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Geltsdale hen harrier chick takes flight

2 September 2016

A single hen harrier chick has successfully fledged at RSPB Geltsdale for the first time in a decade.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

RSPB nature reserve gets a facelift at 30

2 September 2016

This month marks five years since RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands opened its doors, but parts of the land managed by the wildlife conservation charity have now entered their fourth decade as a nature reserve and have just undergone some home improvements.

Flock of black-tailed godwits over Dee Estuary

RSPB Geltsdale opens new trail

1 September 2016

A brand new trail has been opened at RSPB Geltsdale and visitors are invited to a special event at the Hallbankgate nature reserve to mark the occasion.

Birch trees at Black Burn, RSPB Geltsdale reserve, Cumbria,

Turtle doves will reveal migration secrets

30 August 2016

Six turtle doves are being satellite tracked from their breeding grounds in the UK to their wintering grounds in West Africa, to help scientists better understand why numbers are crashing so rapidly.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Conservation partnership unites to protect precious dune habitat in Sutherland from development

30 August 2016

Scotland’s leading conservation charities are calling on developer to withdraw plans for golf course on unspoiled coastal site rich in wildlife

Arctic tern sitting on nest in grass

Siom aruthrol am benderfyniad Llywodraeth Cymru i beidio gwahardd saethu gwyddau talcenwyn

25 August 2016

Mae gwyddau talcenwyn yr Ynys Las mewn perygl ac o dan fygythiad difrifol o ddiflannu'n llwyr o'r byd 'ma. Mae'r boblogaeth fyd-eang yn is na 20,000 o adar ac mae'r nifer sy'n gaeafu yma yng Nghymru yn argyfyngus o isel.

Adult male Greenland white-fronted goose at the RSPB Loch Gruinart nature reserve

Bitter disappointment at Welsh Government’s refusal to ban shooting white-fronted geese

25 August 2016

Greenland white-fronted geese are endangered and under serious threat of extinction – the global population is now below 20,000 birds and the wintering population in Wales is at critically low levels. In the late 1990s, over 160 birds returned to their regular wintering site on the Dyfi estuary.

Adult male Greenland white-fronted goose at the RSPB Loch Gruinart nature reserve

RSPB given exciting new role in Budby South Forest

25 August 2016

The RSPB will now take on an important new role in the management of Budby South Forest from 1 August.

RSPB logo

Respite for Countryside Stewardship opens window of opportunity for farmers to come to turtle doves’ rescue

24 August 2016

Operation Turtle Dove is urging farmers to apply for Countryside Stewardship agreements to help the UK’s fastest declining bird

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

RSPB nature reserve another step closer to becoming largest of its kind in the UK

24 August 2016

RSPB nature reserve in Cambridgeshire doubles in size following recent handover of land from gravel extraction site

Bittern feeding in reedbeds

Rare cranes fledge in view of passing commuters

22 August 2016

For the second year running, two pairs of cranes have successfully raised three crane chicks between them at Lakenheath Fen.

Cranes at RSPB Lakenheath Fen reserve

Puffins up for grabs at RSPB Bempton Cliffs

22 August 2016

During August Bank Holiday weekend, visitors to RSPB Bempton Cliffs will be given a chance to ‘hook-a-puffin’, in a twist on the traditional fairground game, at the nature reserve’s summer fete.

Young boy visiting Bempton Cliffs

Another satellite tagged bird of prey disappears in the Monadhliath Mountains

18 August 2016

RSPB Scotland has announced that a young hen harrier has gone missing on a grouse moor in the Monadhliath Mountains.

Male hen harrier hunting along coastline

Building new homes for swifts and communities

17 August 2016

Swift numbers have almost halved in twenty years and new nesting boxes are needed to help numbers recover as they return to the UK to breed every summer

Swifts flying at low level over rooftops

MSP encounters ancient tree in the heart of RSPB’s Abernethy nature reserve

17 August 2016

Douglas Ross MSP briefed on RSPB Scotland’s 200-year vision for expansion of Caledonian pine forest

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Hornsea offshore wind farm decision devastating for iconic seabirds

16 August 2016

The RSPB is deeply concerned that the Secretary of State’s decision to approve the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm will lead to the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of globally important seabirds.

Gannets displaying at nest

Thousands flock to Birdfair

16 August 2016

Celebrity speakers, filming with dinosaurs and 20 years of ospreys at world’s largest nature event

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

RSPB warns driven grouse shooting does not have a future without change

12 August 2016

Europe’s biggest conservation charity is warning that reform is the only way grouse shooting can save itself in England.

Ringtail hen harrier in flight

Satellite tagged golden eagles disappearing in the Monadhliath mountains

11 August 2016

RSPB Scotland has issued an appeal for information following the disappearance of another young golden eagle, the eighth of this species to vanish in the same area in less than five years.

Golden eagle profile

Fife sea eagle chick takes flight

10 August 2016

A white-tailed (sea) eagle chick that hatched in a Forest Enterprise Scotland wood in Fife has taken its first flight.

Mull 2008: Satellite-tagged eagle chick