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  • Blog Post: A call for the sea!

    Photo: Harbour Seal, Anthony Griffiths Calling everyone who loves the sea! On Tuesday 29 November we are holding a 'Question Time' style event with Richard Benyon, Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries. We will be celebrating the second anniversary of the Marine Act becoming...
  • Blog Post: A 15 minute break

    I just had to share this lovely film about some of the work SPEA (our Portuguese Birdlife partner) are doing in the Berlengas Islands. SPEA are an important partner in our Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment (FAME) project, and this film shows some of the methods used and bird species that we are...
  • Blog Post: Step up for sharks and shearwaters

    This week is European Shark Week , an annual event devoted to raising awareness about shark conservation. And a very good cause it is too! As a keen SCUBA diver, I have been lucky enough to see a good number of sharks. It is always an exhilarating experience. Apex predators produce a tingly rush of adrenaline...
  • Blog Post: What lies beneath

    When you look out to sea, enjoying the sounds and smells, do you ever wonder what lies beneath the waves? I've just learned that the longest chalk reef in Europe - and possibly the world - lies just off the glorious coast of North Norfolk. Twenty miles of rare habitat crammed with exciting, colourful...
  • Blog Post: Rigsby the Razorbill

    Whats Rigsby all about then? Rigsby at Aberavon beach Some of you may have noticed this little seabird on our facebook page over the last few weeks. Having recently being named Rigsby thanks to you, its time to explain what his purpose is. To put it simply. our seabirds lack the protection...
  • Blog Post: Hands up who’s heard of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive?

    By Alec Taylor, Marine Policy Officer Anybody? If you haven’t, I can assure you that as with much legislation coming down from Brussels, the writing style might be a little dry but the storyline’s really important. It’s likely to be a really powerful driver for improving the health...
  • Blog Post: Troubled waters

    Check out Martin Harper's blog today for thoughts on the latest step towards the long fought for MCZs (marine conservation zones). We're making progress, but still the wanderers of our seas are being forgotten. The rich resources of our seas are in demand, but they are also dwindling. If you...
  • Blog Post: Hurrah for FishFight – but its not over yet

    Chris Gomersall (rspb-images.com) Its great when people with a high public profile use it well to bring important issues into the public eye. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall did just that when he put his weight behind FishFight , and its making real headway, hurrah! Today Commissioner Damanaki announced...
  • Blog Post: We're all on the sea's side

    Parliamentary Assistant, Allan Whyte, gives us an update on the campaign to protect seabirds and other marine life in Scotland. We’re all on the sea's side I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your continued support for the Scottish Marine Protected Areas campaign. Together...
  • Blog Post: Marine Science needs a step change, and MCZs are vital

    New report from Parliamentary Committee Today the Parliamentary Science & Technology Committee releases their report into the way that science and evidence are used in the marine environment, following their enquiry at the end of 2012. I’d encourage you to have a read of it, as it contains...
  • Blog Post: Sweatin' for seabirds

    Hello, This is my a first blog post. A truly momentous day. It is thus only fitting that I commence this post the way that all good blog posts should commence: with a photo of two grown men sweating in bird costumes. One in orange pantaloons, the other in white leggings. Fortunately the photographer...
  • Blog Post: Make like a rock

    By Tessa Cole, RSPB Senior Research Assistant I thought I’d take a rainy windy day to update you the first three weeks of this year’s RSPB seabird tracking efforts: two projects, FAME ( Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment ) and a new project ‘tracking 2012’ which sees...
  • Blog Post: Latest news on the south coast seabird disaster

    RSPCA We are continuing to receive reports of seabirds covered in a sticky wax-like substance being sighted off, or washed up on the South and South West coasts of England. The situation is still far from clear, but here is what we know so far: What is the sticky substance, and where has it...
  • Blog Post: The Full Monty

    Monty and Reuben I'm sure Monty Halls has heard it many times before, but he really is the Full Monty. His website tells you he's a writer, explorer, presenter and former Royal Marines Officer, which is impressive enough. He is also an incredible ambassador for our marine environment. His...
  • Blog Post: Camera's, Action! Clydach Wildlife Explorer Group visit Skomer Island

    Last summer our very own Clydach Wildlife explorer group visited Skomer island. Armed with video cameras they filmed the puffins and made a short video about why our seabirds need better protection - not just on shore but at sea too. The RSPB continues to call on Welsh Government to deliver its duties...
  • Blog Post: Marine planning comes to Bempton

    By Alec Taylor, Marine Policy Officer In June, The RSPB and the Wildlife Trusts took members of the marine planning team from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to Flamborough Head and Bempton Cliffs , which are home to more than 200,000 breeding seabirds, as well as seals, orchids, lichens...
  • Blog Post: 350,000 of you call on David Cameron today

    By Sharon Thompson, Senior Marine Policy Officer Today, the RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts, the Marine Conservation Society and WWF are delivering staggering 350,000+ pledges to the Prime Minister . These pledges are signed by you ... and you ... and you! This is the “Big Society” well and...
  • Blog Post: From Holyrood to Hollywood

    Tomorrow is World Oceans Day , an annual opportunity to celebrate our oceans, and raise awareness of the crucial role they play in our lives, the pressures on our oceans and the important ways people can help. Today Birdlife Europe has launched an alarm call on the failure of most EU countries to declare...
  • Blog Post: The real Deal

    I am pleased to introduce you to Carol Knott, from Deal in Kent. We love Carol. She is one of our much appreciated super duper Campaign Champions - volunteers who are really stepping up for nature by encouraging those around them to support our vital campaigns to help save nature. Carol has been...
  • Blog Post: Picture perfect

    By Sharon Thompson, Senior Marine Policy Officer Along with one of the judges, our very own RSPB Birds Magazine editor Mark Ward, I got to see some fabulous photographs at the British Wildlife Photography Awards on Friday evening. I was particularly pleased that the overall winner was a stunning...
  • Blog Post: FishFighting again!

    Following the success of highlighting the issues of unsustainable fishing practices, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall last night launched his new ‘Save our Seas’ campaign. This campaign moves beyond fish and highlights the need for better protection for the marine environment through a network...
  • Blog Post: 28 seconds worth sharing

    Wes, one of the small but dedicated team working at Coquet Island , made this video to help encourage people to show their much needed support for our sealife. It's brilliant - just 28 seconds long, worth watching, and worth sharing (please......). The consultation for England's seas closes...
  • Blog Post: Happy birthday!

    Today is the 19th World Oceans Day - a day to celebrate global marine conservation. Check out Martin Harper's blog today for some sobering facts on longline fishing, and find out how our Albatross Task Force (ATF) are working to end the bycatch and bring back many species of albatross from the brink...
  • Blog Post: A sticky problem

    Hundreds of seabirds continue to be washed up along the south coast of England covered in an unidentified sticky waxy substance. They are mostly guillemots, and have been discovered on beaches from Hampshire to Cornwall. Many have been found distressed but fortunately alive, but sadly this morning we...
  • Blog Post: Mapping for marine wildlife - it's your turn!

    If you’ve ever been to the English coast, watched birds there, enjoyed a breezy cliff-top coastal walk, maybe even got into the water (or all three if you're very energetic), you now have the chance to use your information to help direct the decisions about where new Marine Conservation Zones...