Tag: birds

Snowdrop Saunter and RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

The Snowdrops are out early this year.  Come for a refreshing Sunday saunter round the Gardens to spot our ‘sweet harbingers of spring’. Breath in the fresh air and warm up with a hot chocolate served in the Greenhouse. It’s also the RSPB annual Big Garden Birdwatch weekend (click here for more information) We’ll be taking part … Why not spend an hour together with us spotting and counting how many you can see flting to and from our trees. Free family craft activity too… get out in the open with all the family Adults £4 (£4.50 with gift Aid), Children 5 and over £1.   Garden Members Free  

a Get Wild afternoon…

We’re joining in with the RSPBs Big Wild Sleepout  this weekend and staying open later than usual Visit us on Saturday afternoon to get ready for your own overnight adventure. Join in the activities all afternoon from 3pm to 6pm (entry to the Gardens for this event is £2 for everyone over 5 years old.) The RSPBs Big Wild Sleepout is encouraging us all to go on a wild adventure and find out about night time nature. Whether you are part of the Wild Challenge, or just want to learn more about nature, come along for these free activities for all the family. BrumBats, RSPB, Birmingham Astronomy Society and others will be leading drop in activities all afternoon. Among the activities are:
  • Find out about bats and how to spot them
  • Make a wild animal tracker
  • Build a hedgehog tunnel, to see if you have any in your garden.
  • Have a (safe) close up look at the Sun
Spend the afternoon with us and prepare for your own night time garden spotting. Want to know more about the Wild Challenge? Go here to get ideas and free resources https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/kids-and-schools/kids-at-school/wild-challenge/ The 211th Scout group will be taking over the site in the evening for an onsite sleepover (sorry all places are now full)  

Beak Holiday Monday

The rain wasn’t much good for anything today ….but cakes were munched, masks were found, pompom flowers were made (and will be all week) … but this little family loved being fed all those lovely grubs that wet weather brings… Bad photo with phone, but didn’t want to get too close and frighten them off. come and see them tomorrow, they’re growing fast. More family activities all week – 12-3pm

One we saw earlier…Goldcrest

It may be the UK’s smallest bird, but it was easy to see this afternoon in the Gardens.
Goldcrest at RSPB Portmore Lough. Credit Tim Ryan.
Working down in the Spinney, Volunteer and Trustee Bill shared some time with the beautiful little bird (Regulus regulus). It washed itself at the edge of the pond and flitted about, apparently happily at home with us humans. Find out more about the Goldcrest on the RSPB site HERE So happy we are keeping an environment fit for the tiniest of of flying friends. #wegrowtogether