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Police appeal after red kites illegally poisoned in the Chilterns

9 May 2012

Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Police are appealing for information following the illegal poisoning of two rare red kites less than a mile apart in the Chilterns. The RSPB is offering a reward of £1,000 for information leading to a conviction.

Red kite in flight

With bats, butterflies, bugs and beetles, there's more to RSPB nature reserves than birds

19 January 2012

Two new species a day last year were found at The Lodge, bringing the total to over 4,000 species

Heliophanus flavipes spider

Last chance to see…St Albans’ nesting herons

27 April 2011

After returning to their spring home in St Albans earlier this year, a colony of grey herons is now successfully raising chicks in the heart of the city centre, and visitors to historic Verulamium Park are being treated to front row seats as the drama unfolds.

Grey herons at St Albans (Aren't birds brilliant!)

Places to visit

Visit a nature reserve or get up close to exciting birds at a Date with Nature event


Downloads from our Document Library.

MAP - Whinchat in the East of England

MAP - Whinchat in the East of England

1.51Mb, PDF

Date: 23 April 2010


MAP - Wood warbler in the East of England

MAP - Wood warbler in the East of England

1.49Mb, PDF

Date: 27 May 2009



RSPB science, conservation and farming projects in your area.

25 February 2014Turtle dove solution trialling and Trichomonas PhD
26 February 2013Woodland Biodiversity Project
23 March 2012Corn bunting solution testing

Featured news

Selected local stories from the RSPB.

National poetry competition finds a winner!

3 February 2014

The RSPB and leading UK contemporary poetry magazine, The Rialto, have announced the winner of their second annual poetry competition.

Flying red kite


Events coming up in the next 7 days.

04 Sep

Optics Demo

Equipment demo

06 Sep

Optics Event

Course, class or workshop

07 Sep

Optics Event

Course, class or workshop

10 Sep

Indoor meeting, "Sojourn in Slovenia" by Ann Scott.


Bedfordshire Walking Festival - RSPB The Lodge to Jordans Mill walk

Guided walk

Local groups


Over 17,000 people around the UK give their time for the RSPB. Listed below are just a few ways you can volunteer in the local area.

Breeding Bird Survey Birdwatchers
Supporter Feedback Writer & Coordinator
Switchboard Operator/Receptionist
Expenses Processer
Website developer – Migrant Landbirds