• Photo of the week: feeding for breeding

    Whilst it may not be the most numerous bird in your garden, the robin is undoubtedly one of the nation's most loved. Voted Britain's first 'national bird' back in 2015, they are popular all year round, their friendly demeanour and loud, cheery song meaning they are seen and heard in gardens and beyond, up and down the country.

    So what could be better than seeing a young robin 'couple' nesting, feeding and…

    • 15 Mar 2019
  • Nature's Home photo of the week: shrike flight

    This great grey shrike by reader Colin Mayes really caught my eye when it arrived in the Nature's Home inbox.These scarce winter visitors to the UK, famed for impaling their small mammal and bird prey on thorns, are often distant, mobile and can be surprisingly elusive (for a bird that the books tell you sit in full view on the tops of trees and bushes). I was intrigued how he got such a stunning shot. Here's how…

    • 8 Mar 2019
  • Photo of the week: robin reliable

    As the shorter, colder days of January become a distant memory during an unseasonably warm February, the snowy verges and frost covered branches make way for daffodils and other shoots of life. Some birds are even starting to nest now, remarkably early and perhaps a sign that our seasonal "norms" are shifting.

    Maybe that is where this robin is off to in such a hurry, beginning its nest-building preparations…

    • 1 Mar 2019
  • Photo of the week: The return of the swallow

    The strangely warm weather for February has brought swallows, sand martins and house martins to our shores far sooner than usual. In fact their arrival in 2018 was nearly a month later than this year. As we question why these passerine birds have rocked up to the party early, we should also consider the long journey they have taken. All the way from South Africa to the UK these visitors travel around 200 miles a day! 

    • 22 Feb 2019
  • Changing diets

    As the winter begins to thaw and new life breaks through, life for our wildlife becomes easier. Birds will be off the meagre diets of seeds and nuts that has lasted them through the winter and back on to juicy insects, fruit and, later in summer, berries. Eating a mixed and varied diet might seem normal for us, but for wildlife it can often require some pretty major changes. Did you know that some birds even undergo…
    • 21 Feb 2019
  • Photo of the week: A choughing good snap

    This coastline crow with it's bright red bill is, in my opinion, the most striking of the corvid family. The chough is often known for it's Cornish roots, standing proud on the counties coat of arms. But in 1947 a pair of these handsome birds nested for the last time for many decades to come. It wasn't until 1960 that a pair of choughs took to the Cornish cliffs once more. But sadly in 1967, one of the pair…

    • 15 Feb 2019
  • All about lichens

    You may not have noticed lichens and mosses. They seep into a landscape, growing on walls, trees, even gravestones, but these amazing organisms are actually extremely complex, and hugely beneficial to our environment. Nature’s Home columnist Nicola Chester tells us all about lichens.
    • 14 Feb 2019
  • The ballad of the dawn chorus

    This morning I was stirred by the chirping, chirruping and tweeting of birds around the estate. It was not the alarm clock I was expecting on a Monday morning but I spent 5 minutes enjoying the dawn chorus before hitting the snooze button on my brain and returning to my slumber.

    With Valentine's day a few weeks behind me, the dawn chorus reminded me of the reason we celebrate the day with the theme of love.

    An origin…

    • 11 Feb 2019
  • Photo of the week: hang in there

    For many birds, winter can be a tough time. Big or small, countryside or urban dwellers, finding food, warmth and shelter can be hard work during the colder, shorter days of winter.  But that doesn't seem to bother this little blue tit, who looks pretty relaxed hanging out on this branch.

    Hey guys, do you like my impression of a bat? (photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader Mark Glenister)

    We've got some tips on…

    • 8 Feb 2019
  • Show your love for nature this Valentine's Day – how to reduce your carbon footprint

    It’s Valentine’s Day this week and love is all around… But this year, can you spare a little bit of love for our wonderful natural world? Show your love for nature, where a green heart and cut down your carbon footprint with these four easy steps.
    • 7 Feb 2019
  • Find February's finest wild sights

    I like to practice what I preach, so I checked back in on the current issue of Nature’s Home to see what species I’d picked out for the Wild about month-by-month pages as “must-sees”. You must remember that when Anna and the rest of the team ask me to supply these, it is back in the autumn, so there's a little bit of forward-thinking required.


    Keep your Nature's Home handy for wildlife-watching…

    • 4 Feb 2019
  • Photo of the week: The wind beneath your wings

    Big Garden Birdwatch, as quickly as it was here, it was gone again. Much like the wind beneath our photo of the week's feathers.

    This amusing shot of a windswept nuthatch was taken during Barry Thomas' Big Garden Birdwatch last weekend. 

    Batten down the (nut)hatches! (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader Barry Thomas)

    Did you see any nuthatches on your Big Garden Birdwatch? Let us know in the comments below…

    • 1 Feb 2019
  • Big Garden Birdwatch – what next?

    The Big Garden Birdwatch is over, but there’s still plenty more you can do to help your local wildlife this winter! Follow our step-by-step guide on what to do now that the Birdwatch has finished.

    1. Submit your results

    Don’t forget to submit your results to the RSPB. You have until 17 February to do this online. Even if you saw nothing, your results will help the RSPB build a picture of the current state of the…

    • 31 Jan 2019
  • How was your Big Garden Birdwatch?

    The conversation soon turned to “What did you see then?” here at The Lodge this morning.

    I certainly saw less than I expected and I couldn't help thinking this was linked to the garden bird declines I spoke about on BBC Look East on Friday when the crew came to The Lodge to film. I was very pleased that the birds were performing for them though on the feeders at the shop. The cameraman got some brilliant…

    • 28 Jan 2019
  • Photo of the week: Share the love

    As a month, February is all about love. From the commercial romance of Valentines Day to the RSPB supported 'Show the Love' campaign from the Climate Coalition, caring, sharing and heart-wearing is the theme of the year's second month. And when it comes to sharing, the bird world doesn't come much more social than the long-tailed tit.

    Often seen in large family groups, these lot are not only displaying…

    • 25 Jan 2019
  • What you could see on the Big Garden Birdwatch

    The Big Garden Birdwatch is this weekend! Take part for one hour from 26th–28th January and let the RSPB know what wildlife you can see in your garden. As well as being a vital way for the RSPB to keep track of our garden wildlife, the world’s largest garden wildlife survey is also a great way to get to know the species in your garden. Here are just a few of the species you could see.
    • 24 Jan 2019
  • Bird of the month: the crane

    This magnificent bird is a true conservation success story and the fabulous flocks they form are one of winter’s finest sights.

    Cranes returned to the UK in 1979, following hundreds of years of extinction as a breeding bird here, when three pioneering birds spent winter in the Norfolk Broads. I've always been fascinated by cranes and I wonder if the fact they they returned to the UK in the year I was born has something…

    • 21 Jan 2019
  • Photo of the week: bustling blackbird

    This week’s photo celebrates my favourite garden bird, the blackbird. A charming species that hops joyfully sweeping the garden for grubs and berries.

    Blackbirds are often the first to start singing in the year and they have a repertoire of songs to choose from so make sure you listen out for their early morning song in the coming weeks.

    Forget fight or flight, this blackbird's all about food or flight (Photo courtesy…

    • 18 Jan 2019
  • Where to do the Big Garden Birdwatch

    The Big Garden Birdwatch is the world’s largest garden wildlife survey, and the data it provides gives the RSPB with a valuable insight into the welfare of our garden wildlife. But that doesn’t mean you have to have a garden to take part. From 26th–28th January, you can spend an hour counting the birds and do your bit for nature, no matter how big or small your local patch.
    • 17 Jan 2019
  • Get to know the wonderful weasel

    Wildlife has a wonderful way of surprising us with something remarkable that makes you smile, gasp or just gives you a really warm glow. It doesn’t matter how long you have been enjoying nature, there are always new things to see, or familiar things doing new things or in different places. When they are on your doorstep, they become very special memories indeed. 

    I was working from home last Friday and was on the…

    • 14 Jan 2019
  • Why do the Big Garden Birdwatch?

    The Big Garden Birdwatch takes place every year, and this year it is running from 26th–28th January. The largest garden wildlife survey in the world, this citizen science survey provides the RSPB with a picture of how our garden birds are faring. But it has massive benefits for you, too. Simon Barnes explains...
    • 10 Jan 2019
  • Photo of the week: Hare Care

    With Big Garden Bird Watch on the horizon, it's worth remembering that plenty of other wildlife can be seen in our gardens. Like this family of hares, the mum feeding three leverets in the garden of Nature's Home reader, Robert Reid, who said "This Hare gave birth to 3 leverets in our garden...the mother would come about the same time every night to feed them"

    So remember, whilst you stock up your feeders…

    • 9 Jan 2019
  • How to attract goldfinches to your garden for Big Garden Birdwatch

    I don’t know about you, but it had been rather quiet for birds visiting my garden up until Christmas. I kept my feeders and bird table topped up though with my usual combo of feeder mix and table mix, but it was very much the occasional bird dropping in rather than a steady stream of visitors.

    Over the Christmas break, a pair of goldfinches turned up, which out a smile on our faces. A pair visits occasionally, so…

    • 7 Jan 2019
  • Photo of the week: wave goodbye

    There's nothing like a bracing winter walk on the beach and this splendid shot of a sanderling dodging the incoming tide and breaking waves at Fleetwood transported me right there. I hope it works for you too!

    Donald Bibby's fantastic image is the deserving winner of the Nature's Home photo of the week.


    Sanderling by Nature's Home reader Donald Bibby 

    The January issue of Nature's Home is out now, packed…

    • 4 Jan 2019
  • The Big Garden Birdwatch by numbers

    We're counting down the days until this year's Big Garden Birdwatch – the world's largest garden wildlife survey. You can take part between 26th–28th January 2019 by counting the birds in your garden and letting us know what you saw. Over the last 40 years we've learnt a lot from the data you've sent us. Take a look at some of our top stats...
    • 3 Jan 2019