• Out of sight, out of mind

    Yesterday evening I suddenly became irritated. Lying on the sofa surfing through TV channels finding nothing I wanted to watch, I suddenly became aware of the mess. The children’s toys scattered across the floor, the geranium leaves and crumbs of compost on the floor, the cobwebs in the corners of the room. Previously unaware of the growing chaos around me, I decided at that moment to spring clean.

    I can proudly…

    • 26 Apr 2013
  • The migrant birds illegally shot in Malta

    Blog by Tara Proud, RSPB Species Recovery Officer

    Each spring thousands of migrant birds cross Malta on their way to breeding grounds in Europe, and some of them even choose the UK as their summer home. In Malta, hunting birds is a cultural tradition, and although there are laws in place to govern when shooting can be carried out, a huge amount of protected birds are illegally killed.

    Our partners at BirdLife Malta are…

    • 25 Apr 2013
  • Thank goodness for peregrines

    Blogger: Kerry Davis, Lincoln Peregrines Project Manager

    I am not a natural birder.  My favourite cry is “what’s that?” – I have progressed from sparrow, blackbird to smew and little egret  in the 9 months since I joined the RSPB.   

    With this in mind, I owe a thank you to the Lincoln local group since they have answered my naive questions on the mating rituals, gestation and fledging of peregrines…

    • 20 Apr 2013
  • I have a squatter in my box

    Blogger: Jon Haw, Reserves Manager


    Got a question for us then give us a shout either here on our blog or find us on Twitter or Facebook under RSPBintheEast. The other day we had this inquiry from Tina:


    Can anyone help with a question?

    I have a bird box on the side of my house with a camera set up inside. I had blue tit's going in and out last year and they started to build, but then abandoned it so I cleaned it out…

    • 19 Apr 2013
  • Suffolk’s Spectacular Music Celebration


    Roll up Roll up! There are only two weeks left to buy tickets for an exclusive concert  in the heart of Suffolk.

    To be held in the prestigious Snape Maltings Concert Hall and its beautiful surroundings, the concert will take place on 27 April and is run in conjunction with the RSPB.

    Suffolk is synonomous with wild landscapes and thriving wildlife. With RSPB’s flagship nature reserve nestled on the coastline, visitors…

    • 12 Apr 2013
  • 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
  • His Master’s Voice vs Nature’s Voice

    Blogger: Rachael Murray, Project Officer

    As you will no doubt be aware following months of high profile press coverage,  HMV, the UK's last surviving national music retailer, collapsed in January after months of financial crisis.

    Today, national media the world over are giving prime media space to the announcement that HMV has been thrown a lifeline.  International restructuring specialist, Hilco, are swooping in…

    • 5 Apr 2013