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The school holidays are fast approaching, which means it's time to start thinking of some things to do with the kids! It's certainly been a bit of a strange year, and with the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, it might not be possible to do the things you'd normally do in the school holidays.

But don't worry, there are a lot of fun things you can do, and we've got loads of ideas to help you get going! So, while holidays abroad might be off the table, let's take a look at some of the fun things you can do locally during the summer holidays. More...

Birds migrating

Have you ever looked up to the sky throughout the year and seen a flock of birds flying in formation in the same direction? Well, if you have, the chances are that these birds are migrating from the UK to another location where they can enjoy gentler climates or they're making their way to the UK from another location for the same reason. 

But what exactly is migration and why do birds do it? Do all birds migrate or is it only certain species? In this blog, we take a closer look a bird migration to help you better understand why it occurs.

So, without further ado, let's fly right into it!

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National Nest Box Week

National Nest Box Week was established and developed by the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) to provide a focus on nesting birds and to support their conservation and local biodiversity. It encourages the placement of nest boxes in your local area, at a time when small birds traditionally pair up ahead of the breeding season.

Natural nest sites such as holes in trees or old buildings are disappearing fast, so our native birds need all the help they can get to find a safe spot to breed. Birds may even use the nest box year-round, roosting cosily in it during the winter months. More...

how to photograph birds, bird photography tips

There are a lot of bird enthusiasts who love the idea of photographing birds but have no idea where to start. If this sounds like you, don't worry, you're not alone. Wildlife photography is a fine art and some photographers will focus solely on photographing birds for years before they finally get their dream shot.

That being said, with the right equipment, patience and a little bit of practice, complete beginners can capture some stunning photographs of birds. More...

If you've ever been out and about as the sun goes down, we're sure you've seen the bats coming out of their hiding place to hunt. They're found all over the place; in barns, homes and caves, but very few people can get close enough to see the different species that live amongst us.

Well, here in the UK, we don't only have 1 or 2 species of bat living among us, we have 16! So, if you're wondering what species of bat you can see in the UK you're in the right place! Let's take a closer look at some of our favourite flying friends: More...

summer birds

Getting outside to watch the birds is one of the great pleasures of British summer. When the weather is warm, the sun is beaming and nature is blossoming, there's nothing better than sitting in your garden with a cuppa and watching the world go by. 

As you may already know, many of our British bird species migrate to warmer pastures for the winter but return to us in summer. This spectacular influx of birds is something that we at Really Wild Bird Food look forward to every year! More...

A swallow in flight

We've noticed a significant decline in the number of swallows with us this summer, and it seems we're not alone. Paul Stancliffe from the British Trust for Ornithology has said that the swallows are here, "but seem to be in much lower numbers than we would expect".

A summer without swallows feels somehow incomplete - so why are there so few swallows in the UK this year? As it turns out, there are a number of possible explanations.

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Bee on a sunflower

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has devastated the UK in many different ways. We've mourned tens of thousands of deaths. The country's GDP has fallen by more than 20 per cent. Unemployment has soared. Children have missed months of school, and families have been unable to spend time together.

But if all that bad news has made you desperate for a silver lining, here it is: the Great Lockdown of 2020 appears to have been quite beneficial for UK wildlife.

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Garden hedgehog

It's currently Hedgehog Awareness Week (3rd - 9th May 2020), and if you're looking for ways to look after these spiny sweethearts, you're in the right place.

Hedgehogs are still a fairly common sight in the UK, but their numbers are thought to be declining. Life can be a bit dangerous for a garden hedgehog - every November, we're reminded to check for hedgehogs before lighting the Guy Fawkes Night bonfire, but why stop at that? There are plenty of other things you can do to make the world a friendlier place for these much-loved creatures.

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Bird in a nest

Spring is almost here, which means that birds up and down the country will be preparing for the arrival of their youngsters by building cosy nests up in the trees.

Birds only spend a short amount of time building their nests, but still manage to build them in a design that's completely unique to their breed.

If you spend some time amongst nature during March and April, you'll be able to see nests cropping up all over the place! More...