• Be a pumpkin patch hero

    Did you know that around 12 million of the pumpkins we carve for Halloween in Britain don’t actually get eaten? That’s a MASSIVE amount of food waste.

    Here are three ways to make the most of your Jack-o’-lantern…

    Roast pumpkin seeds

    For an easy, tasty snack you can roast the seeds, adding whatever flavours you fancy.


    Stage One: Separate your seeds!

    The RSPB’s Catering Development Manager Chris…

    • 19 Oct 2020
  • Inner Forth in flux

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    RSPB Scotland's David Hunt shares his experience of the magic of the Inner Forth and how its changing tides draw him in.

    Read RSPB Scotland's blog for the latest news 

    • 15 Oct 2020
  • Your wildlife photos - October 2020

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    You’ve sent in so many fantastic photos we wanted to showcase our favourites! In this video we present the cream of the Nature’s Home inbox over the past few weeks, and chat about the wildlife in your pictures.

    Find out how to spot a kingfisher, how to tell a great white egret from a little egret and which gull is most likely to turn up in an inland garden.

    • 15 Oct 2020
  • Crofters and corncrakes

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    Corncrakes need crofters and farmers help to thrive in their strongholds in North and West Scotland.

    Skye’s Waternish peninsula is just one place that RSPB Scotland is working with crofters to make farming support corncrakes as much as possible.

    In the future National Lottery players will also help support corncrakes through our recently launched Corncrake Calling project – Enhancing Scotland…

    • 9 Oct 2020
  • RSPB Northern Ireland staff and volunteers on a revived world

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    RSPB Northern Ireland staff and volunteers share what a revived world looks like to them and why they have signed the petition to make changes to protect nature and our world.

    Join the Revive our World campaign

    • 9 Oct 2020
  • Your October questions answered

    Wondering where your garden birds have gone, or whether to clean out your nestbox?

    Charlotte Ambrose from the RSPB’s Wildlife Enquiries team answers the common questions asked about nature in October, and also reveals what “putty pecking” is…

    Find out more about giving nature a home in your garden

    • 8 Oct 2020
  • Gold stars

    Just off the north coast of Northern Ireland, Rathlin Island is famed for its birdlife. It hosts a spectacular seabird colony, ravens, peregrines and corncrakes. It’s also home to some very unusual mammals: golden hares. There are usually a small number of these living among the island’s hare population.

    Magical mammals

    This photo of one of the hares was taken by Nature’s Home reader James McDowell,…

    • 5 Oct 2020
  • Revive our World

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    RSPB Chief Executive Beccy Speight discusses the charity's Revive our World campaign with Jamie Wyver from the RSPB's Notes on Nature team. Beccy outlines three crucial things that need to happen now to save nature.

    The more of us who add our voice to Revive our World (66,000+ so far!), the more we can show the UK's political leaders the strength of the public's call for action.…

    • 30 Sep 2020
  • The Great British Beak Off

    As the temperature drops, garden birds, which for many of us have been absent for several weeks, will start returning to feeders. 

    Mike Bevans sent us this photo of a moment of drama around the sunflower hearts! Here, the goldfinch on the left is backing off as the larger great spotted woodpecker asserts its claim to those energy packed seeds. 

    A great spotted woodpecker scares a goldfinch from a sunflower seed feeder

    Goldfinch and great spotted woodpecker - image by Nature's Home reader…

    • 20 Sep 2020
  • The gall of it all!

    Mutating trees, parasite danger, unwanted lodgers and every other generation 100% female – welcome to the bizarre world of the knopper gall wasp!

    Knopper gall

    Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader Ann Collier 

    Nearly all the oaks in the area where Nature’s Home reader Ann Collier took this photo were covered in these galls.

    Galls are formed from plant tissue transformed by chemicals added by gall wasps. They come…

    • 14 Sep 2020
  • Photo of the week: the joy of jays

    Young jay begging its parent for food

    Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader Charles Kinsey

    It’s always a delight to see a photo of jays because they are usually very shy, especially, it seems, when there’s a camera around!


    This photograph was taken earlier in the year by RSPB member Charles Kinsey who says “During my almost daily walks on the Clifton Downs (Bristol) in these last four months of lock-down, I have occasionally seen a jay…

    • 7 Sep 2020
  • Local groups adapt to lockdown

    Our Local Groups quickly adapted to life in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic. By using email and social media and getting creative in trying out new ways of connecting with members remotely, many have managed to keep their meetings and talks going, and support their members during this complicated time.

    Staying in touch

    Many groups have started regular lockdown email bulletins and blogs to keep members updated…

    • 1 Sep 2020
  • Guest blog: dealing with a changing climate in the garden...

    Adrian Thomas is our resident wildlife gardening expert, you can follow his blog here - it really is excellent, and too good not to share, which is why we thought you might like a little sampling to whet your appetite. This week Adrian tells us about some of the changes that are likely to happen in our gardens over the coming years due to climate change, and how best to adapt to them...

    On 4 July this year, 101.8mm of rain…

    • 1 Sep 2020
  • News and updates: celebrating summer – reader photo extravaganza!

    Wow, what a year so far... I don't think there's a soul on earth who could have predicted quite how 2020 would have played out, but there's been plenty of positives when it comes to nature, more aptly in the way that you have been celebrating it! We've put together some of our favourite reader photos from the last few months as a way of sharing a little happiness and unity in these otherwise uncertain times. Hope you…

    • 29 Jul 2020
  • What to see right now - a bounty of bees (July edition)

    Luke Phillips is usually busy promoting all the amazing things you can see and do on RSPB reserves, but during lockdown he took the time to get to know the busy bees that were keeping his veg patch going...Fast forward two months and whilst his garden might look different, the bounty of bees is still plentiful!

    "Here we are in mid-July and my earlier suspicions about having an abundance of courgette and tomatoes has come…

    • 15 Jul 2020
  • #MyWorldNow: nature is the beating heart...

    As I sat writing one of our blogs today, a little wren flew through the open door, and perched on some shelves nearby. She stared at me, I stared back, and hoped to god that she made it out of the kitchen unscathed. In that moment, nothing else mattered - I felt my heart beating and the world stop. It made me realise that nature is the beating heart of all life around us, and when the outside world comes in, it forces…

    • 10 Jul 2020
  • Wild your world: spotting baby birds in the garden (July edition)

    We thought a little update was in order for this particular blog, as much like in our world now - the avian world is ever-changing and our garden birds are well into raising their second brood with many of their now 'tweetnagers' thinking they still rule the roost! If this is your first time looking at this blog (first published in May) our aim is help you tell if baby birds are around, and if you are lucky enough…

    • 9 Jul 2020
  • Photo of the week: this admiral commands your attention!

    Straight off the back of National Insect Week, we've been sent in some fantastic photographs by Nature's Home reader, Mark Rutter - one of our favourites being this white admiral feeding on a bramble flower. This is one of our rarer butterfly species, and one of the most threatened too. You may well be familiar with the red admiral, with its striking red flash on black wings, but as the name suggests - white…

    • 3 Jul 2020
  • #MyWorldNow: lockdown reflections from RSPB staff

    We might all live different lives, but for the last few weeks, we’ve been brought together by the strange, shared experiences of lockdown. Things have been very difficult, and many have found it overwhelming at times. But there have been positives too, as the restrictions have forced us all to slow down, and really notice the world around us...

    Time to reflect

    Our gardens and greenspaces have become more important…

    • 26 Jun 2020
  • Photo of the week with a twist!

    What's the twist I hear you cry? Well... this week's Photo of the week is a video sent in by Nature's Home reader, Josh Richardson. We decided to share this with you instead of the usual photo format as its captivating nature not only gives a very real glimpse at what it's like visiting RSPB Bempton Cliffs, for us, it was just nice to still our minds for 2 minutes and remember why it is we do this work…

    • 19 Jun 2020
  • News and updates: celebrate World Albatross Day this Friday...

    Did you know that this Friday (19 June) happens to be the world's first World Albatross Day? Join us and people from around the globe in celebrating the first ever WAD and find out what the RSPB and its partners are doing to keep these amazing birds safe. Nina DaRocha tells us more...

    As you may or may not know, the RSPB does quite a lot of albatross work already, in fact it was one of the RSPB's very own seabird biologists…

    • 16 Jun 2020
  • Who’s coming for dinner?

    Coal tit and blue tit on feeders with family watching in the background, back garden

    Once you’ve filled your feeders, it’s time to sit back, and see who stops by for a bite to eat. As well as their colours and shape, where and the way birds feed can help you work out who your dinner guests are. But don’t worry if you can’t tell your sparrow from your starling – it’s easier than you think to identify garden birds and our top tips will make you a whizz in no time! Let’s introduce you...…

    • 10 Jun 2020
  • What to see right now - a bounty of bees

    Luke Phillips is usually busy promoting all the amazing things you can see and do on RSPB reserves, but during lockdown he's taken the time to get to know the busy bees that are keeping his veg patch going...

    "This spring I’ve gone plant crazy. I’ve got far too many tomato plants, peppers coming out of my ears and I’m probably going to be eating courgettes for the entire autumn, but all this gardening has got me bigging…

    • 2 Jun 2020
  • Photo of the week: the nature beneath your nose...

    This week's Photo of the week accolade goes to Nature's Home reader, Robert Kitchen for his submission of this stunning whitethroat. Robert captured this image on a local lockdown walk, and was surprised to find a wealth of wildlife only a stone's throw from his front door - a welcome reminder to us all that nature is there to be enjoyed, if only we remember to look for it.

     Robert says:

    "I love the Nature's…

    • 1 Jun 2020
  • From the archives: people power

       

    In Autumn last year, we brought you a fantastic spread in Nature's Home magazine called 'People Power'. We want to revisit this again and bring it to our online audience to shine a light on the value individual actions can have when it comes to improving the fortunes of nature. We hear from six amazing members who prove beyond doubt the difference just one person can make - imagine what we could all achieve…

    • 28 May 2020