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  • Blog Post: Measure for Measure

    Today, two important consultations for marine conservation close in the UK. Firstly, there is the consultation on the proposed second tranche of English Marine Conservation Zones (all 23 of them), which fills in some of the biggest gaps in the network. We’ll have a separate blog about this in due...
  • Blog Post: The RSPB at Filey Bay– building a local presence

    I'm really pleased to bring you a guest post by Vicky Brown, who has been based at Filey Bay in Yorkshire this summer for the RSPB, getting to know and working with the local netsmen. Vicky shares some of her experiences so far. Filey Bay is a small quaint fishing town off the East Coast of Yorkshire...
  • Blog Post: Ramsey Island - more than just birds

    Last Saturday (24th August) we visited the RSPB Ramsey Island reserve with the children and staff from the Rhydyfelin section of the charity Valleys Kids . The weather held out and despite some windy conditions early on we made the boat trip across to the Island . Apart from giving everyone...
  • Blog Post: Giving Welsh marine life a home

    We've just made a short video about Welsh marine life .We hope to make some more video's over the coming months highlighting some of the amazing species in Welsh waters. you can view the video here: http://youtu.be/ASjbQdAwoMg In July 2013 Alun Davies, Minister for Natural resources...
  • Blog Post: STAR-spangled seas

    Emily Scragg, Research Assitant with the Seabird Tracking and Research team (STAR), gives the final update of the season... STAR- spangled seas This will be the last update from the STAR seabird tracking work, as we near the end of our fieldwork season. For a background to the project please see...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: So how did the Minister do today?

    This morning Richard Benyon, Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries, has been facing an audience of sealife champions , who have asked him some searching questions about the Government's plans to protect our precious marine environment. It was streamed live on www.rspb.org.uk/marine ...
  • Blog Post: 320,000 reasons to support our campaign

    Fabiano Peppes (rspb-images.com) It is well established that seabirds die each year by being caught up in fishing lines, at rates that are pushing some species of albatross, petrels and shearwaters to the very edge of extinction. Orea Anderson, our Global Seabird Programme Policy Officer, will today...
  • Blog Post: Tip top chef steps up for sealife

    Arrangements are progressing well for our 'Question Time' style event that will take place next Tuesday, with Richard Benyon, Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries. After putting the Minister on the spot with some challenging questions about the Government's plans to protect...
  • Blog Post: Short but sweet

    I saw this and just had to share ....... the overall winning image of this year's British Wildlife Photography Awards is a truly magnificent image of a jellyfish (I don't have the copyright to reproduce it here - click on the link to see it). Our seas are amazing - help us to keep them that way...
  • 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...