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  • 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: Life's a beach

    It seems the UK summer has finally arrived, at least in parts. Hurrah, just in time for the school holidays! And as it's National Marine Week , it seems the perfect time to talk about our superb seaside. I have childhood memories of brilliant beach holidays in Cornwall. We would set off late at...
  • Blog Post: Party poopers?

    We love balloons. Just look at the size of the one that we took on a climate change march a couple of years ago! They are fun, joyful, and perfect for celebrations such as the Jubilee and the Olympics. Today we are joining forces with the RSPCA, the Marine Conservation Society, the National Farmers’...
  • Blog Post: Now that's what I call madness...

    This is Sarah Outen. Check out her other photos on her flickr site , and you will instantly get a sense of joie de vivre from this brave British adventurer. She is impressive, fun and fabulous. And frankly utterly certifiable. Sarah is currently on the coast of Japan, and on tenterhooks, waiting...
  • 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: 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: 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: Minister in the hot seat

    Don't forget that tomorrow , at approximately 11.10am we are holding a 'Question Time' style event with Richard Benyon, Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries. You can watch it live at www.rspb.org.uk/marine . People from across the UK have been submitting hard hitting questions...
  • Blog Post: A terrifying cliffhanger

    As I write this, my lovely colleague Dr Ellie Owen is on a chilly, windy island off the west coast of Scotland, probably half way down a cliff suspended on a rope. Terrifying! She has been there since April, and will pretty much stay there, separated from family and friends apart from the occasional...
  • 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: Wales bags a clear win for wildlife

    Great news reported in the Daily Mail this morning - the 5p levy on plastic bags introduced in Wales just 6 months ago has resulted in a 90% drop in use . This follows the earlier success in Ireland, where a similar drop in use was seen after they introduced a levy on single use plastic bags way back...
  • 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: Strasbourg vote today could change the fortunes of our seas

    As Martin Harper talks about in his blog today , MEPs are in Strasbourg today to vote on the future of the Common Fisheries Policy. The proposal on the table is remarkably ambitious. This vote is the best chance yet of getting better management of our seas – better for fishermen and better for...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful Wildlife Explorers

    I've just recieved this fabulous photo from Lesley Nundy in our Youth and Education Team, and had to share! It was taken at the Thriplow Daffodil weekend earlier this year. Fowlmere RSPB Wildlife Explorer members had a great time promoting their club and the RSPB Wildlife Explorer " I’m...
  • 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: Ramsey Island on YouTube

    Great news - We are pleased to announce that the RSPB Ramsey Island reserve has gone multi-media! Armed with a digital camcorder - our Wardens Greg and Lisa are going to bring you snippets of island life and its amazing wildlife, plus some of the surround ing area like Grassholm. We've already...
  • Blog Post: Paint a fish and help restore EU fish stocks for future generations

    By Euan Dunn, Head of Marine Policy Want to help restore the life to our seas ? Then show MEPs your support today by contributing to a virtual fish stock . Overfishing is damaging the marine environment and threatens the coastal communities that depend on fishing. Europe’s fish stocks...
  • 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: The NEOLI Factor

    I have been at the 3 rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress in Marseilles where there has been a lot of excitement over the recent developments in very large MPAs around the world. Having the largest MPA in your jurisdiction has become one of the more enlightened international games of one...
  • 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: Tranche 2 Marine Conservation Zones: ‘The Gap fillers’

    37 potential MCZs for English waters are being put forward by Defra. They are keen to use the next nine months (before the formal consultation starts) to build up a dossier on the ecology and socio-economics of each site. I suspect that this pre-consultation phase is also about a managing our expectations...
  • 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...