallows & House martins - I am a bit clueless blog post, well just as think I have nailed some of my bird ID skills I recently went on my hols to Osea Island.

    We went as a family with my brother and his gang and spent the time walking the island when the causeway (as seen on the Woman in Black movie) was covered by the tide…

    • 6 Mar 2012
  • Christmas shopping worth while

     
    With more and more people filling the shops to rush out for a last-minute Christmas pressie (or if you’re anything like me, you won’t have even started) I do often wonder about all the millions of pounds that we spend each year on gifts for our loved ones, friends and family. In a time of such financial hardship, it always amazes me how generous people are at this time of year and how much time, effort…
    • 16 Dec 2010
  • Soaring spirits, but a stark reminder

    RSPB images
    It was a gloomy day in November and I was running a tedious errand that took me towards the Norfolk coast. Driving along, I wondered if I would see any pink-footed geese munching on the harvested sugar beet tops. ‘That would brighten my journey’, I thought to myself, ‘otherwise I really will have to eat the whole of that family sized chocolate bar calling my name from the passenger seat’. …
    • 30 Nov 2010
  • Welcome Back H

    Blogger: Kathryn Leigh, Date with Nature Officer

    Well, it's that time of the year when H, our model heron needs to get himself spruced up. After one hell of a season last year, H was rushed to hospital for a minor operation on one of his legs. This did not go well, and the procedure was more complicated than first thought, with the result being an overnight op in theatre. The good news is H is out today, he is looking…

    • 21 Jan 2011
  • What can I do with my summer holidays?

    At a loose end this summer? Or even got a spare ten minutes? Then read on to find out how you can Step Up for Nature this month.

    Campaign: CAP reform e-action - The EU will fail to get anywhere near its recently adopted biodiversity target without sufficient funds for farmers and land managers to help protect and enhance the farmed environment and its wildlife through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). With cuts…

    • 3 Aug 2011
  • Farming fuming

    Blogger - Erica Howe, Communications Manager

    It’s been a shocking week to say the least! And it’s only Tuesday!

    The RSPB announced today that the EU are planning to sever a rather important leg from our Common Agricultural Policy. That all sounds rather jargonny I know so i’ll try to make it as simple as possible. Our old friend Mark Avery couldn’t have put it better himself.

    Farmland covers…

    • 21 Jun 2011
  • Afraid of Raptors?!

    Blogger: Simon Tonkin, Senior Farmland Conservation Officer

    All this royal wedding stuff has left me wondering a few things about how great it is to be British, but also two issues in particular that I'm not so happy about. I pondered whilst watching the public royal hysteria, what it must have been like in our countryside during those previous royal weddings.

    Isn't it really frustrating and absolutely shameful…

    • 4 May 2011
  • Swifts, Swallows & House Martins - I am a bit clueless

    Blogger: Adam Murray, Communications Officer

    I don't know about you but I have loved having our summer visitors here. As they soar overhead in the evening I wish I knew a little more about which was which – I know it shouldn’t really matter and I should be happy to just enjoy their flirtatious skirting of rooftops. There is something maybe geeky or nerdy about it, identifying something, giving it a name, putting it…

    • 8 Jun 2011
  • Fifteen is the new thirty!

    Do you know what? I've completely forgotten what it's like to be fifteen all over again! This week, we've been joined by Ellen and Dylan who are on work experience from school. They have certainly made me feel old! But, they have both been lovely and we have hopefully given them a flavour of what it's like working for a conservation organisation. They are definitely our conservationists of the future!

    • 16 Jul 2012
  • Vegging out in front of the box

    Blogger: Gena Correale Wardle, Community Fundraising Officer

    Sunday is my favourite day of the week – a real lounge day when I like nothing better than to get the Sunday papers and spend the day cooking, reading and watching TV. Last Sunday I spent the morning cooking up a storm in the kitchen with my new favourite thing – my organic veg box!

    The previous week one of the papers had run a promotion so you…

    • 15 Mar 2012
  • Think squirrels, think nuts.

    Headlines, tweets and status updates. Forty-five characters to tell everyone what's on your mind. For someone that is a fan of a nice quote, like me, nothing can be more addictive. This particular quote, from my friend Tom's facebook page made me laugh, even though I think he may well have borrowed it from David Brent. It read, "What does a squirrel do in summer? It buries nuts. Why? So that in winter he's got something…

    • 4 Nov 2010
  • L.O.V.E 101 Hours to go.

    Blogger: Adam Murray, Communications Officer

    I am having a Moulin Rouge moment.

    I blame Erica for coming in this morning and saying that she was serenaded by her fella Moulin Rouge style. I am a bit of a Baz Luhrmann fan and sucker for a good song medley.

    Love is a many splendid thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All you need is love. In the name of love. I will always love you. How wonderful life is now you…

    • 14 Jun 2011