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  1. Stop, Look and Listen

    Friday 29 August 2014, 12:04

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    Guest Blogger Jason Alexander challenges you to to try a different kind of 5 a day.

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    Stop. Look. Listen! Sound familiar? No, this isn’t a blog post about road safety, it’s about taking time to relax a little and get closer to nature in your garden.

    ‘When was the last time you were in your garden and just stopped, sat quietly and watched and listened to what’s going on around you?’

    You’ve probably heard people ask this question a number of times and you’ve probably had a go at doing it, I know I have, and I bet you probably noticed one or two things you might not have done if you had just carried on at your usual pace. But how long did you actually sit there for? How many of your senses did you consciously use?

    For me, getting in tune with the living and breathing organism that is my garden is a lot like meditation. I find it a brilliant way to start or end the day and even find time to incorporate it into my lunch break occasionally.

    I’ve probably taken things a little further than most however by creating a simple routine I follow each time.

    Have a go. You know it makes sense!

    I’ve found following these easy steps not only helps...

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  2. Focusing on Nature

    Friday 29 August 2014, 11:57

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    Guest blogger Lucy McRobert offers some words of advice for budding young naturalists.

    Sometimes it can be hard to have an interest in something: the idea of having a hobby just isn’t ‘okay’ anymore. I certainly found that growing up – and no, it wasn’t actually that long ago. People still ask me ‘what do you want to do when you’re older?’ and I’m 23 years old! I tend to reply with a blank expression, because I’m still not quite sure.

    I do know that I want to work in nature conservation, and I have a few regrets from my teenage years. When I was a kid, I remember filling my dad’s garage with snails: my friend and I collected over 300, and kept them all in various pots, containers and buckets; there was a slight hiccup when lots of baby snails were born and escaped. There was a spinney where we used to build dens, play hide-and-seek and make ‘potions’ – leaves and grass ground into a paste using rocks. We had Gameboys, too, and played things like Pokemon (it seems retro now?!), but vast proportions of our time were spent outside.

    But then I stopped collecting snails and caterpillars and woodlice. Boys, social pressure and academia took up a lot of time;...

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  3. How the mighty have fallen - Mull Eagle Watch CSI

    Thursday 14 August 2014, 14:31

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    A guest blog by Dave Sexton RSPB Scotland Mull Officer

    It had all the hallmarks of an unfortunate accident: large sea eagle chick jumps up and down on nest, flapping wings, loses balance, misjudges landing and topples off nest to fall 30 feet to the ground below. After all, we had been here before. Sadly some eagle chicks do fall to their deaths when shuffling about on the nest or when they’re beginning to be more mobile and exercising their newly feathered wings. During the Mull Eagle Video Diaries for Autumnwatch 2008, I found Fingal and Iona’s nearly fledged chick, dead at the bottom of the nest tree. A devastating end to the breeding season for that pair of birds and all of us at the Mull Eagle Hide. On another occasion, a visitor had watched as another chick from the same nest fell out and had to be put down due to a spinal injury.

     

    Just last year at Sula and Cuin’s nest one of their young chicks was found dead under the nest when we went in to ring the surviving sibling. There are so many potential problems these eagles have to overcome to survive. For Sula and Cuin’s chick last year, the fall was probably as a result of some strong winds and rain causing part of the nest...

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  4. 10 Tips for Insect Photography

    Friday 8 August 2014, 12:53

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    This Summer and as part of the   project we've been seeing a huge amount of great insect photography. But photographing insects isn't easy so we asked Kate Stenton, Summerwatch young guest blogger and photographer, for some top tips.


    Insects are everywhere, in all shapes, sizes and colours. With these 10 tips and a lot of patience and practice you will soon be on your way to producing stunning images of these magnificent creatures.

    Tripod Support will steady the camera, and allow you to produce sharp images, which is a must for insect photography. If you don't have a tripod...

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  5. The Orcas of the West Coast of Scotland

    Thursday 31 July 2014, 11:14

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    It's National Marine Week and Summerwatch young guest blogger, Chris Daykin has sent us a blog on the Orcas of the west coast of Scotland.

    The killer whale, otherwise known as the orca, is one of the world’s most widespread predators and is found in all the oceans from the Antarctic to the Arctic. It is a predator at the top of the food chain, hunting even great white sharks. The west coast of Scotland is host to a community of 9 orca, made up of 5 females and 4 males. The five females consist of Nicola, Lulu, Moneypenny, Puffin and Occasus. BBC Wildlife named Occasus as part of a competition...

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  6. Getting out into nature with children

    Wednesday 30 July 2014, 15:42

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    A long-time friend of the Watches and avid wildlife advocate, Kate MacRae writes an encouraging post on getting out and about with your family. And no, you don't have to be expert in any sense of the word, you just need to get out! There are some excellent links and further resources below - enjoy!

    Photo by Kate Macrae Photo by Kate Macrae

    Why not take the opportunity this summer to get out and about with your kids and discover that some of the best things in life really are free!!

    Being both a parent and a primary school teacher, I am well used to spending the vast majority of my time with the younger generation...

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  7. Moth Trapping for Beginners

    Friday 18 July 2014, 11:43

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    Michael Blencowe is the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Community Wildlife Officer.

    A guest on this year's Springwatch Extra, he kindly wrote us the below guide on how a beginner can trap moths and become a fully flapping 'Moth-er'. 

     

     

    Moth Trapping for Beginners

     

    You can sit in your garden all day and enjoy the butterflies, birds and bees but the best wildlife that lives there only comes out when you go to sleep – the moths.  With 2500 species in the UK our moths have our butterflies outnumbered 43 to 1. And in many cases moths are much bigger and more colourful than our butterflies. There...

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  8. Butterfly Recording - An easy & essential task

    Thursday 17 July 2014, 14:47

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    Summerwatch young guest blogger, Olly Frampton kindly wrote us this post on how to get involved when it comes to recording butterflies.

     

     

    An iconic sight of a British Summer, butterflies floating past at the peak of a gloriously sunny day, on only the slightest breath of wind. They are a delight to see no matter where you are, whether it's your garden, your local park, workplace, or at a local nature reserve. Butterflies are one of the most iconic species on Earth, with many people believing they represent beauty, freedom, peace, and that they are a sign of a healthy environment.

    Butterflies...

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  9. An Itch that needed Scratching: A Guest Blog by David Sexton

    Wednesday 9 July 2014, 13:53

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    I’ve always wondered what happened to them. Those historic young brothers Itchy and Scratchy, the sea eagle twins from Springwatch Series 1, Programme 1, May 2005. The five week old siblings captured our hearts when they were beamed into the living rooms of an unsuspecting British nation as this new TV wildlife phenomenon burst onto our screens that late spring evening.

     

    As the countdown to the live OB from Mull got ever closer, our pulses quickened. Jenny in the Gallery Truck calmly stated “coming to Mull in 10, 9, 8, 7, 6…”. Simon got himself comfortable on the damp tree stump:...

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  10. Goodbye spring, hello summer!

    Tuesday 1 July 2014, 16:03

    James Smith James Smith Series Producer

    **Updated 4th July 2014 - with clips of our reed warbler chicks finally leaving the nest and the bittern chicks**

    Springwatch 2014 may have ended, but life goes on for our wild characters. Inspired by our new all-year presence on the web and social media, we left a couple of cameras up at RSPB Minsmere. We filmed some of the reed warbler chicks fledging; as ever, one seemed reluctant to leave the nest, and was still there when we finally had to take the camera down!

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    The reed warbler chicks at Minsmere on our webcams finally fledge and leave the nest.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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