• 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
  • Photo of the Week: Big bird!

    What's better than one bird? Hundreds of birds! What's better than hundreds of birds? Thousands of birds! And what's better than thousands of birds? Thousands of birds shaped as one bird! This stunning photo of a knot murmuration was taken at our Snettisham reserve on the North Norfolk coast back in early November, by Nature's Home reader Dave Harrington.

    A giant bird army assembles! (photo courtesy of…

    • 28 Dec 2018
  • Your guide to the Big Garden Birdwatch

    The Big Garden Birdwatch is a nationwide RSPB citizen science project that anyone can join, and it’s on its way. As the Big Garden Birdwatch approaches, will be bringing you everything you need to know to prepare for the event.
    • 27 Dec 2018
  • Photo of the Week: Landing Spot

    More usually seen hovering over a motorway verge with eyes focused on its latest prey, kestrels are one of our most popular birds of prey despite recent declines in their population. So it's particularly nice to see one this close up, the beautiful spotted underside of its wings and breast and fanned tail clearly in view, as it comes in to land on an old bit of wood, eyes focused not on prey, but the landing spot.

    • 21 Dec 2018
  • What do waders eat?

    In the winter, the UK is home to vast numbers of resident and visiting waders. They flock to our shores, lasting out the water on our coastlines, but why? RSPB President Miranda Krestovnikoff shares what waders eat.
    • 20 Dec 2018
  • Explore a miniature, magical world: mosses and lichens

    Wildlife can be thinner on the ground this time of year - or so it might seem.

    Insects are few and far between and even birds are mainly quiet, localised and harder to pin down. This is certainly the case away from our bustling wetlands with woodlands, hedgerows and fields seeming eerily quiet at times.

    However, this is the time to slow things down and zoom in on a world that’s easy to overlook among the riches of spring…

    • 17 Dec 2018
  • Fill ya beaks!

    As the weather gets colder, it's important to keep your bird feeders stocked up. Especially if your garden birds are anything like this willow tit, who appears to want to fit as many sunflower seeds in its beak as possible!  

    And to think they call me greedy down at the local birdbath (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader, Barry Thomas)

    Many thanks to Barry Thomas for this picture of a hungry willow tit. Barry…

    • 14 Dec 2018
  • Inside your January issue of Nature's Home

    Christmas is coming, and it feels fantastic to have just sent our next issue to the printers’ - the last one of the year.  As the festivities fade, RSPB members will have a brand-new January issue of Nature’s Home to get stuck into &...
    • 13 Dec 2018
  • Bird of the month: the waxwing

    Welcome to the first in our series of blogs on seasonal species to look out for, with a few of our best tips for success thrown in. We’re kicking off with one of the very best birds winter has to offer: the wonderful waxwing.

    This is one of those birds that has it all. It looks stunning with a punky crest, pink-hued plumage and, depending on age and sex, a beautiful combo of waxy-red, yellow and white on its wings…

    • 10 Dec 2018
  • Photo of the week: At the end of the rainbow

    For many, finding the end of a rainbow is but a dream involving the discovery of a pot of gold, or perhaps a leprechaun, or maybe even both! (hey no one said I couldn't do clichés). But for Nature's Home reader Norman Marshall, imagine his surprise on finding that the end of a rainbow actually features...a herring gull!
    Norman may have been disappointed when he found a gull rather the gold he was promised…
    • 7 Dec 2018
  • 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.
    • 6 Dec 2018
  • My birdless birdwatch: How to encourage birds to your garden

    The beginners struggle to get birds to your feeders is, for some, a tricky one. I thought that I had it nailed in early January of this year when the week before the Big Garden Birdwatch I had four beautiful jays ground-feeding in my garden, Mr & Mrs blackbird enjoying the veg patches, and some lovely blue tits on the feeder. One week later and all I could muster for the big weekend was two collared doves trying to…

    • 3 Dec 2018
  • Photo of the Week: Fights, Flights and Fishing Rights

    Of all the bird species captured on cam' by our readers, kingfishers are undoubtedly one of the most popular. Brightly coloured, beautifully marked and often sitting perfectly still as they target their aquatic prey, they are perfectly suited to photography, exuding an air of regal superiority (hence the name?) and an almost serene calmness.

    Unless you're these two, who appear to be a having a rather heated discussion…

    • 30 Nov 2018
  • Bird migration terms and their meanings

    Feather's ruffled by bird migration jargon? Take a look at our handy glossary of bird migration terms.
    • 29 Nov 2018
  • My Big Garden Birdwatch wish list

    I have something in common with Big Garden Birdwatch – we both turn 40 in 2019. A little bit of maths tells me I've taken part in 25 of the counts, but I know some people who have done every one since 1979! To celebrate this special anniversary Birdwatch, I’ve put together my Christmas wish list - the birds I’d most like to see in my garden on the Birdwatch. 

    Bramblings are here in the UK in good numbers…

    • 26 Nov 2018
  • Photo of the week: Gold, frankincense and moult

    I think many of you would agree that this week has gotten a little Christmas heavy with the launch of the Christmas John Lewis advert (I didn't cry! You cried!) and the Black Friday madness.

    But there is one bird that couldn't be more excited. In fact this black-tailed godwit seems to be so excited about Christmas that they've held onto their red summer plumage seeing it fit for the spirit of Noël. Santa would be…

    • 23 Nov 2018
  • How to see winter migrants in the city

    It's not just in countryside and on coasts where you can see winter's new arrivals, there's plenty to be seen in cities, too. In the latest issue of Nature's Home, our columnist David Lindo shares how to see winter birds in your town or city.
    • 21 Nov 2018
  • Calls in the night – what’s flying over your garden?

    Have you ever wondered what goes on after dark in your garden? What about what goes on over your garden?

    As I walked out to my car on Friday night for a trip to the cinema, an unmistakable call sounded out twice as a bird flew over. It was a sound I associate with visits to the coast and especially muddy coastal marshes or estuaries. It was the call of a dunlin – one of several species of wader that are  now stacking…

    • 19 Nov 2018
  • Photo of the Week: Twist of Slime?

    This week our brilliant volunteer, Ben Hide, picked this brilliant photo and tells us why.

    OK, so this photo probably isn’t going to win any awards for cuteness or make you go “awwww” but it seemed such a unique and interesting occurrence that I had to select it as photo of the week. Sent in by Karen Andrews, the photo was taken in Scarfskerry – the most northerly settlement in mainland Great Britain, it shows two leopard…

    • 16 Nov 2018