RSPB - Nature's Voice

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BY Julia Thum | 0 Comment(s)

I'm a bit of an odd bird.  

I love writing about our feathered friends (I wrote an entire - unpublished - children's novel called The Songbirds of Lane End Garden), can spend hours watching them at the bird table, stopped only this morning to watch two robins squabbling over territory and frequently snapshot geese, swans and (if I'm lucky) kingfishers from my kayak. But I am absolutely petrified of birds. The smaller they are, the more terrifying I find them.  I don't care if you live in a cubbyhole or a castle, if there's a bird in the building I am out of that door regardless of how many walls there are between me and it. 

And now I've gone and joined the RSPB! I've avoided it for years, but my mind was changed when I saw they now position themselves, not only as a bird charity, but as ambassadors of nature in general.  They have a lovely magazine called Nature's Home, which talks not only about birds but butterflies, grasshoppers, dolphins and woodland in the autumn issue alone.  And, much to my delight, I received a book of garden wildlife with my membership pack.  I'm not much of a gardener but I do love nature and this handbook details every species of moth, frog, bee, beetle, frog and newt you are likely to meet across you lawn.  And that's before you get onto the  birds and plants pages.

So there you are. I am delighted with my membership so thought I'd give them a shout out.

You can find the RSPB here where you can keep up-to-date with new research and developments, new threats and challenges, changes at their many nature reserves, events and success stories within their news section.

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