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Don’t believe the hype, spiders are spectacular

16 October 2014

Staff and volunteers at RSPB Saltholme are urging people to look at spiders in a new light this Halloween.

Wasp spider

Summer-visiting birds increasingly taking a tumble

16 October 2014

The latest State of the UK Birds report shows a dramatic decline for some of our best loved migratory birds

Female whinchat in spring

New report reveals scale of declines of UK migratory birds wintering in Africa

16 October 2014

The migration of millions of birds across the face of the planet is one of nature’s greatest annual events. Every spring some species move north, while every autumn those same species move south, very often linking continents.

Cuckoo stretching wings

Go wild in the park this half-term

14 October 2014

Nature conservation organisation, the RSPB, is hosting a programme of free family-friendly wildlife events in Newcastle and Gateshead this half term.

Boy in hat smiling in snow

Will the witching hour strike at Fairburn Ings?

10 October 2014

Join the team at RSPB Fairburn Ings this Halloween when the nature reserve, near Castleford, will be opening up after dark for a ‘Witches and Wizards’ evening of ghoulish family fun.

Halloween lantern at Fairburn Ings

Wildlife Experience Officer joins Bempton Cliffs team

8 October 2014

A brand new role has been created at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, to engage people with the natural and cultural heritage of the site, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery fund.

Joanne Allen and rescued puffling

Autumnwatch is back!

8 October 2014

As the days begin to get shorter, the mornings a lot darker and an apparent chill in the air, it must be time for Autumnwatch!

Starling roost at dusk

Magic and wild forays this half term at local nature reserve

7 October 2014

Autumn has arrived at RSPB Coombes Valley and to welcome the change in season; the nature reserve will be hosting a week of autumnal magic this half term from October 25 - November 2.

Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria, fungi growing at The Lodge

An autumn roam in the Valley

3 October 2014

On 25 October staff and volunteers at RSPB Sandwell Valley nature reserve will be inviting visitors to join them on a colourful roam around the reserve.

Male goldeneye displaying

More effort needed to save nature say scientists

3 October 2014

Nature is in crisis, and a new study is urging Governments to redouble efforts to save it

Lowland agile gibbon

We're using pig power to give nature a home

3 October 2014

We're recruiting some unusual 'curly-coated' volunteers to help manage one of our most important nature reserves

Fluffy pigs

Gamekeeper found guilty of mass poisoning of birds of prey

1 October 2014

The illegal killing of at least 11 birds of prey on one estate in Norfolk is one of the worst cases recorded in Britain

Poisoned buzzards

Gone Girls: Threatened birds of prey disappear without trace

24 September 2014

Two young satellite-tagged hen harriers have vanished in Lancashire in unexplained circumstances.

Tagged Hen Harrier - Bowland

Rare seabird chicks seen for first time in living memory on St Agnes and Gugh

22 September 2014

Manx shearwater chicks have been seen outside their nest burrows for the first time in living memory on St Agnes and Gugh, following the first year of a project to remove rats.

Manx shearwater leaving nest burrow

Can you ‘bolve’ like a red deer stag?

22 September 2014

The annual red deer rut is fast approaching and what better way to see this amazing natural spectacle than on the atmospheric Eastern Moors, part of the Peak District National Park.

Red deer stag bellowing in dawn backlight

Gritty goings-on at RSPB Leighton Moss

22 September 2014

With the nights starting to draw in and the leaves beginning to turn on the trees, autumn is certainly on its way and at RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve in Silverdale, that means one of its most secretive residents is coming out of hiding – the bearded tits.

Male bearded tit feeding on reed head

Time to celebrate as RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands turns three

17 September 2014

A birthday weekend extravaganza will be held at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands this month to mark the nature reserve’s third birthday – and everyone is invited to join the party.

Common lizard

Is it a cowpat? Or a piece of wood? Young nightjar shows reserve is on track

17 September 2014

A young nightjar seen by a RSPB volunteer photographer on the Hazeley Heath reserve in Hampshire last week shows the heathland restoration is on track.

Roosting nightjar

Rare bird of prey tagged on TV show missing in action

16 September 2014

A bird of prey filmed for national television has mysteriously disappeared before her screen debut

Releasing Mark

Nature’s home is getting a makeover...

16 September 2014

RSPB Coombes Valley holds annual Open Day and unveils exciting new facilities to explore.

Family Day & minibeast hunt, children sweep netting, Lochwinnoch

Wildlife is good for business in the East Midlands

16 September 2014

Game-changing response required to tackle State of Nature crisis.

Cuckoo stretching wings

Great crested newts on the move at Bempton

16 September 2014

An amazing array of cliff-top wildlife has been uncovered at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, during work to ensure a protected species is left undisturbed by upcoming development works.

Great crested newt

50 more years for the RSPB at Blacktoft

16 September 2014

The RSPB has signed a new 50-year lease for Blacktoft Sands, securing its long-term future at the Humber-based nature reserve.

Marsh harriers in mid-air tussle

Lizard bonanza at RSPB Farnham Heath

15 September 2014

A sand lizard reintroduction project at RSPB Farnham Heath’s still on track to succeed despite floods drowning this years’ stock

Juvenile sand lizards - Farnham

Lottery Award win for RSPB bird of prey project

15 September 2014

An RSPB initiative aimed at protecting hen harriers has won this year’s National Lottery Award for Best Education Project.

Female hen harrier in flight

RSPB celebrates returning ‘home’ to Manchester with a fun-filled festival

12 September 2014

People of all ages enjoyed a celebration of nature’s home last weekend as the RSPB and Manchester City Council invited everyone to discover the wildlife in the Mersey Valley.

Girl having face painted at British Birdwatching Fair

D-Day for Beddington

11 September 2014

A decision's due on the future of a south London wildlife hotspot, here's why it's worth saving.

Tree sparrow juvenile

Rare bird nests on Humber

5 September 2014

The UK’s rarest breeding bird of prey has successfully nested in East Yorkshire for the first time in decades.

Male Montagu's harrier flying

Politicians and industry have the power to make a difference in dealing with challenges facing wildlife

3 September 2014

Businesses and politicians have the power to make a difference in tackling the crisis facing our wildlife, according to Sir David Attenborough.

Gannet colony

RSPB responds to ‘common sense’ decision to drop Thames Estuary airport

3 September 2014

Common sense has prevailed as the Airports Commission rules out an airport in the Thames Estuary.

Plane landing

Black grouse numbers lekking good at Geltsdale

3 September 2014

Black grouse are enjoying their best year ever at the RSPB’s Geltsdale reserve in the North Pennines.

Black grouse displaying at lek at dawn

Nose to nose with furry friends

3 September 2014

On Sunday 14 September from 10 am - 12 pm, RSPB Sandwell Valley nature reserve will welcome visitors to get nose to nose with native furry friends.

Field vole

Nature needs you!

3 September 2014

The RSPB is looking for volunteers to help out at their Shop for Nature at Carsington Water, near Ashbourne.

Buying gifts from an RSPB shop

Nature’s drama

3 September 2014

The incredible story of the River Trent is soon to come to life on the stage, thanks to a partnership between RSPB’s newest wetland nature reserve Beckingham Marshes, local youth group PACS, and amateur dramatics society Kismet.

Landscape view of Langford Lowfields RSPB reserve

Game-changing response required to tackle State of Nature crisis

3 September 2014

Finding game-changing solutions to the crisis facing nature is the theme of the landmark Conference for Nature today which features high-profile delegates including Sir David Attenborough, The Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Germaine Greer and key people from business, politics, the utility sector and conservation

Hedgehog foraging in leaves

RSPB responds to common sense decision to drop estuary airport

2 September 2014

Common sense has prevailed as the Airports Commission rules out an airport in the Thames Estuary says RSPB following the decision today

Oystercatcher flock at high tide roost, RSPB Snettisham reserve

RSPB responds to ‘common sense’ decision to drop Thames Estuary airport

2 September 2014

Common sense has prevailed as the Airports Commission rules out an airport in the Thames Estuary.

Flock of knots

Bumper breeding year for rare seabird in Northumberland

1 September 2014

A rare seabird has enjoyed its most successful breeding season for two decades in Northumberland.

Little terns in nest

New book reveals fascinating history of Leighton Moss

1 September 2014

The first book to chart a 6,000 year history of Leighton Moss is set to be launched at the RSPB reserve this month.

Oystercatchers in flight at RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve

Help to celebrate 20 years of giving nature a home at RSPB Marshside

1 September 2014

As the RSPB marks 20 years of creating homes for nature at its Marshside reserve in Merseyside, an action-packed day of celebration is set to be held on Sunday 7 September and everyone is invited to join in.

Pink-footed geese from Nel's Hide at Marshside

Don’t let the turtle dove become the UK’s ‘passenger pigeon’, says RSPB

1 September 2014

On the 100th anniversary of the extinction of North America’s passenger pigeon today, the RSPB is highlighting the plight of the turtle dove, which is currently halving in number every six years.

Pair of turtle doves foraging

Don’t let our turtle dove become the UK’s passenger pigeon

1 September 2014

As the world mourns the passing of the passenger 100 years ago, we're reminding everyone that our very own turtle dove could be heading for oblivion

Profile of turtle dove

A wild day out

29 August 2014

On Saturday 6 September, the RSPB and Wall Farm near Telford are welcoming visitors for a day of wild entertainment from 10 am – 4 pm.

Elephant hawk-moth on daisy

Moors at War

27 August 2014

Walking along the Peak District’s grit stone edges, many visitors experience a sense of peace within the beautiful landscape; however, blasting through this apparent tranquillity, during a year of remembrance, is the reality of the role our uplands played during the World Wars.

Froggatt Edge

Back to school bonus at RSPB Saltholme

26 August 2014

It may be time to go back to school but the fun needn’t stop just yet - RSPB Saltholme is inviting visitors to come along to the wildlife reserve and discovery park in September, absolutely free of charge.

Black-tailed godwit in flight

Marshside reserve gets new lease of life

22 August 2014

After 20 years of successful partnership with Sefton Council, the RSPB is celebrating a new 99-year lease of the RSPB’s Marshside reserve, in Merseyside.

Avocet kneeling, allowing chicks to find shelter under wing

Festival fever in the Mersey Valley

21 August 2014

A festival with a difference is set to be held in Manchester next month, to connect people with nature in the Mersey Valley.

Kids running about

Four bee-eater chicks take to the air

21 August 2014

It’s a first as exotic chicks fledge on the Isle of Wight

Bee-eaters fledge on the Isle of Wight

20 August 2014

Four bee-eater chicks have fledged on the Isle of Wight after a joint protection operation by the National Trust, the RSPB and island naturalists

NOT COPYRIGHT FREE - two Bee-eaters

Bringing a little bit of the Amazon rainforest to West Canvey Marsh

20 August 2014

The RSPB is excited to announce that for one night only they will be bringing a little bit of the Amazon rainforest to West Canvey Marsh.

Sweepnets at Selborne Societies Perivale Wood meadow

Set sail in search of skuas with the RSPB

20 August 2014

As the leaves begin to turn and autumn comes calling, birds start their great journey from their summer haunts to winter havens - and the stretch of sea beyond Bempton Cliffs is a remarkable place to see a wide variety of these migrants as they pass through the area on their way south.

Long-tailed skua in flight

Fascinating Fungi

19 August 2014

Fungi may be considered by some to be the ugly duckling of Britain’s wildlife, but get up close and personal with a fly agaric toadstool and its natural beauty becomes startlingly apparent, as the Eastern Moors Partnership is setting out to demonstrate with a special event.

Fly agaric, close up with water dripping from cap

Frampton Marsh hosts first UK glossy ibis nesting attempt

18 August 2014

A pair of glossy ibises have brought a touch of the Mediterranean to our Frampton Marsh reserve this summer

Glossy ibis

Wind in the Willows in the Dearne Valley

8 August 2014

RSPB Old Moor and Tin Pot Theatre are inviting people to join them for a special outdoor performance of The Wind in the Willows.

Otter

Record breaking year for Chesil beach’s little tern colony!

8 August 2014

The little tern colony at Chesil Beach has had its most successful year since records began, building on the prior success of the partnership project.

Little terns in nest

Try kayaking, bush craft and fishing for free with the ARC project

7 August 2014

Free taster sessions of kayaking, bush craft and fishing for children and young people in West Sussex are being offered by the Arun and Rother Connections (ARC) project.

Bushcraft challenge

Big smiles for mini beasts

6 August 2014

Adventurous young visitors to RSPB Bempton Cliffs will have the chance to get their hands on some weird and wonderful creatures at the nature reserve this summer - and the conservation charity is looking for photos of their brave visitors as they make friends with the wildlife.

Elephant hawkmoth perching on finger

Be a Bee Gaurdian

5 August 2014

On Thursday 7th August, Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust and the RSPB are holding a workshop to recruit volunteer Bee Guardians to help survey the special bees found at Canvey Wick nature reserve.

Bees on Globe thistle

Celebrate the glories of nature in the Thames estuary with the Big Picture exhibition

5 August 2014

Photographers from all over the south east entered the RSPB’s Big Picture competition earlier this year to show what they loved about the wildlife, landscapes and people of the Thames estuary, and you can see the winners’ work at the Harbour Arm Gallery in Margate this week.

Thames Estuary

Experience the egret empire at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands

5 August 2014

As dusk falls over RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, one of the region’s greatest natural spectacles unfolds: the nature reserve is awash with birds settling down for the night, not least one of the country’s most elegant and exotic-looking, the little egret.

Little egret hunting for fish

The big Blacktoft biomass BBQ

1 August 2014

The RSPB Humber team are inviting everyone to join them for a Biomass BBQ at Blacktoft Sands nature reserve, to find out all about how they are converting waste biomass, such as reeds and willow, into innovative climate-friendly products.

Softrak reedbundler

Big picture exhibition celebrates the glories of the Thames estuary

1 August 2014

The winners’ work in the RSPB Big Picture photography competition celebrating Thames estuary is on show at the Harbour Arm Gallery, Margate

Fox yawning

Political parties urged to value nature and champion its recovery

31 July 2014

Value nature and secure its recovery, that's our message to all the main political parties

People walking around RSPB Arne nature reserve

Gamekeeper fined after tawny owl caught in illegal trap

31 July 2014

A gamekeeper has been fined £700 after he set an illegal trap and the tawny owl caught in it had to be euthanised.

Injured twany owl

Gannets in focus with the RSPB

31 July 2014

Budding wildlife photographers are being given the chance to learn from the best with RSPB Bempton Cliffs and award-winning photographer, Steve Race.

Gannets with 'necklace'

Lancashire conservation project continues to tern around seabird’s fortunes

30 July 2014

A West Lancashire conservation project aimed at improving breeding conditions for local seabirds is enjoying its most successful season ever.

Common tern nest at Preston Marina

Final call for people to share views on proposed visitor centre for Dove Stone

28 July 2014

Time is running out for people to join a public consultation on proposals for a small visitor centre at Dove Stone.

Family feeding ducks and geese at Dove Stone nature reserve

Emmerdale helps the RSPB give nature a home

28 July 2014

One year on from launching its ambitious campaign to encourage people to provide a home for nature, the RSPB is again reminding everyone to do their bit to offer UK wildlife a helping hand – and popular television soap, Emmerdale has added its support.

Bug hotel next to Emmerdale sign

A summer of discovery at local nature reserve

24 July 2014

RSPB Coombes Valley nature reserve is excited to invite families for a fantastic summer of events.

Common blue in flight

Lucky black-winged stilt chicks who hatched on Friday 13th fledge at Medmerry

21 July 2014

Friday the 13th is supposed to be unlucky – but not for the three rare black-winged stilt chicks which hatched on that day in June at RSPB Medmerry. They have beaten the odds and fledged successfully.

Black-winged stilt stretching

Lancashire schoolchildren adopt rare birds of prey

18 July 2014

Pupils from a Ribble Valley school have taken five rare hen harrier chicks under their wing.

Brennands schoolchildren visit Bowland

New report: why we need a new recipe for farming, wildlife, food and public health

14 July 2014

Ten organisations come together for the first time to challenge future governments to fix our broken food system

Skylark, North Uist

For peat’s sake, stop the burn!

10 July 2014

Conservation organisation, the RSPB, is calling for an end to burning on deep peat, a harmful land management practice that threatens the future of the Peak District and other upland areas across England.

Golden plover among heather

Be gull able not gullible to bad PR

7 July 2014

Climate change is having an impact on gulls. The RSPB's urging everyone to be good neighbours to these refugees.

Herring gull perching on railing

Chichester Cathedral peregrine chicks delight with first flights

4 July 2014

The male and female Chichester Cathedral peregrine chicks have taken their first flights as our project there ends.

Visitors at the Chichester peregrine viewing point

Bowland hen harrier chicks tagged

3 July 2014

Hen harrier chicks have been fitted with high-tech satellite tags as part of a new RSPB initiative to help conserve England’s most threatened bird of prey.

Tagged Hen Harrier - Bowland

London gets "In-Tents"

2 July 2014

Londoners have been raising money for nature by camping outdoors with the RSPB's Big Wild Sleepout.

Sweepnets at Selborne Societies Perivale Wood meadow

Berkshire under canvas

2 July 2014

Berkshire residents camped under the stars to raise money for nature with the RSPB.

BWSO - family and sign

An "In-Tents" experience

2 July 2014

Our Farnham Heath nature reserve welcomed a small troupe of campers for the Big Wild Sleepout, how did yours go?

Hammocks at BWSO

Coast to coast wheelchair challenge raises over £23,000

1 July 2014

With over 100 friends, 29 machines and 16 dogs, Roy Taylor successfully completed his 215-mile Coast to Coast wheelchair challenge and raised over £23,000 for the RSPB.

Roy Taylor - coast to coast

Five-point plan to protect England's uplands

30 June 2014

England's upland peatlands are vital for havens of wildlife and for helping to combat climate change and providing clean drinking water, but too many of these sites are in poor condition.

Dunlin with summer plumage in grass

Organisations call for Government 5-point plan to protect England’s ‘vital’ uplands

30 June 2014

From Dartmoor to the Peak District and from the North York Moors to the Lake District, England’s uplands are iconic landscapes that improve the environment, help combat climate change, provide havens for nature and benefits for people, such as clean drinking water.

Sundew

Discover Oxford’s wonderful wildlife

26 June 2014

Summer wildlife discovery day.

Comma butterfly on verbena in garden at The Lodge

Saving swifts in Oxford

26 June 2014

On Thursday 12 June, swift enthusiasts from across Oxford came together to celebrate an amazing bird and share pioneering work now underway in the city, which aims to help save swifts from further decline.

Swift hunting insects

South Devon RSPB Nature Reserve helps give rare bird a home

26 June 2014

The cirl bunting once faced extinction in the UK. However it is now making a comeback in its south Devon stronghold.

View of Labrador Bay

Three chicks for Kielder ospreys

24 June 2014

It is with especial delight that it can be revealed that a third osprey nest at Kielder Forest and Water Park now has chicks.

Pair of ospreys feeding chicks at eyrie

Pesticide analysis underlines need for more sustainable farming

24 June 2014

A new analysis shows so-called neonic pesticides are causing significant damage to a range of beneficial insects

Moss carder bee on red clover

Thousands sleep out to help wildlife

16 June 2014

People setting-up camp in gardens, up a tree, on a farm and even in a cave!

Big Wild Sleepout - 2014

Thousands sleep out to help wildlife

16 June 2014

People are setting-up camp in gardens, up a tree, on a farm and even in a cave!

Big Wild Sleepout - 2014 sign

Proud stilt parents standing tall as first UK chicks hatch after 27 years

13 June 2014

Two pairs of black-winged stilt - a rare Mediterranean wading bird - which has not bred successfully in the UK for nearly 30 years have hatched their first chicks on RSPB reserves in Kent and West Sussex in south-east England today.

Black winged stilt at Medmerry

Public invited to share views on proposed visitor centre for Dove Stone

12 June 2014

A public consultation on proposals for a small visitor centre at Dove Stone is set to begin this month.

Family feeding ducks and geese at Dove Stone nature reserve

Every plant tells a story

12 June 2014

On Sunday 29 June, from 1 pm – 3 pm, visitors are being invited to delve into the secret life of plants at RSPB Coombes Valley nature reserve.

Knapweed

Glimmer of hope for England's hen harriers

11 June 2014

The hen harrier - England’s most threatened bird of prey - has taken a small step back from the brink of extinction

Adult male hen harrier perched on heather, RSPB Loch Gruinart reserve, Islay

‘Poor’ deal for English farming: a ‘wasted opportunity’ for environment

10 June 2014

A poor deal for wildlife and a wasted opportunity, that's our view of Defra's announcement today on greening agriculture

Moss carder bee on red clover

Glimmer of hope for England’s hen harriers

10 June 2014

England’s most threatened bird of prey has taken a small step back from the brink of extinction.

Hen harrier chicks on nest

Giving farmland wildlife a home in the Allen Valleys

5 June 2014

Nature conservation charity, the RSPB, wants to hear from farmers and land managers in the Allen Valleys, Northumberland, who are interested in helping nature thrive on their land

Black grouse male on lek

Itching to explore the secret life of creepy crawlies

3 June 2014

On Sunday 15 June the RSPB is inviting visitors to come and explore what flies, slimes, creeps and crawls on a walk of discovery in the hidden depths of RSPB Coombes Valley nature reserve.

Children looking at an insect

Giving nature a home at The Garden Festival

3 June 2014

The RSPB will be attending The Garden Festival in Herefordshire on 7 - 8 June as this year’s official partner to meet loyal festival-goers and celebrate the wonders of plants, wildlife, food and the planet.

Girl in garden building a home for bugs

Application received to shoot 10 buzzards to protect pheasant shoot

2 June 2014

The RSPB is concerned to learn that Natural England – the UK Government’s nature conservation agency – is considering a licence application to trap and shoot 10 buzzards to protect young pheasants.

Buzzard in flight

Celebrating local wildlife champions

30 May 2014

On 15 June, the RSPB and partners will be joining forces to celebrate young wildlife champions from across Nottinghamshire who are making a positive difference to the local environment.

Teenagers pond dipping at Rainham Marshes