• Oh so coot!

    Blogger: Gena Correale-Wardle, Community Fundraising Officer

    Last weekend I visited Titchwell Marsh reserve for the first time in about 18 months. I was hoping to spy some of the ‘star species’ that the North Norfolk coast has to offer, including marsh harrier, bittern and bearded tit. Before I started work at the RSPB I had never heard of, let alone seen any of these birds, but it’s strange how they so easily become…

    • 26 May 2011
  • Put up the Bunting, the Swallows are Here!

    Blogger: Murray Brown, RSPB Volunteer Project Coordinator

    Swallows have arrived in the park and are busy feeding over the lake with the occasional house martin.  'Our' swallows winter as far away as South Africa and yet all of a sudden here they are...amazing isn't it?  The males look particularly elegant as they sport much longer tail streamers.  Strangely no sand martins have been recorded as yet but we've…

    • 1 Apr 2011
  • Thinking outside the (egg) box this Easter

    Blogger: Aggie Rothon, Communications Officer

    We got desperate the other night. We were having one of those 'after dinner pudding cravings' which saw us rooting to the back of the cupboard where we had stashed the Easter eggs ready for the weekend. Paul's egg was in fact a giant white chocolate Easter bunny. The bunny now no longer has ears or a face. We felt bad, momentarily, for the demise of poor Peter but, hey, it…

    • 21 Apr 2011
  • A Golden Opportunity

    Blogger: Gena Correale-Wardle, Community Fundraising Officer

    Have you ever had that dream where you’re running the 100 metres for your country at the Olympics? It’s all in slow motion, the crowd is going crazy as your feet take turns pounding the track, you can see the finish line in front of you getting ever closer and then... you wake up!

      

    I know I have, and I probably will have this dream again as this…

    • 31 Jan 2012
  • Feed the birds ...

    It may have been an early start this morning, but watching the birds in my garden and sipping tea with Radio Norfolk’s Wally Webb isn’t exactly hard work and we had a lot of fun telling the Radio Norfolk listeners how they can help their feathered friends on Feed The Birds Day and into the winter months.

    Wally and his BBC Radio Norfolk car parked up outside the house just before 8am and the birds were, well…

    • 29 Oct 2010
  • Bearded wonders...

     Bearded tit image courtesty of Kevin Simmonds, www.wildlifeimagery.co.uk
    Bearded tits don’t subscribe to the Ronseal approach of ‘does what it says on the tin’ because they are actually neither tits nor bearded. Research places these dainty golden brown birds as the only British member of a tropical family, the babblers. And as for the beard, well, you don’t need to be a facial hair expert to know that isn’t a beard…
    • 27 Sep 2010
  • wink, wink, wink, wink

    Pink footed geese, Image from RSPB images 
    It’s a noise that cuts through the conversation in the RSPB’s Snettisham reserve office, as each of us recognising the sound, automatically leaves our desks and moves to the windows to gaze into the cloudy grey sky.
    For a moment we can’t see anything and then there they are, the first of the winter. High above us perhaps as many as 300 Pink Footed Geese in…
    • 28 Sep 2010
  • Something for the weekend....

    Photo taken recently at the Ouse Washes reserve:

    HOW MANY SWANS CAN YOU SEE? Begin the counting now and add your guesses as comments underneath... answer on Monday.

    • 18 Feb 2011
  • Knowing your Robins

    Blogger: Aggie Rothon, Communications Officer

    Give me a nightingale's voice on a balmy, scented evening or the trembling notes of a mistle thrush in full song. Give me the smoky romance of a curlew calling on a mist filled morning or the echoing sob of a buzzard skimming the watery sky above. I would revel in them all, but would miss the call of a robin the most.

    To me the robin's is the sweetest of all songs…

    • 21 Mar 2011
  • Nature where you least expect it

    Blogger: Gena Correale-Wardle, Community Fundraising Officer

    This morning I was ready a little earlier than usual so decided I would take a longer walk to work along the river Wensum via Cow Tower. This is one of my favourite walks in the city, you step off the busy pavement at Whitefriars Bridge and are soon surrounded by an ocean of calm along the small footpath.

    Shafts of sunlight (if you're lucky!) shine through…

    • 7 Apr 2011
  • Norwich tummies are feeling full for a good cause

    Blogger: Gena Correale-Wardle, Community Fundraising Officer

    Do you remember in January when I blogged about the great partnership the RSPB had with Dozen Artisan Bakery and Pulse Cafe Bar, two great independent eateries in Norwich? I bet you’ve been waiting with baited breath to see how we got on....

    Well, today I went to see the lovely manager of Pulse, Helen, as she presented us with a great big cheque (literally…

    • 9 Mar 2012
  • Choose life; wear a poppy

    I don’t know whether I can write about Remembrance Sunday. As a subject it is so full of meaning and so full of feeling that I wonder if I can do it justice. Yet here I am and here are my words; I only hope that they can do enough.

    You see poppies everywhere at this time of year. On the tunic of a glittering Zoe Ball as she tells us, bouncing and beaming, of the winners and losers in this week’s Strictly Come Dancing…

    • 11 Nov 2012
  • The legal status of corvids in the UK

    Crows, jackdaws and rooks are protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 and the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985. This makes it illegal to intentionally take, injure or kill them, or to take, damage or destroy an active nest or its contents. However, the law recognises that in some circumstances control may be necessary. The UK Government issues annually a general licence (for which it is not necessary…

    • 8 Apr 2013
  • Nine-year-old hero helps our garden birds

    Blogger: Gena Correale-Wardle, Community Fundraising

    William Farrugia is one of nature’s heroes. Not only is he a fundraiser and advocate for the RSPB, standing up and speaking in front of dozens of his peers, but he’s also only 9 years old!

    A few weeks ago on his walk to school he saw a dead blackbird in the road. Being William’s favourite bird, it made him very sad and spurred him into action to help…

    • 3 Apr 2014
  • Give a Frog a Home and Witness Their Spectacular Lifecycle

    Author: Sarah Osborn

    At first glance, frogspawn floating in a pond can have a slightly alien appearance. But looking closer at the black dots suspended in clear gelatinous orbs, soon to emerge as wriggling tadpoles, I can’t help but smile at how amazing nature is.

    Whilst most people are familiar with the lifecycle of a frog, watching it unfold right in front of your eyes is enthralling. There is something magical…

    • 13 Apr 2016
  • Frampton Marsh transforms into winter wildlife wonderland

    Author: Chris Andrews, RSPB Frampton Marsh

     

     


    Picture Credit: Andy Hay

    In the days of Alfred the Great, the coast of Lincolnshire was the landing ground for roving parties from the North. They came to these shores looking for easy pickings, or a way to escape the harsh conditions in Scandinavia. Well, it is still happening today, but instead of boat loads of bearded Vikings, thankfully we are just talking birds!

    • 24 Oct 2016
  • Nestboxes make prime real estate for birds

    The snow may have vanished as quickly as it appeared but the cold, dark days of winter have lingered on. This being said, do not become too accustomed to these seemingly bare days, because if you look a bit closer you might just find the tiny green buds flourishing on our trees and the overzealous shoots ready to blossom at any second. Then take a second to listen to the increasing trills of bird song and inhale a deep…

    • 20 Feb 2017
  • Rebuild Snettisham Hide Crowdfunding Campaign - things you might find interesting

    Why did the RSPB decide to use crowdfunding?

    We decided to research alternative ways to fund projects; when we looked into crowdfunding, it seemed to tick all the right boxes for us. We know that Snettisham is an extremely special place for lots of people and rebuilding the hide was something many people told us that they, as individuals, would be willing to get behind and support.

    As crowdfunding typically raises…

    • 14 Jul 2017
  • Happy second 20th birthday Lakenheath Fen


    Author: David White, RSPB Lakenheath Fen Nature Reserve

    Last year, Lakenheath Fen celebrated its twentieth birthday. Back in 1995, the first spade entered what had been a carrot field, found on the border of Cambridgeshire, to begin the creation of a new wetland nature reserve.

     

    This month, we are celebrating another birthday. Twenty years ago this month, the very first reed was planted. This single fluffy frond marked…

    • 19 Aug 2016
  • Eat food – save nature!

    Blogger - Gena Correale-Wardle, Community Fundraising Officer

     Here in the RSPB office we love our food. Cake is a regular fixture during the week and lunchtimes come with a melee of delicious smells emanating from the kitchen as people reheat their leftover dinners. There are a lot of fine bakers amongst the staff (proven when we had a cake sale recently and at least 10 people brought in homemade goodies) and we spend…

    • 10 Jan 2012
  • Summer in the wildlife friendly garden

    Author: Sharon Barker, Flatford Wildlife Garden

    Now that we’re well into August, the spotlight at the wildlife garden has subtly moved away from the birds and towards the bees and butterflies as they make the most of the current wave of flowers on display. However, our butterflies have put in a late showing this year, probably due to the dull, wet weather at the start of the season, and they are not so plentiful now…

    • 24 Aug 2016
  • Improving the state of UK nature

    Today, alongside many of our conservation partners here in the East, we are calling for more to be done to help the region’s wildlife.  Why? Today, the State of Nature 2016 report is being launched by Sir David Attenborough and UK conservation and research organisations in London.

    Following on from the groundbreaking State of Nature report in 2013, leading professionals from 53 wildlife organisations have pooled…

    • 14 Sep 2016
  • The Storm Surge

    Author: Emily Kench. This item originally appeared in the July edition of Let's Talk magazine.

    Snettisham is special. As the sun rises and sets, it touches vast mudflats that divide the sea and inland lagoons. When the sea rolls in on a high-tide, the mudflats disappear – blink and you’ll miss it – the tide doesn’t hang around in north Norfolk.

    As the silt is submerged, whirling waders abandon…

    • 14 Jul 2017
  • Why does James Lowen #LoveSnetts?

    10  days into our Crowdfunder appeal to rebuild Snettisham's lost hides, wildlife writer and photographer James Lowen shares his memories of his first visit to the reserve and the wildlife he experienced there:

    The eastern sky has started to glimmer hopefully, but I am directing eyes and ears westwards. It is November, and – here on The Wash – it is very nearly showtime.

    For the first ten minutes…

    • 21 Jul 2017