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  • Blog Post: All aboard...

    As i pulled into the quayside there was a strong coastal smell. Rich, salty seaweed, damp wood from the pier, and pungent shellfish remains from the cockle van parked up at a jaunty angle. The enigmatic herring gull soundtrack was faint on this particular morning, but it was there none the less. This...
  • Blog Post: The good ol' days

    I'm gutted. Wagon wheels don't have jam in them anymore. What's occurin'!? In the good ol' days that fake Wheely jam sat tenderly against its pure white mallow like a jumped up jammie dodger. But then in the good ol' days corncrakes croaked from the fields, corn buntings...
  • Blog Post: Wanderings abroad

    Blogger: Erica Howe, Communications Manager Having just returned from a once in a lifetime holiday to New Zealand and Borneo, it’s fair to say, i’m a little bit glum. Holiday blues have set in and I wish I was back there, amongst the mountains of New Zealand, the fresh air, the breath...
  • 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: 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: Making biomass work

    Matt Williams, Climate Change Policy Officer I was embarrassingly proud today when I was quoted for the first time as an RSPB climate change policy officer. The article was published on my birthday too, which is a nice treat. My statement is in an article related to biomass, which Government hopes...
  • 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: Ensure David Cameron Shows Support for 30% Emissions Reduction Target!

    We’ve talked at length on this blog recently about the massive threat climate change poses to birds and other wildlife. Science is revealing example after example of birds, mammals and whole ecosystems that are being harmed by a warming world. Not only that but, we depend on the earth’s...
  • 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: 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: 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: Glaciers, rats and 100 million birds

    South Georgia, ice-bound and tucked within the edge of the Southern Ocean, might not be everyone’s idea of a paradise island. Yet it’s waters are biologically richer than those around the Galapagos Islands , and it’s home to over 100 million seabirds . For six species of them, and over...
  • 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: The silent assassin

    As you read this there’s a battle raging. But it’s a different kind of battle. There are no guns, bombs or explosions. The enemy is silent and often slips by unnoticed. There are signs of its presence, but the majority don’t realise what these signs are or what they mean. This is the...
  • Blog Post: Strange weather and Nasa statistics

    Matt Williams, RSPB Climate Change Policy Officer ‘I never ever want to talk about the science of climate change ever again!’ This was a line from the best talk on climate change I have ever heard, by Jonathon Porritt in 2011. For Porritt, and many others including the IPCC, the debate...
  • 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: A wonderful place to live

    Guest blogger: Olly Watts, Senior Policy Officer on Climate Change Lord Taylor’s words not mine, as he closed his scene-setting talk at the climate change conference we held along with Natural England and WWF-UK at the Royal Society a couple of weeks ago. He’s right of course –...
  • 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: Would you pay for an energy system that respects nature?

    I’ve been doing a lot of work with RSPB colleagues across the UK recently looking at our policy on energy and renewables and asking whether it’s fit for the challenges ahead. In a nutshell, our policy is that we want a renewable energy revolution in harmony with nature. If you’re...
  • Blog Post: What the record summer Arctic ice melt might be telling us

    The record breaking summer Arctic ice melt last month got lots of media attention. Doubtless you’ll have seen this, so I’ll just report that that the difference between the new record and the old is about the size of Texas, which has a kind of irony, and leave the facts at that – you...
  • Blog Post: Climate Adaptation and the Star Trek approach

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer (climate), on the Scottish Government's Climate Change Adaptation Programme. Climate Adaptation and the Star Trek approach Do you remember Star Trek? Of course you do. When I was young I watched the Next Generation - Captain Picard and crew. Do...
  • Blog Post: Act won, seen nothing

    Allan Whyte, Parliamentary Officer, reflects on the Scottish Government's commitment to address climate change. Act won, seen nothing It’s hard to imagine a city more alive than Edinburgh is in August. Every year the festival descends upon Auld Reekie and ferments in an explosion of culture...
  • Blog Post: Scotland's rainforest: Rio+20 & peatlands

    Rio+20 begins today. Our Senior Land Use Policy Officer (Climate), Jim Densham, discusses the global importance of Scotland's peat . Scotland's rainforest Climate Change Minister Stewart Stevenson MSP and Secretary of State Caroline Spelman MP visited a Brazilian rainforest on Monday as...
  • Blog Post: The fight against forest-destroying biofuels – hope at last?

    By Archie Davies, Head of European Policy Campaigns Today we have seen progress on an issue that affects wildlife across the globe – biofuels. The link between wildlife and biofuels might not be an obvious one, but it's deep-rooted, linked to the carbon emissions and habitat destruction...