• A Little Mining Bee Adventure with Tommy

    Blogger: Emily Field, RSPB Volunteer & Farmer Alliance Project Officer

    The other day was walking home from school with Tommy (age 5) whinging in the usual way "come on Tommy what's keeping you?”

    he replied "I'm looking at the bees going into the ground mum!"

    I go back and find, with Tommy, to my surprise, lots of tiny little bees, with shiny tails, and orange legs, digging holes into…

    • 30 Mar 2012
  • Earth Hour this Saturday (more specifically from 8:30pm - 9.30pm)!

    Blogger: Helen Leach, RSPB in the East Green Team

    Hundreds of millions of people around the world will be plunging themselves into darkness tomorrow by switching off their electric lights for Earth Hour!

    Earth Hour is a big deal! It's a symbolic statement of the need to do something about climate change. Last year 5,200 cities in 7 continents were involved, with some of the most famous world landmarks, like the Empire…

    • 30 Mar 2012
  • What impact does British Summer Time have on you?

    Blogger: Erica Howe, Communications Officer

    Did anyone else get caught out by the clocks going forward or did you welcome it in with open arms? For some of you, this is a pretty depressing thought. A whole hour less in bed, an hour snatched away from that precious Sunday morning lie-in. However, if you’re beaming with the thought of lighter evenings, and longer days then the hour sacrifice seems a little price to pay.…

    • 27 Mar 2012
  • Looking back at Winter

    Blogger: Sean Locke, a Volunteer Bird Surveyor at Strumpshaw Fen Reserve

     

    Winter
     
    Hues of sadness paint the tired sky.
    Suffocated by grey clouds.
    Tears shed heavy.
    Soaking the skin of this lifeless land.
     
    The breath of Winter lingers.
    An icy grip, harsh strangle on the throat.
    Silver light of the moon shimmers.
    The shadow of night creep quickly to cast.
     
    Black knarly fingers entangle,
    Skeleton-like, empty of life, pointing to the…

    • 20 Mar 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
  • 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
  • The nature business

    Blogger: Kate Blincoe, Communications Manager

    Look out of your window. The catkins are swaying in the spring breeze, the blue tit is hunting out caterpillars for its young family and an early bumblebee buzzes by. Nature is busy all around us.

    What if pound signs were flashing over all these beautiful, natural events? If you look on these living things as paid workers for us then the catkins tree is capturing carbon…

    • 12 Mar 2012
  • Climate Week TOP TIPS from the Green Team

    Blogger: Jane Warren, RSPB in the East Green Team

    As we edge along towards spring in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s worth sparing a thought for the climate. Today is the beginning of  Climate Change Week (12-18 March), and there are easy ways for us all to get involved. Many of us are already doing our bit, but it’s always good to be reminded! So here are three things to do this week:

    Get cooking with Climate…

    • 12 Mar 2012
  • 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
  • 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
  • Being a fan of the "Did you know"s

    Blogger: Erica Howe, Communications Officer

    I have discovered some great wildlife facts this week about some of my favourite birds. I love all wildlife and the great outdoors, but one of my other favourite things is a good pub quiz! And what a way to marry the two together – facts about wildlife! My first of the week was this. The nuthatch is the only bird in the UK that can climb down a tree headfirst. This makes me…

    • 5 Mar 2012
  • It’s always the quiet ones!

    Blogger: Kim Matthews, Campaigns Officer 

    It’s always the quiet ones! At least that is what my grandmother used to say.  So what started me reminiscing on my grandmother’s pearls of wisdom? 

    It all began with the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch.  In the aftermath of the big weekend there were rumblings on the Twittersphere about having only seen dunnocks during their hour.  LBJ’s (little brown jobs!) are often…

    • 2 Mar 2012
  • "I put men on the moon"

    Blogger: Laura White, PA to the PA Manager

    Have you ever been so totally bowled over by something that even a couple of days after the event you’re still thinking about it? You feel your mind wandering back to the moment and as you savour the awe you felt you smile to yourself in a goofy way, making people around you raise their eyebrows. Well I had that kind of experience yesterday and even now while I’m writing this…

    • 1 Mar 2012
  • Fancy a breath of fresh air this weekend?

    Blogger: Annie Sadler, Volunteering Development Officer

    I love taking part in the RSPB’s beached bird survey!  Who wouldn’t?  It’s a great excuse to get out on the coast, feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your skin.  Believe it or not, every year, for the seven years I have volunteered for this, it has been sunny, even in February! 

      

    This important international survey is held on the last weekend…

    • 1 Mar 2012