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  • Blog Post: Sue Lees: My (small) part in the Save Kiln Meadow Campaign

    Even small steps can make a big difference. As Sue Lees found out when she stepped up for the wildlife of Kiln Meadow. 'It all started when I heard about Ipswich Borough Council's disgraceful 2010 plan to cover the well-loved local nature area - Kiln Meadow - with 170 new houses. Even though...
  • Blog Post: 19,193 Thank yous

    As I write we’re waiting to hear what the 2012 budget holds for us all – and what it will mean for the future of the natural environment. Over 19,000 of you stepped up and told the Chancellor of the Exchequer that the environment does not have to be sacrificed in the pursuit of economic...
  • Blog Post: Reedbed richness

    I spent an enjoyable day at our Leighton Moss nature reserve in north Lancashire. It’s a place I know well it’s over thirty years since I first visited this special corner of the world – on a coach trip organised by the Leeds RSPB local group. I was there to host a roadshow for colleagues...
  • Blog Post: Launching Stepping up for Nature

    I've just spent and inspiring afternoon at the Commonwealth Club in London with dozens of people who know all about stepping up for nature - we've just finished the event and their is a buzz of conversation behind me as I write. Here are some pictures from the day (earlier posts have some...
  • Blog Post: Communities and Conservation

    Joan and Gill are speaking at the launch of Stepping up for Nature - telling us about the work of Friends of North Kent Marshes - bringing communities and conservation to life, And here's Gary Prescott (who visited all RSPB reserves by bike in 2010 - and we managed to add four while he was...
  • Blog Post: We're all in this together - Stepping Up for Nature

    Organised campaigning by passionate people is an unstoppable force - this was a key message put over by Mike Clarke opening our evening launch of our new campaign - Stepping Up for Nature. Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelman responded - and she is stressing the benefits of partnerships. The benefits...
  • Blog Post: Cherwell Swifts Conservation Project

    Chris Mason has been protecting and enhancing his local swift habitat in a truly inspirational fashion. This is the story was sent to us this summer, 2012: Some years ago a friend told me about a nesting colony of 7 or 8 pairs of swifts that was at risk. The old barn where the birds had nested for...
  • Blog Post: Stepping Up for Nature – a look back to the launch

    At last I’ve got a few moments to reflect on yesterday’s hectic activities in London as we launched our new campaign – Stepping Up for Nature You can see pictures from yesterday by looking at the earlier posts – it was fun getting impressions of the day out as it happened,...
  • Blog Post: Magnificent Meres and Mosses

    From the Welsh boarder to the Black Country, from the Mersey to the West Midlands lies a landscape sculpted by ice and shaped human use. Spend time in this inviting landscape and its character emerges – it is a wet-landscape, at every turn a mere or peaty moss, some small others extensive. This...
  • Blog Post: Three Million Steps for Nature

    A year ago we launched Stepping Up for Nature in London ... with launches later in the year in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. Since then people like you (and probably you too) have taken nearly three million steps – thank you, they most certainly all add up! Last March I wrote this at the...
  • Blog Post: Stepping up for the Serengeti

    The Serengeti Shall Not Die Earlier in the week I brought you the wonderful news that the Gola Forest in Sierra Leone has been given National Park status. On the other side of Africa, in Tanzania, one of the most iconic National Parks is facing worrying times. A proposed road across the northern...
  • Blog Post: Big Steps in the Fens

    I'm off out for the evening. I'm looking forward to a do in Ely at which we will be launching our vision for the Fens. The RSPB Fens project is part of our Futurescapes programme. At the beginning of March we launched Stepping Up for Nature – our biggest campaign yet - and Futurescapes...
  • Blog Post: We’re all stepping up for nature – will join us?

    Quite often over the past six months I’ve asked you to Step Up for Nature . It may have passed you by (I hope not) but I know many of you have taken steps to help save the special places that are a vital part of our natural world. This blog helped launch Stepping Up for Nature back in March...
  • Blog Post: End of an era

    Today is Mark Avery’s last day at the RSPB – and I hope you will join me in wishing him all the very best for the future. He’ll be a hard act to follow – he has that enviable ability to take complex arguments, and summarise them in a way that brings clarity and makes a conclusion...
  • Blog Post: Sustainable development, I presume

    Yesterday, the Westminster government launched its long-awaited draft of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), and a full public consultation that will run until 17 th October. Whilst this type of Whitehall paper-pushing can seem irrelevant to day-to-day life, it will have the potential to...
  • Blog Post: The Archway Cuttings

    Sue Lees may have most recently been involved in the campaign to Save Kiln Meadow , but before that she was helping create a wildlife-friendly space in north London. 'My heart used to sink when I thought about Archway Cuttings South East (one of the wooded slopes around the Archway Bridge in...
  • Blog Post: A blog about curlews, shelduck and a prosperous Scotland

    Hello from a very sunny and warm Skinflats (I have worked in this office for nine months now and that is the first time I have been able to say that!). The good weather means it is the perfect time to get out and about, and what better way to spend a morning than experiencing some of the fantastic wildlife...
  • Blog Post: Presumption in the media

    Since I blogged earlier this week, the National Planning Policy Framework has hit the headlines in quite a big way. The National Trust campaign has created quite a stir (“National Trust warns planning changes could tear up countryside” in the Guardian ), with a “bewildered” reaction...
  • Blog Post: The Age of Avalon

    In 1997 there were just 11 booming bitterns in Britain. Bitterns, once memorably likened to a toasted heron by a young visitor to one of our reedbed nature reserves, have had a tough time. Driven to Victorian extinction, the fortunes of this secretive wetland dweller during the twentieth century were...
  • Blog Post: Stepping Up for Nature

    I signed our Letter to the Future – if you did too, thank you, it’s been a successful campaign at a challenging time for the environment in the face of significant budget cuts, we were delighted that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced an 83% increase in the High...
  • Blog Post: Launching Stepping Up for Nature - part two

    This afternoon we celebrated our hand in of 355,773 Letters to the Future - Dominik Reynolds helped hand them in to No10 - and he spoke to the audiience this afternoon. This evening, here he is talking to RSPB president Kate Humble, on the right of the picture is Secretary of State for the Environment...
  • Blog Post: What goes round...

    My day started with a real bang the other morning, when my bike tyre exploded. Everyone stared, wondering if it had been a gunshot. Forced to find another way in to work, I took full advatage of being on the bus and tube with commuters to eavesdrop ... and the conversation was not typical for a grey...
  • Blog Post: Budget watch

    How was it for you? I gave up smoking years ago but even I wince at the notion of £7.50 for a pack of twenty. £5 for your average bottle of wine may help me drink less and I rarely buy beer in London pubs 'cause I can't then afford the bus fare home. On the plus side for London...
  • Blog Post: Cockney Sparrow Count success

    Dig out the bunting and buy the ingredients for a celebratory cake, it may soon be time to party. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our 2012 house sparrow survey , updating one completed in 2002. We asked you to tell us where sparrows live in London so we could compare the findings...
  • Blog Post: On a high

    You know the feeling. You're close to the top of a hill or even a ladder. You reach the top and look around. The sense of achievement and yes, even wonder, is unique and often rewarding. The RSPB started 122 years ago as a campaigning organisation with a group of women taking on authority, before...