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  • 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...
  • 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: Over 350,000 of you called on David Cameron today – let’s hope he listens!

    By Sharon Thompson, Senior Marine Policy Officer, RSPB We have now submitted over a third of a million (over 350,000) pledges to No.10 Downing Street, urging the Prime Minister to designate an ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas in England’s waters without further delay....
  • Blog Post: How many penguins get eaten by polar bears?

    I knew I couldn't fool you.... yes, the answer is zero as penguins live in the southern hemisphere, polar bears in the north. But less than 170 years ago we did have penguins in British waters. Find out more about this sad tale - and find out how you can help make happier endings in future - in...
  • Blog Post: Stepping up for Scotland's declining seabirds

    A trip to one of Scotland’s many seabird colonies is an unforgettable experience. Whether viewing from a clifftop vantage point or out on a little boat bobbing alongside an island teeming with squawking, swooping seabirds, you can’t help but be impressed by the variety and sheer number of...
  • Blog Post: RSPB sets out five point plan for preventing further seabird deaths through PIB pollution

    By Helene Jessop, Conservation Assistant, South West The RSPB has written a piece for The Ecologist on the recent PIB seabird incident and our call for change. We’ve set out a five-point plan of what we think needs to happen, so that further tragic incidents are prevented. To recall, between...
  • 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: Stamp out the slaughter

    Photo: Grahame Madge (rspb-images.com) Black browed albatrosses (like those above) are stunning birds. A pure white head with a black eye line that any 60's model would have been proud of, and an impressive wingspan of up to 2.5m (around 8 feet in old money). Like other albatrosses they mature...
  • Blog Post: Hundreds more seabirds dead

    Gannets and guillemots: Ian McCarthy Hundreds of seabirds, mostly guillemots, have again been washed up along the south coast of England covered in a debilitating sticky substance. This is a virtual repeat of the incident back in February this year when over 500 birds were found from Devon to Dorset...
  • Blog Post: The latest on the stranded seabirds and Common Fisheries Policy

    This has been a significant week for our marine environment. Yesterday MEPs voted on the future of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). We are delighted that they overwhelmingly voted in favour of the proposed reforms. We believe the reform will pave the way to the restoration of fish stocks, a healthier...
  • Blog Post: Marine Protected Areas 'must do better' for Scotland's sealife

    Stuart Housden, Director of RSPB Scotland, on the Scottish Government's plans for Marine Protected Areas. Marine Protected Areas 'must do better' for Scotland's sealife If London’s streets were said to be paved with gold, Scotland’s riches come in a more liquid form...
  • Blog Post: How can this be legal? You can help change it.

    There is a picture at the bottom of this blog post - I have put it at the bottom so you can choose to scroll down and see it, or not. I warn you, it is heart breaking. It is a picture of two dead guillemots, covered in PIB. They are hardly recognisable as birds, let alone guillemots. In the background...
  • Blog Post: Help us (Fish) Fight for better marine protection!

    By Sharon Thompson, Senior Marine Policy Officer Thursday night saw the last in the present series of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s FishFight ‘Save our Seas’ campaign. This programme highlighted a number of important marine conservation and sustainability issues including: ...
  • Blog Post: South coast seabird disaster – how you can help TODAY (wherever you are)

    The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) have given us the following update about the sticky man-made mineral oil that has been such a disaster for so many seabirds: “The analysis of the material affecting seabirds along the south coast of England has shown that it is a mineral oil. The material...
  • 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: 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: Meeting the Shipping Minister on PIB

    I'm keen to give you an update on the work we've been doing following the dreadful marine pollution incidents this year, caused by the release of the hazardous substance polyisobutene (or PIB). Even though there are luckily no more seabirds being washed up covered in PIB, we’re still...
  • Blog Post: In the path of an Atlantic depression

    In the path of an Atlantic depression An update from our Seabird Tracking and Research (STAR) team on Fair Isle. In the path of an Atlantic depression Fair Isle is arguably the most remote inhabited island in the UK, sandwiched between slices of the Orkney Islands and mainland Shetland in the...
  • 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: Stranded seabirds found from Sussex to Cornwall

    The above map shows the approximate locations of birds found affected by the sticky mineral oil, with the hotspot at Portland/Ferrybridge/east end of Chesil highlighted by the red star. Only locations are shown; there is no attempt to show numbers of birds reported from the various locations, but it...
  • 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: Worse things are happening at sea

    It's been an important week for our marine environment, with the Common Fisheries Policy under discussion, and the first small steps towards a review of the seabird killer PIB. Check out Martin's blog for the latest update.
  • 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...