• 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
  • Photo of the week: king of the fishers

    "Who's this perched upon the branch, waiting for the perfect chance? With eager eyes, he scans the pool, one of nature's miracles. Splash and plop - in you go, no sufferer of vertigo. Back to the branch with his prize of fish, down in one - hmmm delish! With breast bright orange and feathers blue, he's the king of the fishers - that's who" (photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader, Angela Parkes…

    • 18 Mar 2020
  • Building a wildlife garden from scratch: hedging and spring bulbs

    I’ve had a few nature-related injuries in my life: limbs shredded by brambles while engrossed in following an insect; branches whipping into an eye as I ducked through trees scouring the woodland floor for fungi and some serious blisters from long hikes, but the after-effects of my 7-hour solid wildlife gardening digging and planting session ranks up there with the most painful encounters. As they say no pain, no gain…

    • 2 Mar 2020
  • Photo of the week: berry hunters

    Ah... the waxwing, is there a more beautiful winter visitor? Prompted by today's generous smattering of snow, and the discovery of this gorgeous photo sitting in the Nature’s Home inbox, this week's blog is all about these exotic looking visitors from the north and their endless quest for berries... (photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader, Fred Chapman).

    To talk of the waxwing, first we need to understand…

    • 28 Feb 2020
  • Photo of the week: the curlew and the crab

    Pinch! The odds don't look great for this little shore crab, suffice to say – I think we know how this story ends. But what of the bigger story? Well… you might be surprised to learn that in terms of 'species survival rates' the odds would be stacked in the crab’s favour, as curlew numbers have declined dramatically in the last few decades. Find out how you can help this iconic species (and how to…

    • 19 Feb 2020
  • Building a wildlife garden from scratch: plant, plant, plant

    Welcome to the second blog on what's been happening in my garden since RSPB gardening expert Adrian Thomas visited us last summer with a brief to provide us with a master plan to make it more wildlife-friendly. If you're an RSPB member, hopefully you have seen the feature in Nature's Home Spring 2020 (p80) that shows we have quite a lot of work to do! Last time, it was all about the bees and... well the be…

    • 10 Feb 2020
  • Photo of the week: you missed a spot!

    Do you enjoy words that evoke great conversation and bolster your birding vocabulary? If so, we think you'll like this one - 'leucistic'. Leucism is a condition that affects the pigmentation of certain cells due to the absence of melanin, resulting in a white or washed-out appearance of the feathers – an example of this condition is modelled perfectly by our little friend above. The question is… what species…

    • 31 Jan 2020
  • Photo of the week: is it safe to come out yet?

    'Is it safe to come out yet?' isn't just the novelty phrase attributed to this week's Photo of the week, it appears to be the question on the lips, beaks, mandibles and in the case of a plants - photoreceptors of every living thing on the planet. Climate change is prompting us all to question our behaviours - much like the early flowering snowdrop - will we ‘emerge’ victorious? Only time will tell……

    • 17 Jan 2020
  • Building a wildlife garden from scratch - 5-star accommodation for bees

    Welcome to the first of my updates on what's been happening in my garden since RSPB gardening expert Adrian Thomas paid a visit last summer, as featured in Nature's Home Spring 2020. Adrian knows his stuff and I was all too aware I hadn’t done as much as I should in the garden since we moved in, so committing to these "what has he done since?" blogs seemed like the perfect way to make sure we turned his advice…

    • 13 Jan 2020
  • Photo of the week: like what you see?

    This week's blog is all about making the most of wildlife visitations to your garden. Not only is participation in the Big Garden Birdwatch (BGBW) vital for collating data to see how wildlife numbers are faring - you can also use this time to take beautiful photographs of our most common (and treasured!) garden birds. For this reason, 'Photo of the week' simply has to go to Nature's Home reader, Paul Bennett…

    • 10 Jan 2020
  • Photo of the week: 'Ding Dong Merrily on High'

    If a coal tit could ever be accused of looking like a miniature carol singer, this little fella would be guilty as charged! Merry Christmas from all of us here at Nature's Home Magazine (photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader, Morgan Caygill). 

    When carefully selecting a submission for our Photo of the week (Christmas special), we stumbled across this chirpy little fellow and knew straight away we had found a winner…

    • 20 Dec 2019
  • 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