• Show your love for nature this Valentine's Day – how to reduce your carbon footprint

    It’s Valentine’s Day this week and love is all around… But this year, can you spare a little bit of love for our wonderful natural world? Show your love for nature, where a green heart and cut down your carbon footprint with these four easy steps.
    • 7 Feb 2019
  • Find February's finest wild sights

    I like to practice what I preach, so I checked back in on the current issue of Nature’s Home to see what species I’d picked out for the Wild about month-by-month pages as “must-sees”. You must remember that when Anna and the rest of the team ask me to supply these, it is back in the autumn, so there's a little bit of forward-thinking required.


    Keep your Nature's Home handy for wildlife-watching…

    • 4 Feb 2019
  • Photo of the week: The wind beneath your wings

    Big Garden Birdwatch, as quickly as it was here, it was gone again. Much like the wind beneath our photo of the week's feathers.

    This amusing shot of a windswept nuthatch was taken during Barry Thomas' Big Garden Birdwatch last weekend. 

    Batten down the (nut)hatches! (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader Barry Thomas)

    Did you see any nuthatches on your Big Garden Birdwatch? Let us know in the comments below…

    • 1 Feb 2019
  • Big Garden Birdwatch – what next?

    The Big Garden Birdwatch is over, but there’s still plenty more you can do to help your local wildlife this winter! Follow our step-by-step guide on what to do now that the Birdwatch has finished.

    1. Submit your results

    Don’t forget to submit your results to the RSPB. You have until 17 February to do this online. Even if you saw nothing, your results will help the RSPB build a picture of the current state of the…

    • 31 Jan 2019
  • How was your Big Garden Birdwatch?

    The conversation soon turned to “What did you see then?” here at The Lodge this morning.

    I certainly saw less than I expected and I couldn't help thinking this was linked to the garden bird declines I spoke about on BBC Look East on Friday when the crew came to The Lodge to film. I was very pleased that the birds were performing for them though on the feeders at the shop. The cameraman got some brilliant…

    • 28 Jan 2019
  • Photo of the week: Share the love

    As a month, February is all about love. From the commercial romance of Valentines Day to the RSPB supported 'Show the Love' campaign from the Climate Coalition, caring, sharing and heart-wearing is the theme of the year's second month. And when it comes to sharing, the bird world doesn't come much more social than the long-tailed tit.

    Often seen in large family groups, these lot are not only displaying…

    • 25 Jan 2019
  • What you could see on the Big Garden Birdwatch

    The Big Garden Birdwatch is this weekend! Take part for one hour from 26th–28th January and let the RSPB know what wildlife you can see in your garden. As well as being a vital way for the RSPB to keep track of our garden wildlife, the world’s largest garden wildlife survey is also a great way to get to know the species in your garden. Here are just a few of the species you could see.
    • 24 Jan 2019
  • Bird of the month: the crane

    This magnificent bird is a true conservation success story and the fabulous flocks they form are one of winter’s finest sights.

    Cranes returned to the UK in 1979, following hundreds of years of extinction as a breeding bird here, when three pioneering birds spent winter in the Norfolk Broads. I've always been fascinated by cranes and I wonder if the fact they they returned to the UK in the year I was born has something…

    • 21 Jan 2019
  • Photo of the week: bustling blackbird

    This week’s photo celebrates my favourite garden bird, the blackbird. A charming species that hops joyfully sweeping the garden for grubs and berries.

    Blackbirds are often the first to start singing in the year and they have a repertoire of songs to choose from so make sure you listen out for their early morning song in the coming weeks.

    Forget fight or flight, this blackbird's all about food or flight (Photo courtesy…

    • 18 Jan 2019
  • 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