Top 10 Facts: House Sparrow

Top 10 Facts: House Sparrow

A history of declines. Once one of Britain’s commonest birds, sparrow numbers have crashed in recent years, with London alone losing three-quarters of its sparrows between 1994 and 2000. Declines in rural sparrow populations are thought to be a result of changing farming practices, particularly the loss of Winter stubble, though the exact reasons for [...]

Call for public support towards a wilder Scotland

Call for public support towards a wilder Scotland

Golden eagles, beavers, ospreys and pine martens will take centre stage in a landmark new conservation book aiming to inspire a change in attitudes and a move towards a wilder Scotland. Scotland: A Rewilding Journey will lay out a vision of how rewilding could transform Scotland and benefit its people and wildlife.  It is being supported [...]

Green space and stormy skies, a guest post by Frances Jones

Green space and stormy skies, a guest post by Frances Jones

After a hot and busy day, I decided to take a walk to a nearby patch of green. Clouds were moving in and the breeze became stronger and wonderfully refreshing after the intensity of the June sun. This particular London common is divided in two by a road busy at rush hour with cars and [...]

The beauty of Bee Orchids

The beauty of Bee Orchids

For me, the Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera) has always been somewhat of an enigma: a species I frequently encounter on TV, social media and the blogs of other naturalists yet never in the flesh. This petite yet flamboyant bloom, famed for its status as one of nature's great mimics, eluding me at every turn. The [...]

Cuddy ducks, clowns and stench of guano

Cuddy ducks, clowns and stench of guano

Britain's seabird colonies represent a spectacle like no other: bustling, raucous municipalities where a multitude of species congregate to form a single, far larger, living being. An avian city, cramped and lively, which moves and reacts as one when presented with danger, or opportunity - similar in many ways to the concrete jungles so many [...]

Dramatic drone footage reveals bird’s eye view of tree top heronry

Dramatic drone footage reveals bird’s eye view of tree top heronry

Drone footage of a large heronry could shed new light on bird populations across the country. Remarkable footage shot at the Woodland Trust-owned Parrs Wood at Grappenhall Heys in Warrington, Cheshire, shows 18 nests perched precariously in the top of trees. The coverage was shot on behalf of Brian Martin from the British Trust of [...]

New Nature: Issue 18

New Nature: Issue 18

This month we celebrate the success of the fantastic young writers who took part in our inaugural writing competition. Entitled ‘the embodiment of Spring’ and judged by reknowned author, Robert Macfarlane, some sensational articles were submitted as part of contest proceedings, and we had an incredibly tough time making anything that vaguely resembled a decision. [...]

Why I signed a petition to license driven grouse shooting, a guest post by Edward Grierson

Why I signed a petition to license driven grouse shooting, a guest post by Edward Grierson

This latest guest blog comes from AMA student, Edward Grierson, and focuses on the subject of Driven Grouse Shooting. Disclaimer: the words below are not those of the blog owner and queries and comments should be directed to the author, as appropriate. If you would like to submit a response for publication on this blog, [...]

Brownsea Island, a guest post by Frances Jones

Brownsea Island, a guest post by Frances Jones

Frances was brought up in Shropshire. She writes about country walks, urban gardens and the wildness that can be found on the doorstep. A music teacher by training, Frances currently volunteers part-time at Chelsea Physic Garden. I arrived at Sandbanks in the early evening. Despite it being June the light was fading and there was [...]

The Northumbrian 142: a quick account of my first 24-hour bird race

The Northumbrian 142: a quick account of my first 24-hour bird race

This weekend past, I had the pleasure of taking part in my first 24-hour bird race. Wherein myself and the rest of the team - consisting of three topnotch local birders - attempted to observe as many birds species as possible within the county limits over the course of a full day. Starting at 11pm [...]

Hebridean Whale Trail set to be the first of its kind in the UK

Hebridean Whale Trail set to be the first of its kind in the UK

Individuals, communities and businesses are being asked to contribute ideas for top sites at which to spot whales, dolphins and porpoises from land on Scotland’s west coast - all in an effort to help create a Hebridean Whale Trail that will be the first of its kind in the UK.  The high-profile trail will be [...]

Nature Notes #3

Nature Notes #3

I've had very little time this week for my usual outdoor pursuits, largely owing to a growing workload and a multitude of mounting side projects. That said, yesterday I managed an all too brief outing in search of a bird I have wanted to see for many years: a Rose-coloured Starling. A rare vagrant to British [...]

Staying sane in the heart of the city

Staying sane in the heart of the city

Growing up in semi-rural Northumberland, I have long been accustomed to residing in scenic and ecologically diverse areas. I am used to the presence of bustling nature reserves a mere stones throw from my front door and green-fringed streets ringing with the chirrup of Tree Sparrows; I am accustomed to having a garden, complete with [...]

Advice from a not so Expert Birder, a guest post by Liam Thompson

Advice from a not so Expert Birder, a guest post by Liam Thompson

I don’t know about you, but whenever I talk to a birder with decades of experience I leave the conversation with two feelings. First: admiration, for their ability to confidently identify any species by call or the slightest glimpse. This feeling is surpassed, however, by the disappointment at realising I may never reach their level [...]