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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.

29 Nov

Star Gazing Night

Hands-on activity

30 Nov

Lee Valley - Rye Meads & Amwell GPs

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