• 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
  • Photo of the week: twit twoo's joining us for the Big Wild Sleepout this weekend?

     

    Made any plans for the weekend yet? Need something fun to do with the kids? We've got just the thing - join us for Big Wild Sleepout: The Lockdown Edition and put a little wild back into your world this Saturday from 4-8pm. There's a full line up of events with highlights such as: Gardenwatch with wildlife presenter, Iolo Williams, campfire stories with children's TV presenter, Rory Crawford and a whole host…

    • 22 May 2020
  • Wild your world: spotting baby birds in the garden

    It's May and spring has most definitely sprung. Flowers erupt from dormancy, dazzling us with their infinite beauty. Insects fill the air with an electric buzz. And our birdy friends are busy  tending to the next generation of dawn callers. But as they’re so good at keeping their nests hidden, how can you tell if baby birds are around? And if you are lucky enough to spot one, how can you tell what it is?  

    Spotting…

    • 21 May 2020
  • News and updates: celebrating 50 years of Ynys-hir

    Our featured reserve in the Summer issue of Nature's Home took a behind the scenes look at one of our most-loved reserves situated in the heart of Wales - Ynys-hir. The article proved to be a big hit with our readers, so we asked Site Manager, David Anning to delve deeper into the history of the reserve and bring you a first-hand account of what it's really like to work here 50 years on...

     It’s early May, the…

    • 14 May 2020
  • Photo of the week: bath time!

    It appears to be the week for sending us your photos of birds taking a bath; this chap in particular loves nothing more than a good old scrub in the dog's water bowl reports Nature's Home Reader, Jill Gathercole. And, thanks to our nifty Giving Nature a Home App, you've been busy telling us how your 'Build a bird bath' projects are coming along too, the Caverly family from Cheadle, Cheshire tell us more…

    • 7 May 2020
  • At home with nature: finding your connection

    As we are all spending a lot more time indoors and with many of us having limited or no access to green spaces or a garden - we are interested in how nature can reach us, inspire us, and be part of our lives even when we are inside. Please let us know how you're managing to stay connected to nature during the lockdown and feel free to try some (or all) of the ideas in our 'Connecting to nature' calendar...…

    • 7 May 2020
  • News and updates: International Dawn Chorus Day 2020

    Sunday 3 May is International Dawn Chorus Day and the RSPB and our supporters are listening out and enjoying this magical experience all week. In the Summer 2019 issue of Nature’s Home, Adrian Thomas delved into the wonderful world of the dawn chorus and this week we’re re-reading this lovely feature. Who would’ve thought that when we published this last year, we’d get birdsong into the top 20 of the UK charts…

    • 1 May 2020
  • News and updates: gardening tips for wildlife

    It’s National Gardening Week and since we’re all spending a lot more time in our gardens than we usually do, we’re digging out some tips from the Nature’s Home archive to make your gardens as wildlife friendly as possible...

    The RSPB’s Adrian Thomas writes the garden feature each issue and he knows a thing or two about gardens (have a look at his own blog), but he also gathers fantastic tips…

    • 27 Apr 2020
  • Photo of the week: it's the most wonderful time of the year

    Arguably the Christmas Carol 'It's the most wonderful time of the year' by Andy Williams wasn't the brain child of a wildlife enthusiast, as if it had been - it's highly likely that the song's lyrics would have been laden with delightful remarks about this time of year! As the natural world bursts into life with the arrival of tiny feet, feathers, plants and paws - we all stand at our windows, or stroll about our gardens…

    • 24 Apr 2020
  • Photo of the week: the extirpated avocet

    "Ex·tir·pat·ed: to remove, eradicate or destroy completely" - this week's blog combines two submissions to the Nature's Home inbox, this delightful photo of an avocet sent in by Janice Clark, and perhaps something a little more unusual (although we would love to see more of them!) a poem entitled 'The Extirpated Avocet' sent in by Frances Walton...

    Frances says: 'Waiting for…

    • 17 Apr 2020
  • News and updates: International Bat Appreciation Day!

    Today is Bat Appreciation Day and to do just that, we’re experiencing them in our gardens and sharing a sneak preview of the latest Nature’s Home magazine with tips on how you can help bats at home or away...

    How you can help bats: An exclusive Nature’s Home summer edition sneak preview

    Magical and mysterious, bats are our companions on clement summer evenings. But they’re in need of help.  Nicola…

    • 17 Apr 2020
  • Photo of the week: backyard safari...

    As the entire nation looks to their gardens or outside space for inspiration during lockdown, the Nature's Home inbox has become a cornucopia for garden wildlife sightings, nature tales and reports - it's wonderful to see so many of you finding solace and excitement in the comfort of your own homes, sending us photos and stories of wildlife you didn't even know was there until now! This week's blog features…

    • 10 Apr 2020
  • News and updates: Nature's Home Summer 2020

    The summer issue of Nature’s Home will be with all our members soon. We hope you can use it to enjoy a bit of escapism into the wonderful world of seabirds, tiny insects, and whales and dolphins... by Head of Supporter Communications, Sara Downes.

    We had to print the magazine just as coronavirus was reaching the UK, so some things have changed since then. We didn’t know what social isolation would look like for…

    • 9 Apr 2020
  • At home with nature: life in isolation from my Edinburgh flat...

    The joy of being in wild spaces, surrounded by creatures and plants has long been my way to recharge and slow down. Living in a city, this requires travelling to one of many green spaces within the city boundaries or taking a bus out to the wilderness beyond. Suddenly, we find ourselves in a world where these simple things are not available... by RSPB Project Manager, Bethan Jones.

    At first it seemed that my connection…

    • 2 Apr 2020