This blog is where you can read about our campaigns to protect the special places that nature needs to survive. It’s been running for five years and covered great successes and some setbacks.
During this period the pressure of economic growth and calls, both in the UK and across the European Union, to deregulate has become louder and the threats to our natural world have increased as a result.
Saving nature’s special places means being active locally and tackling the big issues – the sweep of stories and contributions on this blog have always reflected that and will continue to do so. This will be the place to follow campaigns to save individual special places and to defend and strengthen the laws, policy and planning framework that are vital to their future.
Working with partners, volunteers, local communities and passionate individuals is an essential part of the story behind saving special places - and we'll have contributions from them all.
There will be plenty of chances to get involved – and to comment, add or argue with the points made in these posts.
RSPB Nature reserves got double billing on BBC Breakfast with the weather forecast coming from ‘Home of Springwatch’ Ynys-hir (don’t forget Springwatch starts tonight for its three week run).
Our nature reserve at Dungeness has featured in this blog more than any other site and apart from a slight case of author bias (sorry) the main reason is our long-running opposition to the extension of nearby Lydd airport.
But today we’re celebrating a milestone in the restoration of a lost bee – the short-haired bumblebee – as they are released on to our reserve, not far from where they last occurred in the UK nearly a quarter of a century ago.
But of course the key to success is not just the return of the bee – but the quality of the habitat that is there for them. We’ve been working with local farmers to ensure the right nectar-rich flowers are there in profusion.
Short-haired bumble bee going in for the nectar. Picture Dave Goulson RSPB Images
The return of the short-haired bumblebee is partnership between Natural England, the RSPB, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Hymettus
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