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Happy birthday to the East Yorkshire Phoenix group

22 June 2016

Teenagers from the RSPB’s East Yorkshire Phoenix Group celebrated the group’s 20th birthday earlier this month, with a trip to RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Phoenix members sitting on low wall, laughing

RSPB Saltholme earns 2016 TripAdvisor certificate of excellence

22 June 2016

RSPB Saltholme today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence.

New Saltholme centre

See the cranes from the trains

21 June 2016

This month, travellers on Abelio Greater Anglia trains on the Norwich to Ely route could catch a glimpse of cranes, one of the UK’s rarest birds.

Pair of cranes at RSPB Lakenheath Fen nature reserve, May 2007

New Tramper is ready to roll at RSPB Leighton Moss

20 June 2016

Visitors with mobility impairments now have greater access to RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve thanks to the funding of a new Tramper.

Oystercatchers in flight at RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve

Record number of stone-curlews nesting on Suffolk Coast

17 June 2016

Stone-curlew success as chicks begin hatching in the Brecks & record number nest on Suffolk Coast

Stone curlew

Peregrine chicks take to the skies at Malham Cove

15 June 2016

The two chicks of popular Malham peregrines have taken their first flights from the nest and are delighting visitors to the cove.

Peregrine perched on branch in front of a cliff face

Puffin muffins on the menu at Bridlington care home

14 June 2016

The residents of Mallard Court care home, in Bridlington, have created their own Puffin Muffins for a competition being held by RSPB Bempton Cliffs, to raise awareness of the plight of the puffin.

Get involved in Giving Nature a Home, your chance to save nature

14 June 2016

New data reveals further declines in sightings of some of our most familiar and favourite garden species

Hedgehog sign

Hedgehogs prove elusive but foxes parade loud and proud

14 June 2016

Londoners have revealed hedgehogs do live in London, albeit in just 6% of gardens, while squirrels and foxes dominate.

Fox

No nesting from popular Manchester peregrines this year

10 June 2016

Unfortunately the famous Manchester peregrines have not laid any eggs this year, the RSPB has confirmed.

Peregrine perched on branch in front of a cliff face

VIP visitors blown away by RSPB Bempton Cliffs

9 June 2016

Dramatic weather didn’t dampen the spirits of VIP visitors to RSPB Bempton Cliffs last week, who experienced the award-winning nature reserve on a very wild, un-June-like day.

RSPB Bempton Cliffs reserve

David Cameron visits Rainham Marshes

3 June 2016

On a visit to RSPB Rainham Marshes nature reserve PM David Cameron says nature's safer in Europe.

New viewing platform at RSPB Rainham Marshes reserve

Northumberland first schools do a good tern

1 June 2016

Holy Island and Lowick First schools have been doing their bit for breeding shorebirds by helping make handcrafted model little terns as part of the Northumberland Little Tern project.

Little tern at nest, stretching wings

Outrage as three pole traps found set on North Yorkshire grouse moor

1 June 2016

An individual has received a police caution after admitting responsibility for setting three pole traps on a grouse shooting estate inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Female hen harrier

Give a little time to save nature this summer

27 May 2016

It’s National Volunteering Week and the team at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, near Neston are appealing for your help.

Volunteers gathering reed

Go wild in your park this summer with the RSPB and Aldi

26 May 2016

RSPB launches new project, funded by supermarket Aldi, aimed at revealing the wild side of the City and to bring families across Newcastle and Gateshead closer to nature

Wild Place Your Space image

Go wild in your park this summer with the RSPB and Aldi

26 May 2016

RSPB launches new project, funded by supermarket Aldi, aimed at revealing the wild side of the City and to bring families across Greater Manchester closer to nature

Wild Place Your Space image

Go wild in your park this summer with the RSPB and Aldi

26 May 2016

RSPB launches new project, funded by supermarket Aldi, aimed at revealing the wild side of Merseyside and to bring local families closer to nature

Wild Place Your Space image

Go wild in your park this summer with the RSPB and Aldi

26 May 2016

RSPB launches new project, funded by supermarket Aldi, aimed at revealing the wild side of the City and to bring families across Leeds closer to nature

Wild Place Your Space image

Dive into the world of mini-beasts at RSPB Fairburn Ings

25 May 2016

People of all ages are being invited to delve into the wonderful world of mini-beasts this half term at RSPB Fairburn Ings, and discover a range of fascinating bugs both in and out of the water.

Inquisitive kids

Give volunteering a go at Eastern Moors

25 May 2016

As part of National Volunteering Week, the Eastern Moors Partnership is inviting people of all ages to join them in the peak district to get their hands dirty and have a go at a range of volunteering activities.

Discover magnificent magnification at RSPB Bempton Cliffs

25 May 2016

Ever wondered what could be seen with eyesight as powerful as Superman’s? Now young visitors to RSPB Bempton Cliffs can get an idea of what it would be like to have super-vision by using the nature reserve’s powerful new digital microscopes.

Girl looking through magnifying glass

It’s half-term down at RSPB Saltholme

24 May 2016

Spring is in full flow, and summer is just around the corner with schools soon breaking up for half term. At RSPB Saltholme there are lots of activities for children and families to do – no matter what the weather.

Family look at pond life

Do Something Great’ and clean up Grannys Bay - Ribble Discovery Center

23 May 2016

The RSPB and Friends of the Estuary are teaming up for the BBC Springwatch ‘Do Something Great’ campaign with a beach clean on Grannys Bay, Fairhaven Lake.

Beach

Avocets raise a cheer at Saltholme

19 May 2016

Avocets, the black and white, long-legged birds with uniquely upturned beaks – and emblem of the RSPB - have just hatched chicks at RSPB Saltholme.

Avocet with newly hatched chick

Enjoy a front row seat at the Scarborough peregrine air show

19 May 2016

Visitors to the East Yorkshire coast are being offered a fantastic opportunity to get a close up view of a family of peregrine falcons, thanks to the RSPB and Scarborough Borough Council.

Adult peregrine in flight

Spring into life with a visit to RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands this half term

18 May 2016

Take a walk on the wild side this May half-term and admire nature’s new arrivals. The team at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands is inviting visitors to have fun taking part in two seasonal quiz trails around the nature reserve and join in a day of wildflower-themed activities.

Family at Rye Meads nature reserve

Natural beauty restored as Hesketh Out Marsh returns to the wild

17 May 2016

RSPB project will return land to its natural beauty creating a wildlife haven the size of 190 football pitches at Hesketh Out Marsh East in Lancashire

Flock of avocets on mud

Local MP becomes Puffin Champion at RSPB Bempton Cliffs

16 May 2016

Following a recent visit to RSPB Bempton Cliffs, Kevin Hollinrake MP, has become a species champion for the puffin to help raise awareness of the plight of this endangered seabird.

Puffin with sandeels in beak

Spring Fair fun to be had at Fairhaven

16 May 2016

The popular RSPB Spring Fair event is set to return to the Ribble Discovery Centre at Fairhaven Lake this May Bank Holiday and visitors of all ages are invited to join in the fun.

Fairhaven Lake, Lytham

Britain’s rarest birds of prey are back, but where are they nesting?

13 May 2016

RSPB asking members of the public to help it find new Montagu's harrier nesting areas by reporting sighting to hotline

Male Montagu's harrier flying

Take a front row seat to see the clowns of the sea

11 May 2016

The RSPB is inviting Yorkshire Coast visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the wonders of nature with awe inspiring views of the rugged Yorkshire coastline, by hopping aboard a unique cruise experience.

Puffin with wings outstretched, about to land

Blacktoft Sands A big welcome to the little ponies

11 May 2016

RSPB Blacktoft Sands is inviting people along to the reserve on the Humber Estuary to help welcome two new special members of the team: Splat and Theo.

Konik ponies grazing at RSPB Minsmere

Hesketh Out Marsh goes wild again

11 May 2016

After more than 35 years stuck behind a private sea wall, more than 154 hectares of land (380 acres) is being returned to the Ribble Estuary, providing a valuable home for wildlife in Lancashire, as well as bolstering flood defences in the face of rising sea levels.

RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh reserve, Lancashire

RSPB opens hotline to locate the UK’s rarest breeding birds of prey

11 May 2016

RSPB asks people to keep an eye out for the UK's rarest breeding bird of prey

Male Montagu's harrier flying

Fake birds used to help rare Suffolk seabirds

9 May 2016

Special hand-painted models of little terns are being used on the Suffolk coast to help conserve one of the area’s rarest birds this summer.

Little tern at nest, stretching wings

Wonderful Woodlands on the Eastern Moors

5 May 2016

From deciduous ancient oak groves to dense pine forests, colourful autumn woodlands to bright spring green glades: there’s no doubt woodlands hold a special place in the hearts and minds of the British public.

Sessile oak tree leaves

RSPB to create million pound wildlife haven in Norfolk Broads

5 May 2016

Thanks to nearly £1 million funding from WREN (see note 1), the RSPB has purchased an area of land equivalent to around 100 football pitches in the Broads National Park, and has plans to transform it into a vital and vibrant new wetland home for vulnerable wildlife.

View across dyke towards windmill, Berney Marshes RSPB reserve

Eastern England construction industry company helps people get closer to wildlife in Cambridgeshire

3 May 2016

Local business Mick George Ltd has helped create a new ‘visitor hub’ at RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes nature reserve.

View across Fen Drayton Lakes

Upland wader facing extinction needs a home

27 April 2016

Nature conservation organisation, the RSPB, is calling on farmers in Bowland to give a home to nesting curlews.

Curlew sitting in grassy field

Warm breeze of swifts to fill spring sky in coming days

27 April 2016

Flocks of swifts are expected to fill the sky over the coming days

Swifts flying at low level over rooftops

Climbing boulders raise nature experience at RSPB Rainham Marshes

26 April 2016

A pair of climbing boulders have been installed at RSPB Rainham Marshes, adding an extra dimension to the reserve's appeal.

Rainham Marshes visitor centre

Suffolk MP becomes national bittern champion

26 April 2016

The prospects are looking brighter for one of the UK’s rarest birds, and now it has its own champion in Westminster.

Adult bittern wading in reedbed

Camping out for nature

26 April 2016

Camp out under the stars for nature with Big Wild Sleepout

Big Wild Sleepout at Titchwell

New staff members gallop into East Yorkshire nature reserve

25 April 2016

RSPB Blacktoft Sands has welcomed two new Konik ponies to their site, to help the team manage the land for wildlife in an environmentally friendly way.

Konik ponies grazing at RSPB Minsmere

Trio of eggs confirmed for Lakes ospreys

22 April 2016

Following their return at Easter, the popular pair of ospreys nesting at Bassenthwaite are continuing to impress, with female osprey KL laying three eggs in six days.

Male osprey soaring

Celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day at RSPB Saltholme

20 April 2016

RSPB Saltholme is inviting people to come and celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day on 1 May – expected to be the biggest and best yet - by joining them for an early morning walk to watch the sunrise and hear nature’s song.

Sunrise at Huttoft

Shrug off those winter blues at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands this spring

18 April 2016

Now is the perfect time to discover one of the best bluebell woodlands in the region - at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, on the Dee Estuary. Each spring, the nature reserve’s Gorse Covert, an area of semi-natural ancient woodland, bursts into colour with a blanket of blue and this year, the bluebells have not disappointed.

Bluebell

Hear the harmony of the dawn chorus this spring at RSPB Fairburn Ings

18 April 2016

Immerse yourself in a cacophony of song as the sun rises at RSPB Fairburn Ings this spring, and join staff, volunteers and the songbirds on the reserve for a guided dawn chorus walk

View of visitor centre at Fairburn Ings

Help protect rare breeding bird on the Sheffield Moors

18 April 2016

Visitors to the Sheffield Moors are being asked to help protect one of the area’s most threatened birds, the ring ouzel.

Male ring ouzel foraging

RSPB goes off the straight and narrow to give salmon a home in Cumbria

18 April 2016

The RSPB is helping to give spawning salmon and other wildlife a home in Cumbria by restoring part of a Lake District river to its former glory.

Salmon jumping in white water

RSPB Bempton Cliffs – a year to remember

18 April 2016

A year since its launch last April, the £1.3 million seabird centre at RSPB Bempton Cliffs has exceeded all expectations, and staff and volunteers are celebrating its hugely successful first year.

Looking north from Bempton Cliffs

Ribble’s wildlife set to be ‘revealed’ with help of new community art project

18 April 2016

The amazing wildlife which makes its home on the Ribble Estuary is the focus of a new community art project being launched early next month. Called ‘Ribble Revealed’, the project is in the form of an art trail around Fairhaven Lake, aiming to connect people with the wildlife of the lake and the estuary, while showcasing some of the weird and wonderful creatures which visitors can expect to discover.

Ribble Discovery Centre

Help the Easter bunny unscramble his eggs at RSPB Fairburn Ings

18 April 2016

The Easter bunny is in a muddle and has scrambled his eggs. Join an Easter egg hunt with a twist at RSPB Fairburn Ings nature reserve, near Castleford.

Brown hare eating foliage

Spring is in the air at Saltholme

18 April 2016

The days are getting longer and (a little) warmer, which marks the arrival of spring and Easter. For staff and volunteers at RSPB Saltholme, near Middlesbrough, it’s also the beginning of one of the busiest and most exciting times of the year.

RSPB Saltholme nature reserve, Transporter Bridge in background

RSPB fears the worst for England’s last golden eagle

14 April 2016

England’s last remaining golden eagle has failed to appear this spring, leading RSPB staff and volunteers at its Lake District home to fear the worst.

Golden eagle at eyrie

Wildlife-friendly farming grant opportunities in Yorkshire Wolds and Coast

12 April 2016

Nature conservation charity, the RSPB, is offering specialist free advice to farmers in the Yorkshire Wolds and Coast area who would like to be rewarded for giving nature a home on their land.

Burnt-tipped orchids in meadow

Fairhaven’s famous boat race is back with a twist!

12 April 2016

Take a trip to RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre this Easter holidays to help recreate Fairhaven’s famous boat race, with a new twist. Boats will be made from recycled and natural materials and the whole family are encouraged to take part in this special event being held on Wednesday 13 April.

The beach at Fairhaven Lake

Volunteers needed to protect rare seabirds in Northumberland

12 April 2016

The Northumberland Little Tern Project is looking for volunteers to protect vulnerable nesting shorebirds this summer. This includes endangered little terns, ringed plovers and oystercatchers.

Little tern fishing

Excitement as osprey pair return to Bassenthwaite for fourth season

12 April 2016

A famous pair of ospreys have returned to Bassenthwaite over Easter weekend, sparking hopes for yet another successful year for the Lake District Osprey Project (LDOP).

Osprey carrying trout

RSPB goes off the straight and narrow to give salmon a home in Cumbria

8 April 2016

The RSPB is helping to give spawning salmon and other wildlife a home in Cumbria by restoring part of a Lake District river to its former glory.

Salmon jumping in white water

Manchester peregrines celebrate milestone year

4 April 2016

Manchester peregrines are back for their 10th anniversary in the heart of the city and continue to capture people’s attention.

Peregrine falcon in flight over Manchester city centre

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results: Mild winter boosts sightings of smaller garden birds

31 March 2016

Long-tailed tits return to RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch top 10

Long tailed tit collecting insects from hawthorn bush

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results: Mild winter boosts sightings of smaller garden birds

31 March 2016

In excess of half-a-million people joined in the world’s largest garden wildlife survey turning their eyes to the garden to watch and count over eight million birds during the 37th RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Male house sparrow in grass

London's Big Garden Birdwatch 2016 results

31 March 2016

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016 results from Londoners shows a surge in goldfinches, while starlings move out of the Capital's gardens.

Goldfinch eating groundsel

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016 results for Berkshire

31 March 2016

Surveys of Berkshire's gardens found long-tailed tits are on the rise, while blackbirds suffered a 30% slump since 2010.

Baby long-tailed tit

Surrey's Big Garden Birdwatch results published

31 March 2016

Results from this year's Big Garden Birdwatch in Surrey show long-tailed tits have doubled in a year, while blackbirds dwindle.

Long-tailed tit feeding 11 chicks

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results: Mild winter boosts sightings of smaller garden birds in Cheshire

31 March 2016

More than 519,000 people across the UK took part in the 2016 Birdwatch including more than 9,000 from Cheshire

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results: Mild winter boosts sightings of smaller garden birds in County Durham

31 March 2016

More than 519,000 people across the UK took part in the 2016 Birdwatch including more than 3,000 in County Durham

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results: Mild winter boosts sightings of smaller garden birds in East Riding of Yorkshire

31 March 2016

More than 519,000 people across the UK took part in the 2016 Birdwatch including nearly 3,700 in East Riding

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results: Mild winter boosts sightings of smaller garden birds in Greater Manchester

31 March 2016

More than 519,000 people across the UK took part in the 2016 Birdwatch including more than 11,400 from Greater Manchester

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results: Mild winter boosts sightings of smaller garden birds in Lancashire

31 March 2016

More than 519,000 people across the UK took part in the 2016 Birdwatch including nearly 8,400 from Lancashire

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results: Mild winter boosts sightings of smaller garden birds in Merseyside

31 March 2016

More than 519,000 people across the UK took part in the 2016 Birdwatch including more than 5,500 from Merseyside

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results: Mild winter boosts sightings of smaller garden birds in North Yorkshire

31 March 2016

More than 519,000 people across the UK took part in the 2016 Birdwatch including more than 8,600 from North Yorkshire

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results: Mild winter boosts sightings of smaller garden birds in Northumberland

31 March 2016

More than 519,000 people across the UK took part in the 2016 Birdwatch including more than 3,000 from Northumberland

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results: Mild winter boosts sightings of smaller garden birds in South Yorkshire

31 March 2016

More than 519,000 people across the UK took part in the 2016 Birdwatch including more than 8,200 from South Yorkshire

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results: Mild winter boosts sightings of smaller garden birds in Tyne & Wear

31 March 2016

More than 519,000 people across the UK took part in the 2016 Birdwatch including more than 4,400 from Tyne & Wear

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results: Mild winter boosts sightings of smaller garden birds in West Yorkshire

31 March 2016

More than 519,000 people across the UK took part in the 2016 Birdwatch including nearly 13,500 from West Yorkshire

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results: Mild winter boosts sightings of smaller garden birds in Cumbria

31 March 2016

More than 519,000 people across the UK took part in the 2016 Birdwatch including more than 4,600 in Cumbria

Draft concepts released for new Sherwood Forest visitor centre

19 March 2016

Draft concepts of how the new Sherwood Forest visitor centre at Forest Corner at Edwinstowe could look have been released today by the RSPB-led consortium.

RSPB-led consortium named as preferred bidder to manage Sherwood Forest Country Park and new visitor centre

3 March 2016

An RSPB-led consortium has been named as the preferred bidder for a new visitor centre and to manage the stunning natural habitats within Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest Country Park.

The Major Oak

Drop in sessions unveil new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre concepts

26 February 2016

Communities in the Edwinstowe and Sherwood Forest area are being invited to view concepts for a new Sherwood Forest visitor centre at Forest Corner, Edwinstowe.

Starling on feeder

Birdfair breaks fundraising record again in a bid to help migratory birds

23 February 2016

£320,000 raised from Birdfair 2015 goes towards helping migratory birds in Eastern Mediterranean

Female blackcap eating berries

2016-02-12 MRO Become A Nature Detective This Half Term at RSPB Coombes Valley

12 February 2016

RSPB Coombes Valley, near Leek, is inviting children to turn detective by going on a clue finding adventure and discovering more about the wildlife that resides in the woodland.

Girl looking through magnifying glass

A step in the right direction for our marine wildlife

17 January 2016

We welcome Defra's announcement of 23 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) and the proposal of seven Special Protection Areas (SPAs) around the English and Welsh coast.

Puffin calling, Isle of May National Nature reserve

Beat the festive blues by getting Active in Nature in Norfolk with the RSPB and Sport England with free taster sessions throughout January

5 January 2016

RSPB encourages people to swap the sofa for stunning scenery this January as part of new partnership with Sport England

View over reedbed at Strumpshaw Fen

New £228K bog restoration project launches at Dove Stone

4 January 2016

The RSPB has launched a major new blanket bog restoration project at Dove Stone in the Peak District after securing a grant of more than £228,000 from landfill tax charity WREN.

Helicopter

Eastern Moors offers haven for threatened species

4 January 2016

A survey of breeding birds at Eastern Moors has revealed the Peak District site is bucking national trends with an increase in a number upland species that are vanishing elsewhere in the UK.

Skylark, North Uist