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Looking to the future

Male house sparrow in grass

Image: Andy Hay

Despite our conservation successes, many of the UK’s birds are still at risk. 

The need for an effective bird conservation organisation is arguably greater now than at any time in the RSPB's 112-year history. Birds are under more pressure than ever before due to agricultural intensification, climate change, growing demands for water, expansion of urban areas and transport infrastructure, and the over-exploitation of the seas.

We face many challenges. The biggest that we face is to is to achieve more and on a larger scale.

We are concerned with all wild birds, not just the rare ones. Many species have halved in number over the last 25 years, including some of the UK’s best known countryside birds.

Some of the UK’s finest wildlife sites are still being threatened and damaged by development and neglect. In England alone, over a third are in an unfavourable condition. Conserving these is vital if our wildlife is to survive.

Changes in the ways we plan transport and use vehicles are urgently needed to protect the environment.

Climate change is the biggest issue facing wildlife and humanity this century. We are developing nature reserve management and countryside policies that adapt to the impacts of climate change on our wildlife. We also take action to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from homes, transport and industry.

All the issues reflect the growing pressure that people exert on the planet. But if we do not tackle them intelligently, people will suffer as much as the natural environment.

It's time to put wildlife back into our countryside and our lives.