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  • Blog Post: Bringing back the field cricket

    You don’t need me to tell you that we are having a rather severe impact on our planet. Climate change is something which threatens our future – but species are disappearing right now as a result of habitat loss, a much more immediate threat. One of those species is the field cricket...
  • Blog Post: Is your pond a threat to wildlife?

    The accidental or deliberate movement of plants or animals around the world by man has been responsible for the global extinction of many species. The British countryside hasn't escaped as many species from overseas are now on the rampage creating havoc for wildlife and their habitats. And the...
  • Blog Post: Log jams and early flowering willow take on climate change in the Scottish Borders

    From Jim Densham, Senior Land use Policy Officer, RSPB Scotland Anyone guess what this is? Is it a playground climbing frame? Or a 3-Day-Eventing hurdle from the Olympics? No - it’s a bar apex log jam. And it’s a simple, cost effective measure that farmers in the Scottish borders are using...
  • Blog Post: Nature, adaptation and climate change at Bonn

    It’s good to step out occasionally and gain a wider perspective on things, and the three-day Bonn meeting on climate change and nature conservation in Europe was a particularly good occasion. It mixed ecology, policy and economics – ambitious, but the three pillars needed to get things done...
  • Blog Post: SUSTAINABLE SEVERN – MAKING THE MOST OF THE ESTUARY

    Tony Whitehead, RSPB South West Regional Office With the DECC Minister Greg Barker saying yesterday that it’s not at all realistic that a Severn Barrage Bill will come before parliament this term we think now is the ideal time for everyone to take stock and look anew at generating power from...
  • Blog Post: Natural solutions to living in a changing climate

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer, Climate, RSPB Scotland Nature is good for us. Watching birds in the countryside might be your thing and bring you joy and a sense of wellbeing. But what if it’s not? Well, nature is still good for you – even if you don’t know it. Our...
  • Blog Post: When a developer messes up somewhere, he hurts the industry everywhere

    Guest post by Kelsie Pettit, Energy and Climate Policy Officer, RSPB Scotland The above words, spoken by a colleague from Birdlife International at the European launch of the Good Practice Wind project (GP Wind), are a reflection on the global community in which we live. Our insatiable media and...
  • Blog Post: Upping the stakes for Arctic protection

    The polar ends of our world are incredibly special places – cold, wild and remote, little known by most of and yet with an amazing pull on our consciousnesses. Whilst Antarctica is protected by its UN Treaty, the Arctic is open to territorial claims from several countries and commercial interests...
  • Blog Post: Money trickles in for peatland restoration.

    Jim Densham, RSPB Scotland Would you call £1.7m a trickle of money? Probably not. Think what you might do with all that dosh. The Scottish Government has just announced this amount of new funding for peatland restoration from its Green Stimulus Package. Good news, and we said so . But £1...
  • Blog Post: A day in the life... Bonn talks draw towards close

    John Lanchbery, RSPB Principal Climate Change Advisor, at the Bonn UNFCCC conference Thursday and a warm, humid morning breaks over the climate change talks in Bonn. Up early to ensure that I am sufficiently alert to chair the daily NGO 'political coordination' at nine. Catch the local...
  • Blog Post: Declining Slavonian grebes - is climate change playing a role?

    Steven Ewing, RSPB Senior Conservation Scientist At this time of year, most of our Slavonian grebes will be sitting on their nests, carefully concealed within emergent loch-side vegetation, patiently incubating their clutches of eggs. Slavonian grebes are without doubt one of the UK’s most enchanting...
  • Blog Post: Stepping stones to the north

    Birds, butterflies, other insects and spiders are using protected areas to help them move north in response to climate change. Perhaps this isn’t surprising, but it’s another good reason to make sure that we cherish and protect our protected areas across the UK, and that we have the resources...
  • Blog Post: Green Travel to Green Places

    Guest Blogger: Jim Densham – Senior Land Use Policy Officer (Climate) at RSPB Scotland. After 7 years of hard work the kind people at the RSPB allow staff to take a sabbatical. Quite a lot of RSPB staff do bird surveys for their sabbatical but whilst I love nature, I’m only an occasional...
  • Blog Post: New evidence of climate impacts on American birds

    A new report by the RSPB's sister organisation in the USA, the Audubon Society, with collaborators including the US Fish and Wildlife Service, details the profound impacts of climate change on US bird populations - and possible trends in the future. The findings include: • Oceanic birds are...
  • Blog Post: The barrage of Severn barrage plans continues

    Helen Blenkharn , Climate Change Policy Officer It’s back again! The Severn Barrage, which has been proposed by countless developers since the end of the 10 th century, is back on the cards, with a new proposal for a £25bn scheme from Hafren Power. The proposal is on the front page...
  • Blog Post: Adapting to change:wildlife and people of the Inner Forth

    Dominated by the Grangemouth oil refinery and Longannet coal-fired power station, the Inner Forth in Central Scotland might seem like an odd place for a vast area of visionary wildlife conservation. But when the RSPB’s UK climate change team came together on a rainy Scottish morning, the Forth...
  • Blog Post: Bad for the environment, bad for climate but global dependence on fossil fuels just keeps getting bigger...

    Helen Blenkharn, Climate Change Policy Officer ' Carbon Bomb' projects threaten explosion in global emissions Yesterday, this was a headline in BusinessGreen. The article was about a new Greenpeace report called ‘Point of No Return’ which suggests that the world’s 14 largest...
  • Blog Post: Climate quandries down on the farm

    I just had the pleasure of an afternoon’s stroll through Hope Farm , the RSPB’s working arable farm in Cambridgeshire. Hope Farm is a model of how farmers can reap rich dividends for biodiversity – by including many wildlife-friendly features on their farms – while turning a profitable...
  • Blog Post: Developing biomass at our nature reserves

    Guest post by Sarah Alsbury, RSPB Environmental Systems Project Manager The mad thing about importing biomass to burn for energy is that we have plenty in the UK, which is often left to rot on the ground. We have this problem on many reserves, especially our wetlands. We need to cut grass, reeds,...
  • Blog Post: State of Nature and climate change

    State of Nature , a scientific collaboration of 25 UK conservation organisations, saying that our species are in already trouble, my thoughts turned to consider how climate change might be part of that. Especially when this UK report follows a recent global study , suggesting that more than half of common...
  • Blog Post: Stop the scam in forest carbon accounting

    Don’t get us wrong. The RSPB is absolutely behind efforts to revive the UN process and achieve a global climate treaty for 2012 and beyond. But there’s a scam at the heart of the negotiations, a scam that needs to be exposed if these talks are to produce anything worthwhile. What...
  • Blog Post: Greenhouse emissions and global biodiversity - an outlook

    Guest post from Rachel Warren, Reader in Integrated Assessment of Climate Change, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia We have just published the first global scale analysis of impacts of climate change on the climatic ranges of 50,000 widespread and common animal...
  • Blog Post: Biodiversity and people on the front line

    With climate change increasingly affecting wildlife and nature conservation, our new report published with Natural England and WWF-UK shows that the Earth's wildlife and natural systems are already showing significant impacts. It’s a timely to our political leaders - and to us all - just what's...
  • Blog Post: Well done to mariners, ancient and modern

    I've handed the reins of my blog over to Mark Avery for most of June. Mark's sharing the successes and challenges of saving nature around the world in the run up to the Rio+20 Earth Summit. I’ve always thought that Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner was a gloomy poem. The...
  • Blog Post: Nature on the move

    I've handed the reins of my blog over to Mark Avery for most of June. Mark's sharing the successes and challenges of saving nature around the world in the run up to the Rio+20 Earth Summit. If you have had an eye on nature for the last few decades then you are likely to have noticed changes...