• What were you like at school?

    Blogger: Aggie Rothon, Communications Officer

    I must have spent much of my school life day-dreaming. We sat at work today peering from our strip lighted office to the drizzling rain outside and started discussing when summer turns to autumn and when autumn turns to spring. Apparently the season turns on the 21st day every three months. This I didn’t know and my delight upon recognition of the fact caused much amusement…

    • 30 Aug 2011
  • Bank that holiday and make it count!

    Blogger: Adam Murray, Communications Officer

    “Summer time and the living is easy, fish are jumping and the cotton is high”, the immortal words of summer. Or as the August bank holiday is upon us you could say something a little more like “Summer time and the traffic is heavy, kids are screaming and the end is nigh”.

    So as the last few days of the holidays approach would you put yourself in…

    • 26 Aug 2011
  • A Train Ride with a View

    Blogger: Steve Rowland, Public Affairs Manager

    Maybe it’s a legacy of studying Geography at University, but I do like to look out of train windows and try to read the landscape that I am passing through. The train journey that I do most frequently takes me through a real cross section of lowland landscapes. From King’s Lynn I first travel south west across the Fens, through a mosaic of large fields, drainage ditches…

    • 25 Aug 2011
  • Charlotte's Summer Antics: Off to the Lodge

    Blogger: Charlotte Pledger, Youth, Education and Families Officer

    So onto visiting a family event at the RSPB’s headquarters at The Lodge. This time the theme was ‘Nature Discovery’. The 2 hour event was run by 3 fantastically organised and knowledgeable volunteers. Families were split into 2 groups and were lead round part of the reserve to discover nature.

    Even before we got going, children and…

    • 24 Aug 2011
  • of birds and cows

    Blogger: Steve Rowland, Public Affairs Manager

    Being office based I find it important to make time to get out and walk the ground with our wardening teams and find out a little more about their work managing some amazing landscapes for wildlife. So last Monday morning found me at a sunny Ouse Washes to meet our Site Manager Jon Reeves and Richard Woollard my counterpart at the Environment Agency.

    At the Ouse Washes…

    • 24 Aug 2011
  • When was the last time you made a den?

    Blogger: Aggie Rothon, Communications Officer

    ‘Life’s too short to stuff a mushroom’ Shirley Conran famously said. I couldn’t agree more Shirley, but it’s not too short to ice a cupcake or twenty. In fact it took me a whole morning of craning over the kitchen counter, spatula in one hand, handful of Smarties in the other to minutely decorate cakes and prepare dishes full of delicate treats for Robin’s third birthday…

    • 22 Aug 2011
  • A Gooses egg or Geese eggs?

    Blogger: Laura White (on behalf of all the A Team)

    On the very rare occasion that the office based administrators have some spare time, they go and sit in our reception, that’s the place to be to find out what’s really going on.

    There’s always something to be wondering about, sometimes the suspense is unbearable What will the new staff member be like? Who will make use of the hot desk? What will happen…

    • 18 Aug 2011
  • Charlotte's Summer Ramblings: Elephants in the Fens

    Blogger: Charlotte Pledger, Youth, Education and Families Officer

    Last Friday saw me at one of Fen Drayton’s family events. I arrived feeling very good about my carbon footprint, having got there by train and the shiny new Guided Busway! The bus stops on the doorstep of the reserve so no excuses for not going for a visit to this beautiful part of the world.

    The ‘Deadly Dozen Bug Hunt’ advertised on the Fen Drayton…

    • 16 Aug 2011
  • What can we do about the riots?

    Blogger: Erica Howe, Communications Manager

    This week, I’ve been working on an incredible RSPB project. Our Minsmere reserve is having a bit of a make-over and in the new year we will have a fantastic, dedicated learning centre for youngsters and families to come and be inspired about nature.

    And then, the riots happened in London and my attitude shifted. Not about the project I must add; I feel passionately about…

    • 15 Aug 2011
  • "What's the point of Wasps?"

    Blogger: Adam Murray, Communications Officer

    My Dad is a clever man, a bit too clever sometimes but clever none the less. However, when it comes to summer timeyou will see him flailing around his garden getting crosser and crosser. With gusto you will hear him shout ‘What's the point of b*!?@y wasps?’. This is a question that many al fresco diners may ask themselves this summer as they panic, clutching…

    • 12 Aug 2011
  • Number Crunching & Chocolate Cake

    Blogger: Mev Ahmad, Nuffield Volunteer

    Excited to study Geology/Earth Sciences at University in 2012, I applied for the Nuffield Science Bursary and waited anxiously for the letter of acceptance. I was thrilled to discover that I had a 4 week placement with the regional RSPB office in Norwich.

    My job involved working in the Volunteer & Farmer Alliance Project (V&FA). There are two sides to the project: fieldwork and…

    • 12 Aug 2011
  • Tales of a Suburban Garden: The Fox and the Chaffinch

    Blogger: Linda Roberts, Volunteer for Community Fundraising

    Imagine my delight the other morning, opening my bedroom curtains and seeing a fox sunning himself in the flowerbed, not a care in the world. He stayed for about half an hour lazily grooming himself and then had a quick nap before strolling off. 

    Another morning I was greeted with the sight of a sparrowhawk who briefly stopped on top of a tall conifer, I…

    • 11 Aug 2011
  • Charlotte's Summer Antics: A little bit of Titch and Framp

    Blogger: Charlotte Pledger, Youth, Education and Families Officer

    So my journey around the region investigating family events continues. This week I have visited Titchwell and Frampton – different activities and very different weather conditions, but both engaging with loads of families.

    I’ll start with my visit to Titchwell Marsh on Wednesday.... When I arrived everything was already set up by yet another fantastic…

    • 9 Aug 2011
  • Steppin' out with my baby - The Broads Way

    Blogger: Aggie Rothon, Communications Officer

    It made me laugh when, sitting behind me in the canoe this weekend, Paul suddenly mused, ‘Canoeing can either be beautifully graceful or incredibly ungraceful can’t it.’ I got the feeling that I fell in to the latter category as I paddled absent-mindedly towards the alder branches leaning towards us from the bank, whilst Paul battled doggedly to steer us on to a safer course…

    • 9 Aug 2011
  • The GREAT outdoors

    Blogger: Gena Correale-Wardle, Community Fundraising Officer

    Today is my last day before a week off work and I am looking forward to getting out and about in the next 9 days. I’m off to London for a couple of days on Sunday and am looking forward to sitting in Greenwich park for the very first time with my boyfriend. On Monday we are going to visit two of my best friends to sit in the sun and enjoy an ice cold after…

    • 5 Aug 2011
  • The good ol' days

    I'm gutted. Wagon wheels don't have jam in them anymore. What's occurin'!?

    In the good ol' days that fake Wheely jam sat tenderly against its pure white mallow like a jumped up jammie dodger.

    But then in the good ol' days corncrakes croaked from the fields, corn buntings jangled from ripening corn and hedgerows were bursting with wild flowers.

    Hmmmm, if there's a choice, you can keep the jammy…

    • 5 Aug 2011
  • Great Folk at a Great Festival

    Blogger: Steve Field, Membership Development Manager

    The RSPB Eastern England membership team visits all manner of public events over the summer as we spread the word about the fine work of the RSPB, but the event I was most looking forward to attending this summer was the Cambridge folk festival, which took place last week at Cherry Hinton hall near Cambridge. I have to say the weekend exceeded my expectations.

    More…

    • 4 Aug 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
  • terning life on its head

    Blogger - Erica Howe, Communications Manager

    I am a self-confessed list girl. I make lists for all kinds of things. My day at work, food shopping, chores, going on holiday. Post-it notes are now a handbag staple. This then becomes a pretty futile exercise because I have so many of them that I don't know where to start and I need another list! As i've gone through different points in my life, my priorities have changed…

    • 1 Aug 2011