• 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
  • 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