• Photo of the week: feeling a little browned off?

    It may be Friday the 13th, but we think this 'tail' from Nature's Home reader, Roy Briggs will give you plenty to smile about   (photo courtesy of Roy Briggs).

    Brown hares (Lepus europaeus) are renowned for their phenomenal powers of acceleration (up to 45mph), but will often sit tight to the ground when a predator approaches - luckily for Nature's Home reader, Roy Briggs - this bronzed beauty refrained from displaying…

    • 13 Dec 2019
  • Photo of the week: hop to it!

    This rather athletic Shag was photographed by one of our Nature's Home readers when visiting the Farne Islands earlier this year. (Photo courtesy of Peter Overton, West Midlands).

    Peter says - "We witnessed this Shag behaving more like a Rockhopper penguin than a Shag."

    We would have to agree with you Peter, fantastic photo, well done! Another feathered fellow the Shag often gets mistaken for is Phalacrocorax…

    • 6 Dec 2019
  • Photo of the week: A pretty pair

    Bearded tit male and female

    This pair of bearded tits were photographed at RSPB Rainham Marshes. (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader Steve Cullum.)

    Sporting a fine moustache rather an a beard, bearded tit is rather a misnomer for this dumpy brown bird. The male has a lavender-grey head and black moustache year round, while the female is less conspicuous in a duller brown.

    You'd be lucky to spot a bearded tit. Found in small colonies along…

    • 8 Nov 2019
  • Photo of the week: eyes bigger than stomach

    Herons epitomise the idiom "eyes bigger than ones stomach" to me. I've seen so many photos of herons eating impossibly large things, weird things, and just plain wrong things. This fantastic shot, kindly sent in by Nature's Home reader Michael Harvey, is a great example. Look at the size of that fish! 

    Herons also seem to fascinate our young members. Hardly surprising I suppose, given that they look a…

    • 1 Nov 2019
  • Photo of the week: A rare treat

    stoat at strumpshaw fen

    A rare glimpse of a beautiful stoat. (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader David Brooker.)

    With its weasel-like creamy white throat and low-slung body, it's not always easy to ID a stoat in the field. The giveaway is the black-tipped tail, but you'll need keen eyes to see it as this voracious mustelid bounds through the grass in search of its latest quarry.

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    • 25 Oct 2019
  • Photo of the week: hitchhiker

    Bush cricket

    A hitchhiking bush-cricket (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader John Bennett).

    Our largest species of cricket, the great green bush-cricket can grow to up to 7cm long. It can be found across southern England and south Wales, in trees and grassland dotted with patches of scrub, where it feasts on a varied diet of vegetation and other insects. It is easily recognisable by its large size, long wings and impressive…

    • 18 Oct 2019
  • Photo of the week: Hiding in plain sight


    “Hiding in plain sight” (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader, David Horsley)

    Synonymous with the red fox is a sneaky, stealthy demeanour. In childhood TV cartoons I have blurred memories of my sister watching a sleek silhouette skulk across jungle landscapes that were regularly patrolled by a somehow unsuspecting young explorer. Bafflingly oblivious to the threat no matter how many times she was robbed…

    • 11 Oct 2019
  • Photo of the week: Anger is a short, but adorable, madness


    “Whoa, who peed in your cornflakes?" (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader, Bryn Ditheridge)

    This beautiful little owl’s expression neatly summarises what lots of us are feeling at the moment when we flick to the news – very confused, irritable and quite frankly, extremely fed up. Safe in the comfort of a tree hollow, Bryn’s subject doesn’t look all that impressed to be caught on film peeking through…

    • 4 Oct 2019
  • 8 RSPB innovations that are saving nature

    Throughout its 130-year history, the RSPB has developed technology solutions for all sorts of challenges, and we are continuing to champion groundbreaking techniques. When you join the RSPB, your money helps to save nature. Here are eight innovations that are driving our conservation efforts.
    • 2 Oct 2019
  • Photo of the week: Down to DNA


    "You think this is impressive? It’s just in our blood” (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader, Yvonne Pay)

    We’ve somehow reached it already - Autumn. Monday 23rd marked the start of the Autumn Equinox, when day and night are most balanced, and the weather starts to take a turn for the worse. Just about audible over the crunching of leaves underfoot and the slurping of spiced hot beverages of…

    • 27 Sep 2019
  • Photo of the week: The cutest crash landing


    “A rude awakening” (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader, Matthew Parratt)

    Seasonal transitions bring an accompaniment of alterations to our wildlife, weather and also, to many of our personal lives. The run up to autumn marks that time of year again when students across the country are venturing to their respective universities; picking up the keys to their new halls of residence and sinking more pints…

    • 20 Sep 2019
  • Photo of the week: A little close for comfort


    “Think you have it rough! Adder near death experience yesterday” (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader, Louise Hawkins)

    Here in the UK, we could consider ourselves really rather lucky. Unlike so many other countries, we don’t really have to fear any deadly creatures menacingly taunting us from the shadows with questionable identification, dangling precariously from sheds and outhouses, or lurking under…

    • 13 Sep 2019
  • Photo of the week: Can't see the wood for the trees


    “Can’t see the wood for the trees…Hang on a second, what’s that?” (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home readers, Ant and Rowena Fryer)

    Ambling through woodland is undoubtedly one of the best ways to get lost in nature. The sounds, sights and scents are refreshingly lifting – a perfect route to both get lost in thought or restore the wonders of mindfulness. However, have you ever felt a slight…

    • 6 Sep 2019
  • Photo of the week: Target locked


    “Preying that mouse doesn’t get away” (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader, Stephen Green)

    The red kite has sadly had a turbulent past. Throughout the Middle Ages, the species were best known for being litter pickers from above, cleaning the roads of debris. In fact, kites were protected by royal decree – destroying kites would land you with a hefty capital punishment sentence! But, in the 16…

    • 30 Aug 2019
  • Photo of the week: Holding nature in your hands

    "A helping hand" (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader, Lesley Burton-Brown)

    It’s been one hell of a month. The Amazon’s been burning for weeks, HS2 is almost underway, it’s raining plastic particles in the Arctic and teenage activist Greta Thunberg is sailing her way to the US to campaign for change. It can be hard to focus on the positives or feel like we’re making an impact when it feels like huge…

    • 23 Aug 2019
  • Photo of the Week: Well, what have we here! Mouse or vole?


    "Turn it up to 11, I’m ready for my open mic-e night" (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader, Mick Taylor)

    One little critter has been causing a bit of a stir in the office, and not just because it’s cuter than any button. The UK is home to six different species of mice, four native shrew species and four vole species. While they have distinctive characteristics that set them apart from other mammals…

    • 16 Aug 2019
  • Photo of the week: The flavour of nature

    Remember when you were a kid and you'd eat Black Jack's and then question with great joy "Has my tongue changed colour?". Well this little bumblebee looks like it's asking the same thing to Trish Lock's camera and, I have to say, I never thought a flower could look so tasty.

    "Yummy, yummy in my tummy" (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader, Trish Lock)

    I should mention, bumblebee…

    • 9 Aug 2019
  • Photo of the week: "I don't do fashion, I AM fashion"


    "Seaweed hats are all the rage this season!" (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader, Mark Sweeney)

    From leopard and cheetah to snake print, nature patterns have rippled throughout fashion trends for quite some time. In the words of Alexander McQueen - “there is no better designer than nature.” At one of the largest colonies in the UK, Nature’s Home reader Mark Sweeney captured some of our seabirds experimenting…

    • 2 Aug 2019
  • 6 places to see basking sharks in the UK

    Learn about basking sharks in the UK and which RSPB reserves to visit the best chance to see these magnificent monsters of the deep.
    • 1 Aug 2019
  • 6 ways you can help save nature

    Together we can make a difference by making small changes to our everyday lives. Here at the RSPB we’ve been doing our bit and making positive changes. Here’s six ways you can get involved too and help save nature.
    • 1 Aug 2019
  • Photo of the week: Going infrognito


    "Going infrognito" – I know I know, I’m so sorry (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader, Emma Sharples)

    Another year, another heatwave. With temperatures soaring and the sun blazing once again, all many of us want to do is retreat to the shade and avoid inevitable patchwork sunburn. Much like us in the near-tropical weather, our local wildlife can really struggle underneath the relentless summer…

    • 26 Jul 2019
  • Photo of the week: Hanging by a thread


    "Hanging by a thread" (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader, Michaela Nelson)

    In a chaotic world, the intricacies of nature can sometimes get drowned out. Though other species might steal the limelight, the finer details nestled among our wildlife can be just as beautiful – if not even more so. Perched on a web at The Botanical Gardens in Durham, this delicate eight-legged critter sits peacefully between…

    • 19 Jul 2019
  • Photo of the week: Yes, I'm gorgeous and I know it!


    "Yes, I’m gorgeous and I know it!" (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader, Craig Smith)

    Often spotted hovering high above road verges, a kestrel in flight is a distinctive image that many of us are familiar with. Nature’s Home reader Craig Smith shares with us this gorgeous poser taken at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston, Lancashire – tired from scouring the fields for potential prey but…

    • 12 Jul 2019
  • Photo of the Week: Puffin Loving

    Puffin picture
    Summer Lovin’ (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader, Mike Woolley)
     

    As the days draw longer and the nights warmer, the UK’s rich sunsets are the perfect setting for evening adventures – with many of us seizing the fleeting opportunity to explore the great outdoors before we’re once again pelted with endless drizzle.

    Golden hour is also a fantastic time to saunter with camera in hand and find…

    • 5 Jul 2019
  • Photo of the week: Angsty Arctic tern

    Mind your head! Incoming tern! This is RSPB Nature's Home Photo of the week: Angsty Arctic tern
    • 28 Jun 2019