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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: MEPs choose more fish over more boats

    By Euan Dunn, Principal Marine Advisor Strasbourg, Wed 23 October Today in Strasbourg the European Parliament gave a massive boost to the future of Europe’s fisheries by voting against using taxpayers’ money to build new fishing vessels. The vote was carried by a substantial majority...
  • Blog Post: A fabulous win for wildlife

    By Alec Taylor, Marine Policy Officer Courtesy of Ian McCarthy - traumatic scenes like this are less likely following yesterday's great news When you work in marine conservation, often it seems that everything is working against you, when one step forward is followed by two steps back...
  • 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: Big Beachwatch Weekend

    If you are lucky enough to live near our fabulous coast, and have a few hours spare to help protect it, why not take part in the Marine Conservation Society's Big Beachwatch Weekend (20-23 September)? Now in its 19th year, Big Beachwatch Weekend is the MCS's annual beach clean and survey used...
  • 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: 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: Great stuff Greenpeace!

    This may be the other side of the world, but its a world we share. This is worth watching - and thinking about when you next want a carbonated drink......
  • 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: Minister announces new approach to Welsh MCZs

    In April 2012 Welsh Government consulted on a proposal to designate 3 or 4 highly protected MCZs. This met with strong opposition, which resulted in the previous Environment Minister, John Griffiths, suspending the consultation and creating a new MCZ Stakeholder Focus Group. This group was formed to...
  • 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: EU Parliament votes to subsidise overfishing

    By Euan Dunn, Principal Marine Advisor (euan.dunn@rspb.org.uk) In yesterday's vote in the European Parliament on public aid for the fisheries industry through the new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), it became clear that there is no ambition to end overfishing in EU waters. Perversely...
  • Blog Post: Seas Life

    By Tom Hooper, Head of Marine Policy The M5 in August should be proof enough that people like to spend their holidays by the seaside. Are we just following the same ruts that we have endured since childhood, or is their a deeper need within us to search for spiritual fulfilment on the coast? ...
  • Blog Post: We do like to be beside the seaside

    Last weekend we met some very special people and saw some of our favourite seabirds. The weekend’s organised site visits were arranged to show supporters of our Sea Life Guardian regular giving scheme what we’re doing with their money. The visits were well attended with Sea Life Guardians...
  • 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: 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: 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: A cold reception

    By Cleo Small, Senior Policy Officer (Global Seabird Programme) Did you see the news this week about the widespread outrage at the proposed merger between the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and National Oceanography Centre? The merger is being put forward as a cost-cutting exercise by the Natural...
  • Blog Post: Thumbs up for the Marine Act

    Dr Sharon Thompson, our Senior Marine Policy Officer gives us an insider's view on celebrating our contribution towards securing a Marine Act. On the 2 nd of December, the great and the good descended on the London Aquarium to celebrate the Marine & Coastal Access Act receiving Royal Assent...