• International Women’s Day: A Spotlight on Hens

    Anastasia McKeating, Sian Denney and India James 

    On March 8th, 2021 we celebrate International Women’s Day! Here at the RSPB we think it is important to celebrate women's achievements throughout history, and this year we want to put the spotlight on some of our favourite female birds that are so often overlooked.  

    Over the last year or so, our Wildlife Enquiries Team have had an increasing number of queries asking why it is us…

    • 1 Mar 2021
  • Photo of the week: Spotted! Water rail

    Jen Chandler

    Sometimes described as sounding like a disgruntled squealing piglet. Or perhaps you’ve heard its tired moan and sharp ‘kip’ calls when disturbed, the water rail is a common backdrop to your wetland walk. But how many of us can say we have seen one in the open, or even, photographed one? Well Nature’s Home reader, Anne-Marie Imeson ticked all the boxes. 

    The photo, taken at RSPB Leighton Mos…

    • 22 Feb 2021
  • How has nature helped you? For Trevor Parsons, it may have been a lifeline

    Watching garden birds in your local area, butterflies and bumblebees descend on the flower beds, or simply the sunlight through the trees, has been a welcome break from our locked down dwellings. But when Trevor Parsons, a wildlife and landscape photography from Dorset, experienced his second mental breakdown in 2013, nature really stepped up to the plate. We recently caught up with Trevor to hear about his story and learn how he…

    • 22 Jan 2021
  • Wild windows raise a smile during lockdown

    Laura Sherwood-King

    When lockdown started in March and I found myself on furlough for 4 months I was determined to try and continue making a difference for nature even though I could not actively work or promote our fundraising. After spending some weeks in the garden planting, creating wildlife habitats and getting round to jobs left undone for years I was inspired by the campaign to display teddies in our windows to…

    • 15 Jan 2021
  • Photo of the week: Woodcock in the garden

    Jos Ashpole

    Nature's Home reader Christine Barker sent us this photo of a beautiful woodcock sheltering in her daughter's garden.

    Woodcock - image by Christine Barker

    Christine says: “It spent a little time finding food on the lawn, but mostly kept still, eyes alert, under the bushes. It had flown away by the next morning.”

    Secretive woodland dwellers

    Woodcocks are elusive birds. As you can see from the photo, they have a mottled-brown…

    • 8 Jan 2021
  • Connecting to Nature in Winter

    Anastasia McKeating

    Our nature calendar (pdf download link below) has been created to help you stay connected throughout the next month and beyond, and we would love to hear about your relationship with the natural world and how it changes during winter.

    Working on the RSPB Wildlife Enquiries team, I am privileged to hear so many wonderful stories about peoples’ experiences with nature. Whether they are reporting a sighting…

    • 7 Jan 2021
  • A virtual walk around Swanscombe Peninsula

    Donna Zimmer

    Swanscombe Peninsula in Kent is one of my favourite green spaces. It’s an urban wilderness with an outstanding mosaic of habitats which attracts some rather special species.

    Unfortunately this site is under threat from a Theme Park proposal.

    In autumn, whilst I was out getting my daily allowed exercise, I decided to showcase this area. So I put together this short film (below).

    Relax and enjoy a virtual…

    • 6 Jan 2021
  • Photo of the week: the wonderful wren

    Jen Chandler

    It is not long to go until the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch (29 - 31 January) and we thought we'd feature one of the garden birds you may spot…the tiny wren!

    Wren - Nature's Home reader Finbarr Carroll

    Wren - Finbarr Carroll

    This delightful photo was sent in by Nature’s Home magazine reader, Finbarr Carroll and shows the wren’s unmistakable erect, short, narrow tail.

    If you've ever seen a wren, you will know that these…

    • 15 Dec 2020
  • Local groups find new ways to connect

    George LeeHarris

    In the face of uncertainty, with face-to-face activities suspended and normal routines stopped, our local groups have been putting in extra effort and getting creative to find new ways of engaging with their members! Banding together to support each other in new ways and reach new audiences through amazing online engagement, many have been more active than ever.

    Helen Ensor's garden birds talk to BFriend

    Helen Ensor's garden birds talk to B…

    • 15 Dec 2020
  • On location at Old Moor

    Gillian Burke shares her experiences of filming Autumnwatch at RSPB Old Moor

    Gillian Burke

    Gillian Burke - image by Sara Humphrey

    Explosions and sirens are going off all around me. It’s not your typical experience at an RSPB reserve but this is not your typical reserve. It is Bonfire Night and I am co-hosting Autumnwatch 2020 from RSPB Old Moor in the heart of South Yorkshire’s Dearne Valley. Luckily the commotion does not…

    • 7 Dec 2020
  • WildArt 2020 Competition Winners


    Join us as we celebrate this year's winning artwork. WildArt is run by the RSPB in partnership with the Cameron Bespolka Trust, and this year we were even bigger - we received thousands of entries for both the 'Real Life' and 'Go Wild' categories.

    Since we couldn't celebrate the wonderful wildlife artwork at the gallery due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, we've…

    • 3 Dec 2020
  • How your support helps wildlife thrive

    Sara Downes

    Nature conservation is a slow job. Growing delicate new habitats, making sure species have just the right conditions to thrive, conducting years of research and campaigning for change, it all takes time. And sometimes work goes on quietly behind the scenes – over months, years or even decades - that culminates in a huge win for wildlife.

    We’ve selected just three of these recent successes that wouldn…

    • 2 Dec 2020
  • Your December nature questions answered


    In this video we answer the nature questions we most often get asked at this time of year. Is 'reindeer food' safe for birds? Why are those swans on the road? Which 'winter birds' might turn up in the garden? Why do birds need to eat fat in cold weather?

    And what's the best way of providing water for birds during winter?

    With the RSPB's Jamie Wyver and Molly Brown. …

    • 30 Nov 2020
  • Notes on Nature TV: noisy owls, fighting kingfishers, saving the pine hoverfly and your wildlife photos


    This week, your Notes on Nature TV has stunning footage of some fighting kingfishers - you’ll also find out who wins the noisiest owl contest!

    As usual, some incredible bird and wildlife photos from you including an oystercatcher that really stands out, mysterious fungi and a dramatic moment over a reedbed.

    You can see our previous Notes on Nature TV videos here:

    Episode 3 https:/…

    • 25 Nov 2020
  • Birds on the move

    Caroline Mead

    Fieldfare - Ben Andrew (rspb-images.com)

    Fieldfare - Ben Andrew (rspb-images.com)

    One in five of the world’s 11,000 bird species migrates. Some migratory birds fly hundreds of thousands of kilometres in a lifetime in order to feed, nest, raise their young and survive.

    But these journeys are often perilous. At any stages of their journey they may be at risk of habitat loss, unsustainable levels of hunting, illegal killing, poisoning, collisions…

    • 23 Nov 2020
  • Photo of the Week: A tale of two plumages

    Jen Chandler

    Black-headed gull in winter plumage - Dave Buttery

    Black-headed gull - Dave Buttery

    Our photo of the week is a striking image of a black-headed gull in flight. But, 'where is its black head?' you may exclaim! Well, this image from Nature's Home reader Dave Buttery shows the gull in its winter plumage. For the black-headed gull, this means that its chocolate-brown head feathers, which it has for most of the year, are replaced by white ones, signifying…

    • 23 Nov 2020
  • Notes on Nature TV: Winter moths and your garden wildlife


    This week meet some wonderful winter moths and discover why you should put that rake down and leave your leaves for nature.

    Plus enjoy some of the best pictures and videos from the RSPB's #BreakfastBirdwatch

    Subscribe to this blog: If you enjoy reading the latest news and updates from Nature's Home Magazine Uncovered - click on 'subscribe by email'  on the right.

    For more on…

    • 19 Nov 2020
  • Kingfisher rescue

    Kingfisher - Jayne Kirkby

    Image by Jayne Kirkby

    An unusual sight awaited Nature’s Home reader Jayne Kirkby as she arrived at work one morning. This kingfisher was sitting on a windowsill with its head tucked under its wing. As Jayne approached it fluttered a little but dropped to the ground and couldn’t seem to move any further. It clearly needed help – particularly as it was in a courtyard surrounded by two storey building on all sides…

    • 16 Nov 2020
  • Notes on Nature: Redwings, bird feeder tips and your wildlife photos


    In this short video we look at redwings, bird feeder tips, your wildlife photos and listening out for birds migrating overhead at night!

    You can see our previous Notes on Nature video here

    We'd love to hear your ideas for future videos. Contact us at natureshome@rspb.org.uk

    • 12 Nov 2020
  • Notes on Nature: Breakfast Birdwatch, fungi hunting and get your nestboxes ready


    In this short video we celebrate autumn, with a look at what you might see in your garden or out and about.

    We've also got some great ideas if you're not travelling far at the moment, with nature films to watch and ways you can help your local wildlife.

    We'd love to hear your ideas for future videos. Contact us at natureshome@rspb.org.uk

    • 6 Nov 2020
  • A vulture visits


    Young birder and conservationist Indy Kiemel Greene discusses the bearded vulture that visited the UK this year. Indy describes his own encounter with this brilliant bird and tracks its journey around the country.

    Indy has recently joined the RSPB Youth Council

    • 6 Nov 2020
  • Your November nature questions answered


    Which nestboxes can you put up for birds in your garden? When can you trim hedges without disturbing wildlife? And how can you help your local hedgehogs?

    We discuss these questions and more in this short video.

    If you'd like to find out more about some of the topics we talk about, here are some handy links:

    RSPB nestboxes

    Make your own birdbox

    Make a nestbox for swifts

    Build a hedgehog…

    • 3 Nov 2020
  • Restoring peatlands for the climate


    Restoring our peatlands is a crucial part of dealing with the climate crisis. On RSPB Scotland’s spectacular Abernethy nature reserve, work is going in the remotest of locations 800 metres up in the Cairngorms to make this a reality. This is also part of our work with partners to help transform the wider Cairngorms landscape.

    Together with Cairngorms Connect and funding from Peatland ACT…

    • 30 Oct 2020
  • Species Spotlight: Bearded tit

    Luke Phillips

    Bearded tits - Howard Harrison

    Bearded tits - image by Nature's Home reader Howard Harrison

    One of the most rewarding aspects of watching birds is getting a glimpse of something that’s normally difficult to see. And if you’re a fan of wetland wildlife you’ll know that reedbeds are home to a variety of well-hidden, often shy and skulking, birds. There are the bitterns, beautifully camouflaged herons that blend in with yellow and…

    • 26 Oct 2020
  • Celebrating spiders in all their guises

    Jos Ashpole

    There are lots of things to love about autumn: golden leaves, hedgerows full of fruit and fabulous fungi. And let’s not forget misty mornings where dew reveals bewelled spiders’ webs! They seem to be everywhere – in our gardens and hedgerows, on street signs and even on and in our homes.

    Spiders get a lot of negative press and particularly around Halloween they’re associated with ghosts, ghouls…

    • 26 Oct 2020