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  • Blog Post: Deforestation: business as usual or a new hope?

    The RSPB is no stranger to rainforest conservation, having been working with our BirdLife International and government partners to protect and restore rainforests in West Africa and Indonesia for many years. So we have plenty of first-hand experience of the very real problem of deforestation driven by...
  • Blog Post: UK Government matches Ebola Donations

    It’s been almost a month since our last post on how Ebola is affecting operations in the Gola Rainforest and the disease is still running rife through West Africa. Since we last updated you, our Gola team have been training with aid organisations on the ground in order to distribute vital relief...
  • Blog Post: UK hosts International meeting to coordinate the aid effort against Ebola in Sierra Leone

    Today, 02 October, the UK Government is hosting a high-level meeting in London to coordinate the international aid effort against Ebola in Sierra Leone. The RSPB welcomes this commitment and is a signatory to the joint NGO statement which will be delivered during the conference. The RSPB has been...
  • Blog Post: Gola's Ebola

    The largest ever Ebola outbreak is affecting several countries in West Africa, including Sierra Leone and Liberia where the RSPB has been working for many years with local BirdLife partners and Governments to conserve critical biodiversity and sustainably manage the greater Gola landscape. The epidemic...
  • Blog Post: Time to hope

    Harapan is the Indonesian word for hope. The fact that our flagship tropical forest project in Indonesia bears that name couldn’t be more appropriate this week as this amazing place is once again under threat. Despite opposition, there is a proposal to build a 50km road through the middle of Harapan...
  • Blog Post: Searching for the elusive Uluguru bushshrike – a day of ups and downs!

    Guest blogger: Sarah Sanders, Head of Partner Development Unit - Africa, Asia and UK Overseas Territories At the beginning of October, my boss had to give a presentation at Kew on the tropical rainforest work we’re supporting around the world. He wanted to speak about the Uluguru mountains because...
  • Blog Post: Something special for someone special

    Mums are special people. They’re there for you when you need them. They make you feel better whenever you’re feeling down. They can find stuff in an instant that you’ve been looking for all morning. They take care of you, even when you’re big enough to take care of yourself. ...
  • Blog Post: “Pyggy” bank

    Guest blogger: Heather G I loved reading Annika’s pygmy hippo diary from Gola last week. From the outset I was hooked. It had everything that’s needed for a great story. First, there’s the setting. It really is another world, one of adventure and wonder (and somewhere I’d...
  • Blog Post: A problem shared...

    Have you ever had a problem so big that you couldn’t solve it by yourself and it takes a team effort to get the job done? A tricky homework question that it takes the entire family to help solve, trying to catch your pet once they’ve realised that they’re about to take a trip to the...
  • Blog Post: All in a day's work

    Guest blogger: Hannah Chisholm, education volunteer in the Gola Rainforest National Park Since arriving in Sierra Leone in January, I’ve mostly been working on an educational road show for forest edge communities around Gola Rainforest National Park (GRNP) to show them the breadth of our work...
  • Blog Post: Rainforest reporter update

    In the latest posts from the Together For Trees Rainforest Reporter, Gareth meets Gola Rainforest National Park's very own Dr Doolittle and some local heroes , whilst "enjoying" some unexpected sounds of the rainforest . To take a look, head over to the Rainforest Reporter blog .
  • Blog Post: For the chance to win a visit to a rainforest, read on!

    The search is still on for the first ever Rainforest Reporter. As part of our new partnership with Tesco, Together For Trees, we’re offering a once in a lifetime opportunity for someone with a passion for conservation and a flair for storytelling to go to one of the amazing rainforest projects...
  • Blog Post: Rio calling

    At Nick Clegg’s pre Rio+20 reception yesterday, there was lot of excited anticipation about the impending earth summit. It may have already started, but things don't really kick off until next week and many in the room, including the Deputy Prime Minister and Caroline Spelman, were yet to travel...
  • Blog Post: How to catch a pygmy hippo

    When people think of hippos they tend to think of the big kind, frequently seen patrolling African rivers in natural history programmes on the TV(or perhaps the brightly coloured, rather hungry plastic variety from a well known children’s game?). What about the little guy? Who thinks about the...
  • Blog Post: Something for your little monkeys...

    The Easter holidays start today and knowing the Great British weather, it could very well be a wet one! Don’t worry though, we’ve got plenty of great rainforest themed kids’ activities available online for the whole family to enjoy. Check out our kids’ pages and the Together...
  • Blog Post: And so it begins...

    As the sun broke the skyline behind Rio Centro - the location of the global Summit on sustainable development - several black vultures flew out across the city. It didn’t seem like a good sign. Sacha and I arrived at the venue, a 10 min walk from our lodgings, collected our security passes, removed...
  • Blog Post: Heading for Harapan

    Last week at Rio+20, everyone from Prime Ministers to Amazonian Indians spoke of the importance of protecting tropical rainforests. The UK even announced a new initiative, aimed at capacity building in rainforest restoration. By an unusual coincidence (and unfortunate as far as my body clock is concerned...
  • Blog Post: That Friday feeling

    I love Fridays – it’s the end of the working week, the start of the weekend, and there’s even a chocolate bar dedicated to that wonderful Friday feeling. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to channel that feeling and make it do something for nature? Well this week you can! FSC Friday...
  • Blog Post: It's Friday afternoon...

    which is excuse enough for more cute photos from Gola Rainforest. This week's treat - a pangolin working it for one of our camera traps
  • Blog Post: High hopes

    18 May Quite an exciting day today. Ok so we didn’t actually catch a hippo, but we’re getting closer! Kenewa heard hippo noises whilst out checking his traps this morning. The locals think it’s a pregnant female looking for somewhere to give birth, but Michele thinks it’s...
  • Blog Post: No pictures please!

    The camera traps we've set up all around Harapan Rainforest allow us to see a side of the forest we would find it hard to see otherwise. The area is full of wonderful wildlife, but much of it is elusive and with Harapan covering a huge area, keeping track of the wildlife that calls Harapan home is...
  • Blog Post: A little Friday afternoon fun

    There's something hiding in this photo. Can you spot it?
  • Blog Post: A little help from the locals and a change of plan

    23 May Another close call over the weekend, but still no pygmy hippo. I wish they could understand it’s for their own good! It’s become worryingly quiet over the last couple of days and frustration levels amongst the team are growing. What are we doing wrong? It started so well, but we...
  • Blog Post: All eyes on Rio

    In a couple of weeks time all eyes will be turning to Rio as the Earth Summit returns to Brazil twenty years after the iconic meeting of 1992. This will be the third and biggest in a series of landmark global gatherings that aims to find a balance between economic growth and environmental protection...
  • Blog Post: Take nothing but pictures...

    ...Leave nothing but footprints Kill nothing but time Very wise words and a mantra we should all live by. But what if we could make our footprints mean something more? What if we could give them a higher purpose than simply showing where we’ve been? For the last six months we’ve been trying...