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  • Blog Post: One Direction for Nature? The #JeThames Brit Awards nominations are...

    I admit that working for nature in the Greater Thames isn’t all about glitz and glamour. Not in comparison to the 2013 Brit Awards which will no doubt dazzle and shimmer in North Greenwich tonight. Take a conversation I had the other day about the fate of the dunlin. If you wanted to invent...
  • Blog Post: Saving Special Places catch up.

    Here’s a post-summer holiday trot through developments on some of the stories we’ve been following. Dungeness . The purple heron family has taken to the wing and has now left the reserve. Time will tell if this was a one off event or if these elegant birds return next year. If they do...
  • Blog Post: The marine environment and renewable energy - making it work

    In January this year DECC announced that the South West had been named the UK's first Marine Energy Park, creating a partnership between government and buisness to drive forward the development of marine renewable industries - offshore windfarms, wave hubs and tidal power schemes - from the Severn...
  • Blog Post: Out with the old – will 2011 be nature’s annus horribilis?

    A year ago, I gave you some wishes for 2011 . Perhaps some of them were a bit ambitious but let’s see how they turned out. Wish 1. Dungeness is, finally, given the protection it deserves and is cherished both for its wildlife and as a great place to visit and get close to nature. We’ll...
  • Blog Post: Post from the coast

    The seas around our islands are amazing. The life it sustains is abundant and spectacular – let’s face it a visit to one of the UK’s seabird breeding colonies should be on everyone’s top 50 things to do! Here's a picture of gannets off Troupe Head. But that life is also...
  • Blog Post: Sea Sick

    Get ready for another three-letter acronym! MC Zed Sounds like the latest club sensation? Well no. MCZs are Marine Conservation Zones. They sound good don’t they? They should be, they are one of the key outcomes from all the lobbying we (and that more than likely includes you) put into...
  • Blog Post: All at sea

    This blog does get its feet wet occasionally and we have visited a number of coastal sites – but we haven’t ventured too far off shore. One (rather bad) reason is that there’s only one Special Protection Area (SPA) designated out there, in the sea and that’s Carmarthen Bay. Given...
  • Blog Post: Special Places at Sea – consultation due to close soon

    The the idea of protecting the best places for nature on land is a familiar and accepted way of doing conservation. The best of the best – our Natura 2000 site network – has been a success (there’s a long way to go to complete the network, but that’s another story). The requirement...
  • Blog Post: Do you stick your head underwater?

    The key to identifying and protecting our best places for wildlife starts with knowing what’s there. That can be quite tricky on land – at sea the challenge is even greater. Between now and the end of September Natural England are encouraging anyone who knows their cockles from their mussels...
  • 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: 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: So how did the Minister do today?

    This morning Richard Benyon, Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries, has been facing an audience of sealife champions , who have asked him some searching questions about the Government's plans to protect our precious marine environment. It was streamed live on www.rspb.org.uk/marine ...
  • Blog Post: Stamp collection

    When I was at school we were always collecting stamps for some cause or other, but as time moved on it seemed to fall out of favour, and was replaced by sponsored activities. Today, with the Royal Mail launching the last set in their series of 'Post and Go' bird stamps, I thought it was a good...
  • Blog Post: Scottish anglers step up for sharks

    I grew up on the south coast of England, close enough to Chesil Beach to make it a good day trip destination. Famous for fossils, I loved searching for the stony remains of curious creatures I (mostly) couldn’t name. I think the most exciting find I ever made was a fossilised shark’s tooth...
  • Blog Post: 320,000 reasons to support our campaign

    Fabiano Peppes (rspb-images.com) It is well established that seabirds die each year by being caught up in fishing lines, at rates that are pushing some species of albatross, petrels and shearwaters to the very edge of extinction. Orea Anderson, our Global Seabird Programme Policy Officer, will today...
  • 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 real Deal

    I am pleased to introduce you to Carol Knott, from Deal in Kent. We love Carol. She is one of our much appreciated super duper Campaign Champions - volunteers who are really stepping up for nature by encouraging those around them to support our vital campaigns to help save nature. Carol has been...
  • Blog Post: Picture perfect

    By Sharon Thompson, Senior Marine Policy Officer Along with one of the judges, our very own RSPB Birds Magazine editor Mark Ward, I got to see some fabulous photographs at the British Wildlife Photography Awards on Friday evening. I was particularly pleased that the overall winner was a stunning...
  • Blog Post: FishFighting again!

    Following the success of highlighting the issues of unsustainable fishing practices, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall last night launched his new ‘Save our Seas’ campaign. This campaign moves beyond fish and highlights the need for better protection for the marine environment through a network...
  • Blog Post: 28 seconds worth sharing

    Wes, one of the small but dedicated team working at Coquet Island , made this video to help encourage people to show their much needed support for our sealife. It's brilliant - just 28 seconds long, worth watching, and worth sharing (please......). The consultation for England's seas closes...
  • 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 sweet spot

    I’m getting excited as I’m off to Holkham Bay on the North Norfolk coast this weekend. The big skies and wide golden sands fringed by woodland are a great place for pretty much anyone, whatever your interests. I love to let my dogs run free, take a salty dip, kayak through the saltmarshes...
  • Blog Post: Wild about.... wildlife!

    This week I’ve been waxing lyrical about our coasts, and I thought I would round off the week with a celebration of our marine and coastal wildlife. I have a soft spot for arctic terns . Apart from being incredibly graceful, they manage a gob-smacking annual migration of over 22,000 miles. It's...