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  • 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: A winning picture

    BirdLife South Africa run an annual Oceans of Life photography competition, and the 2013 results are out! This year there are several species (or close relatives) that we'd recognise on our own shores - including gannets, puffins and kittiwakes. I can't copy the images here directly, but I...
  • Blog Post: In case you missed it

    Check out this fabulous blog post from our South Highlands Conservation Manager, Stuart Benn.
  • 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: 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: 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: Industry joins the call to ban the seabird killer PIB

    By Alec Taylor, Marine Policy Officer I’ve just popped out of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)’s meeting of its environmental subcommittee . I say committee, but it’s more like a UN General Assembly, with hundreds of delegates from all over the globe and interpretation...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
  • Media: Kittiwakes at Bempton Cliffs

  • Media: fish supper

    hungry seagull at Bournemouth Beach (West Cliff)
  • Media: Gull on Horsey Beach, at Waxham, Norfolk

  • Media: Gannets over rare underwater chalk habitat at Bempton