• Hanging by a thread


    Hanging by a thread (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader Michaela Nelson)

    In a chaotic world, the intricacies of nature can sometimes get drowned out. Though other species might steal the limelight, the finer details nestled among our wildlife can be just as beautiful – if not even more so. Perched on a web at The Botanical Gardens in Durham, this delicate eight-legged critter sits peacefully between petals, waiting…

    • 19 Jul 2019
  • Photo of the week: Yes, I'm gorgeous and I know it!


    Yes, I’m gorgeous and I know it! (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader Craig Smith)

    Often spotted hovering high above road verges, a kestrel in flight is a distinctive image that many of us are familiar with. Nature’s Home reader Craig Smith shares with us this gorgeous poser taken at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston, Lancashire – tired from scouring the fields for potential prey but still managing…

    • 12 Jul 2019
  • Photo of the Week: Puffin Loving

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    Summer Lovin’ (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader Mike Woolley)
     

    As the days draw longer and the nights warmer, the UK’s rich sunsets are the perfect setting for evening adventures – with many of us seizing the fleeting opportunity to explore the great outdoors before we’re once again pelted with endless drizzle.

    Golden hour is also a fantastic time to saunter with camera in hand and find…

    • 5 Jul 2019
  • Photo of the week: Angsty Arctic tern

    Mind your head! Incoming tern! This is RSPB Nature's Home Photo of the week: Angsty Arctic tern
    • 28 Jun 2019
  • Eight summer migrants to see – and how to help them

    Many of our much-loved UK summer birds make testing long-distance migrations to our shores. These journeys are a real test of endurance for birds – who have to deal with extreme, changeable weather, long sea crossings, persecution and scarce food. Many will not make it. Every year, fewer and fewer of our iconic summer birds – swifts, cuckoos and turtle doves – return to our shores. So what can we do to help our precious…
    • 27 Jun 2019
  • Your guide to wildlife photography

    Discover how to get started in wildlife photography, and how to become an expert, with tips and tricks from our Nature’s Home photography columnist Ben Andrew.
    • 25 Jun 2019
  • Photo of the week: A different perspective

    This week's photo of the week is picked by our wonderful volunteer Maddy Smith. Look out for more from Maddy in weeks to come.

    When we think of a bird’s-eye view, this isn’t exactly what springs to mind!

    This handsome chap was snapped while taking a breather from pecking away at his sunflower heart snack. A British garden staple, these charismatic little birds are commonly found across the UK. Thanks to…

    • 21 Jun 2019
  • Photo of the week: The adventures of Wilbur the wood mouse

    Once upon a time there lived a friendly wood mouse named Wilbur. He dined on seeds, nuts, shoots and funghi. Wilbur found all his favourite foods in Jenny Davis' garden. Jenny liked Wilbur a lot and decided she wanted to remember him forever so photographed his adventures and sent them to us.

    Whilst perusing the photos we received this week, Wilbur the wood mouse undoubtedly stole my attention for obvious reasons…

    • 7 Jun 2019
  • How to make a wildlife garden: jobs for June

    The warm weather has us all enjoying our gardens. While you're out there, it's a great time to make some improvements to help wildlife, too. Here are four easy ways to garden for wildlife this summer.  Take cuttings Want...
    • 1 Jun 2019
  • Photo of the week: What a catch

    If you've been following the sports news this week then you'll know that Ben Stokes made an amazing catch in the Cricket World Cup yesterday against South Africa. But Stokes' isn't the only magnificent catcher this week.

    Poor mayfly doesn't know what's about to hit him (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader Paul Marfell)

    This little sparrow has truly earned it's dinner with that catch. Taken…

    • 31 May 2019
  • UK terns and where to find them

    The UK terns are a sumptuous bunch – snow-white angels airing through the sky with effortless wingbeats and long forked tails that give them the colloquial moniker "sea swallows". These long distance migrants visit our shores to stop off, to rest and even to breed. Take a look at the terns that you could see in the UK.
    • 30 May 2019
  • Photo of the week: The unsung pollinator

    Everyone loves a ladybird, right? I mean, your classic ladybird - red with black spots. But did you know of their pollination power? 

    Going about their daily business looking for food, be it aphid or nectar, these minibeasts collect pollen all over their bodies, making them accidental pollination heroes. And looking at this 24-spot, he's been chowing down on some tasty food.

    Achooo… it's a bad time to develop hayfever…

    • 24 May 2019
  • Photo of the week: puffa-puffarazi

    The puffin. A bird with one of the most expressive faces on UK shores. Forever sorrowful, which is no surprise since, in recent years, their supply of tasty sand eels seems to have dwindled leading to the birds being marked as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List

    And this little puffin is no different. 

    Please sir, can I have some more? (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader Sophie Cockburn)

    Sophie took this amazing…

    • 17 May 2019
  • Nature's Home photo of the week: on a cliff edge

    Seabird colonies are getting into full swing around the UK coast, so it is perfect timing for featuring one of the many superb shots of gannets that have been winging their way into the Nature's Home magazine inbox in the last couple of weeks.

    Nature's Home reader Stephen Bowden cleverly captioned his photo as "gannet that stood on a lego brick with bare feet". Know the feeling? I know I do. Ouch!

    Congratulations…

    • 9 May 2019
  • Nature's Home photo of the week: best foot forward

    Dippers are the birds that go where other birds dare not: fast-flowing rapids of icy cold water in our rivers and streams.

    They obtain much of their aquatic prey by swimming underwater and walking along the riverbed and the confident stride of this dapper dipper sent in by Nature's Home reader Paul Fisher shows just how it's done.

    Thanks for sharing Paul - your shot is the Nature's Home photo of the week…

    • 3 May 2019
  • Top 10 bird soloists to hear this year

    It’s spring, and it’s the time of year when birds start to become more vocal. With the longer days and the warmer weather comes a hive of activity – migrating, territory defending and, of course, breeding. And with all this action comes a tidal wave of sound. Every morning, the air is filled with the sound of birdsong – this is the dawn chorus. Among all the many varied and wondrous bird sounds, there are some that stand…
    • 2 May 2019
  • Top 10 RSPB reserves for birdsong

    As winter gives way to spring, our wildlife starts to switch gears. With the longer days and the warmer weather comes a hive of activity – migrating, territory defending and, of course, breeding. And with all this action comes a tidal wave of sound. Every morning, the air is filled with the sound of birdsong – this is the dawn chorus. Here are our top 10 reserves for experiencing the day chorus.
    • 1 May 2019
  • The making of Let Nature Sing – the behind-the-scenes story of the RSPB's assault on the pop charts

    I’m hoping that you’ve heard the news that the RSPB is making a bid to get into the pop charts. I know! Who would have thought it possible?!

    Our track is pure birdsong and is called Let Nature Sing. Its aim is simple: firstly, it celebrates nature’s ‘music’, featuring favourites such as the blackbird and robin. But secondly, in doing so, we can draw attention – in an unusual and headline…

    • 27 Apr 2019
  • Photo of the week: startled redstart

    This week, Susanna O'Neil from the RSPB Bempton Cliffs office picks her photo of the week from the Nature's Home inbox.

    With fewer than 100 breeding pairs in the UK, Veronica Richardson was lucky to catch this beautiful picture of a black redstart during a visit to Shingle Street in Suffolk. A self-confessed novice with a camera, we would have to say Veronica has caught a rare and wonderful shot of this bird in…

    • 26 Apr 2019
  • Photo of the week: battle of the bath

    This week, Susanna O'Neill from the RSPB Bempton Cliffs office picks her photo of the week from the Nature's Home inbox.

    Thanks to our Nature’s Home reader Janice Thompson, from Manchester, who snapped this delightful image of a flutter of fluffed up sparrows having a splash. Water is an amazingly important feature in any garden and birds use it not just for drinking, but also to dampen their feathers to…

    • 19 Apr 2019
  • Photo of the week: who's for dinner?

    This week, Susanna O'Neill from the RSPB Bempton Cliffs office picks her photo of the week from the Nature's Home inbox.

    This fabulous photo was taken by Nature’s Home reader Ron Cooper while he was taking a walk in his local park in Cheltenham. Denying the unfortunate perch chance to even enjoy its last meal, the heron has a bonus two for one in this lucky shot, its dagger-like beak and beady eye highlighted…

    • 11 Apr 2019
  • Photo of the week: here's looking at you

    This fabulous toad was snapped by Nature's Home reader Roger Cope.

    "This toad popped out of the undergrowth as I was gardening; I had time for one snap at eye level before it hopped off!"

    And what a snap it is. An opportunity well and truly seized to capture the character of this warty wetland wonder in our photo of the week.

    • 5 Apr 2019
  • What happens inside a pupa?

    Dangling from a leaf on a fine silk thread, a chrysalis sways and spins in the warm morning breeze. Inside, a butterfly is about to emerge. It has spent the last few days metamorphosing from a caterpillar – hidden from our gaze, its whole body restructuring itself for a new phase of life. But what actually happens inside a chrysalis?
    • 3 Apr 2019
  • All about blanket bogs: how peatland is key in the fight against climate change

    Around 12% of the world's blanket bog is found in the UK. These special wetlands are valuable carbon sinks, holding as much carbon as half of the Earth's atmospheric levels. Blanket bogs are a vital resource in the fight against climate change, and yet they're becoming increasingly rare. So what is blanket bog exactly, why is it so crucial in the fight against climate change and what can we do to save i
    • 2 Apr 2019
  • Photo of the week: who's the grebest dancer

    Famed for their elaborate courtship "dance", great crested grebes are one of the most striking and recognisable waterbirds in the UK. From their piercing eyes to their elaborate head plumage, enhanced during courtship, you can't fail to be impressed by these birds.

    While this pair, snapped by Nature's Home reader, Mark Sweeney, at RSPB Loch Leven, are not fully immersed in their courtship ritual just…

    • 29 Mar 2019