2012 Was the Year of the Slug!

Well, I’m glad something enjoyed 2012’s wet weather, the second wettest year on record!! The National Trust has reported unsettled, unpredictable and at times chaotic weather has meant that this year has been hugely challenging for wildlife. According to experts from the National Trust, birds and insects have struggled, while […]

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New Magpie App to Help Research

A new app which encourages people to say “good morning Mr Magpie” via their mobile phone will help scientists evaluate the benefits which birds bring to the quality of human life. Whether you view them with sorrow or joy, using your smart device to help build up a national database […]

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Udopt an Animal for Christmas

I rather like this idea because it isn’t about ‘stuff’ for Christmas…. Whether your little monkeys are mad about meerkats, potty about penguins, dotty about dolphins or in love with lions, udopt is where you will find them the perfect present. Thanks to the launch of the new animal adoption website, you […]

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We’re 44 Million Birds Down Since 1966

Despite the huge numbers of starlings around here at the moment, it seems that, since 1966, we’ve lost breeding birds from our countryside at an average rate of a nesting pair every minute. These shocking statistics are contained in the State of the UK’s Birds 2012 report published today, charting […]

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It’s Not Only Humans Who Tweet!

Twitter, it seems, is not just for people….birds are at it, too, with social interaction and networking vitally improving their life chances!  New research carried out by scientists based in Cornwall reveals for the first time the importance of social networking in producing a successful bird family. The study found […]

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Getting from J to B

According to the RSPB, jays appear to be on the move this week. The most colourful members of the crow family have been more visible around the UK and jays could even be arriving into the country from other parts of Europe. Jays are often difficult so see, as they […]

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Making Autumn Fun….

Children and their parents are being encouraged by the RSPB to get outdoors this autumn and explore the season’s nature in their neighbourhood, which seems like a mighty fine idea. There’s plenty of places to explore in this area (suggestions welcome….) The conservation charity wants families to ‘Step up for Nature’ […]

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