Nature projects

Shapes and patterns in nature

Looking for shapes and patterns in nature can transform a morning walk in your local park or forest into a journey of discovery

Fun Finding & Photographing Fungi

November is a great month for walking in the woods. One of the ways to make your walk extra special – particularly for children – is to find and photograph mushrooms and toadstools.

Het Zwin Nature Park, Knokke-Heist, Belgium

Het Zwin Nature Park

Het Zwin Nature Park outside Knokke-Heist on the Belgian coast has been completely revamped. It’s a wonderful place to visit to learn about birds, and see them in real life. In the visitor centre you can learn all about bird migration, and then on the nature trail you can see the birds from special observation hides. Highly recommended for kids!

Bertembos wood anemones

Practicing the art of sitting still

A lovely place to visit at this time of the year. And if you sit still, you’ll be surprised at what you can see and hear.

Peregrine falcons in Brussels 2015

April 2015 update: Another successful hatch: follow the webcam for some great sights of the nest.

May 2014 update: The peregrines are breeding once again in the cathedral, and you can see a live webcam here.

April 2013 update: The peregrine falcons are back in the tower of the St. Michael and St. Gudula’s Cathedral in the middle of Brussels, and the female has already laid her eggs and is brooding them. You can see a live webcam of the nest here. Read the article below for background information on these great birds.

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Peregrine falcons in Brussels 2014

April 2014 update: Four eggs laid, three hatched and the youngsters doing well! Click here for a live link to the video stream!

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April 2013 update: The peregrines are back in the cathedral tower, and the female has already laid her eggs and is brooding them. You can see a live webcam of the nest here. Read the article below for background information onthese great birds, in the middle of Brussels.

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April 2012 update: this year’s eggs have just hatched: click and watch this video.

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Check out this great video (April 2011) of the peregrine falcon chicks in the center of Brussels!

St. Michael and St. Gudula’s Cathedral, Brussels

If you think that the only city birds present in Brussels are pigeons, jackdaws and those flashily feathered but annoyingly noisy parakeets, then you are in for a big surprise. Breeding in one of the busiest areas of the city is a pair of one of the most exciting birds in the world.

The area in question centres on St. Michael and St. Gudula’s Cathedral. In 2005 — to the delight of ornithologists — a pair of peregrine falcons nested on one of the cathedral’s towers, where they successfully raised four young. In 2006 three eggs were laid, although only one chick survived. Since then a pair of peregrines has returned every year – and 2011 is no exception (see video above).Read More »Peregrine falcons in Brussels 2014