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  • Blog Post: The Beached Bird Survey 2015 - get involved

    My colleagues in Northern Ireland this week made a call for the public to be aware of and report any beached seabirds - every bit of information is valuable to better understand the impacts on our breeding and non-breeding populations. Winter is traditionally the season when birds are washed up either...
  • Blog Post: Seabirds South West - little terns, Scilly seabirds and more...

    Hi all, Here’s the latest edition of 'Seabirds South West', with news on Chesil Beach’s little tern colony, thoughts on the protection of wintering birds along the south Cornwall coast and the latest on the Scilly seabird project. Definitely worth sharing more widely than just...
  • 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: A long life after pollution: two guillemots' stories.

    Guest post by Jean Bradford MBE. Since 1983, Jean has run the South Devon Seabird Trust which specialises in the rescue, treatment and rehabilitation of oiled seabirds, particularly guillemots. Over the years there has been much comment on the survival rates of birds released into the wild following...
  • Blog Post: First English Marine Plans arrive

    I wonder if Bempton Cliff’s seabirds arriving for this year’s breeding season will notice anything different? The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) today releases the final marine plans for the East of England inshore and offshore areas, a total area of almost 60,000km 2 . This is a...
  • Blog Post: Trouble in Paradise

    Guest post by Matt Brierley, a wildlife filmmaker writing about his experience of creating Trouble in Paradise , the story of the Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project. I don't know when you last had your life governed by lunar activity. (I’m presupposing there are no werewolves reading...
  • Blog Post: What’s the value of the marine environment?

    What’s the value of the marine environment? Putting a value on something that you can’t directly buy is always going to be tricky. What if i asked you to value your favourite view? Would the retail price of a framed picture to hang on your wall be about the right price? Probably not. The...
  • Blog Post: A winning picture

    BirdLife South Africa run an annual Oceans of Life photography competition, and the 2013 results are out! This year there are several species (or close relatives) that we'd recognise on our own shores - including gannets, puffins and kittiwakes. I can't copy the images here directly, but I...
  • Blog Post: In case you missed it

    Check out this fabulous blog post from our South Highlands Conservation Manager, Stuart Benn.
  • Blog Post: PIB - MCA investigation closes without success

    By Alec Taylor, Marine Policy Officer The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) have announced that they have not been able to trace the ship, or ships, which released a form of polyisobutylene (or PIB) into the English Channel earlier this year, causing the deaths of more than 4000 seabirds , and...
  • Blog Post: Fishing in Filey Bay - Lessons in Reducing Gillnet Bycatch

    Filey is a small and proud fishing town, situated eight miles south of Scarborough in North Yorkshire. There has been some form of fishing here for hundreds of years, including a fisheries dispute in the 12 th Century between boats from Filey and Whitby, which had to be settled by none other than the...
  • Blog Post: The Orcadian seabird story

    RSPB Conservation Officer, Sarah Sankey, tells us about the challenges facing Orkney's seabird cities... The Orcadian seabird s tory Orkney was, until recently, famed for its seabird spectacles. Today, as I ascend the cliffs of Marwick Head reserve , instead of a growing sense of awe and excitement...
  • 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: Marine planning - the next frontier?

    By Alec Taylor, marine policy officer Yesterday, the first ever marine plan in English waters came out for public consultation (finally!). It covers roughly 55,000km2 across the Southern North Sea, and will guide how this unique and busy area should be used over the next 30 years. For perspective...
  • Blog Post: Tracking seabirds on Orkney

    RSPB research assistants Chris Taylor and Derren Fox, give us an update on tracking seabirds on Orkney... Tracking seabirds on Orkney Seabird communities are great indicators of the health of the marine environment. This summer myself (Chris) and Derren Fox have been given the fantastic opportunity...
  • Blog Post: 1,000th seabird mystery solved

    Ellie Owen, RSPB Conservation Scientist, celebrates an important milestone with her team... The seabird tracking team 2013 celebrating an important milestone... This week I have been thinking back to April 2010 when I, along with the rest of RSPB’s FAME seabird tracking team, headed out...
  • Blog Post: Birds and bucks

    Check out our Bempton blog for some great news for the area's seabirds and the local economy. Good news is always worth 'puffin' about..... Love seabirds? Then sign our seabird pledge to help protect seabirds at sea. Photo: Chris Gomersall (rspb-images.com)
  • Blog Post: Boobies need support!

    I know, its a corny title..... but hopefully it made you look! Photo: jacintha castora photography, kindly supplied by Galapagos Conservation Trust Today is Blue Footed Booby Day , a day to celebrate and raise funds to help protect these amusing birds and their most famous habitat, the Galapagos...
  • 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: Greetings from the STAR team on Colonsay

    Emily Scragg, Senior Research Assistant with the Seabird Tracking And Research team on Colonsay, tells us about her preparations for the upcoming season. Greetings from the STAR (Seabird Tracking And Research) team on Colonsay! It is our fourth year here on the island (and my first) carrying out...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: South coast seabirds – latest update on casualties

    Today the RSPCA at West Hatch reported that they have now received a total of 301 live casualties: 280 guillemots 21 razorbills Of these, 39 could not be saved, the remainder are still in care. Efforts are concentrated on rescuing live birds, but the RSPCA have also collected approximately...
  • Blog Post: The RSPCA are now treating over 250 seabirds in the south coast disaster

    We have some latest news from the RSPCA at West Hatch wildlife centre. RSPCA inspectors are continuing to rescue sea birds covered in the man made sticky mineral oil. The total number of birds at the centre is: 236 guillimots 1 herring gull 17 razor bills. The vast majority were...