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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

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

Wild creations in the wild, wild woods

30 May 2014

RSPB Coombes Valley nature reserve is inviting visitors to come and get creative in the woods as part of the annual Wild Art Weekend, 7 June – 8 June, 11.00 am – 3.00 pm.

Splashing in a puddle

Pitch your tent and get close to nature in Oxfordshire

29 May 2014

Enjoy our Big Wild Sleepout and do your bit to give nature a home.

Big Wild Sleepout at Titchwell

Pitch your tent and get close to nature in the Midlands

29 May 2014

Enjoy our Big Wild Sleepout and do your bit to give nature a home.

Big Wild Sleepout at Titchwell

Arrivals from the dry Mediterranean brighten rainy Britain

29 May 2014

A mini influx of black-winged stilts has brought a touch of the Mediterranean to southern England, as two pairs of these exotic-looking wading birds are attempting to nest at RSPB sites in West Sussex and Kent

Black winged stilt at Medmerry

Calling all young wildlife detectives: we need your help at Coombes Valley

27 May 2014

There is a mystery to be solved at RSPB Coombes Valley.

Girl pointing in snow with boy, Ousby, Cumbria

Vintage bus steers Sandwell Valley back in time

27 May 2014

Coconut shies to hook-a-duck, take a trip down memory lane at RSPB Sandwell Valley nature reserve on Wednesday 28 May at the reserve’s reminiscence community event.

Group of 3-9 year olds on a Summer School, pond dipping at reserve

Peregrine chicks steal the limelight at Malham Cove

23 May 2014

It’s official – there are at least two peregrine chicks at Malham Cove. The youngsters have been spotted moving about in the nest, much to the delight of peregrine fans.

Peregrine perched on branch in front of a cliff face

Rare bird gets a new champion!

23 May 2014

Tessa Munt MP becomes first south west “species champion”. MPs in the West Country are to be asked to lend political support to the protection of the region’s threatened wildlife by becoming South West “Species Champions”.

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at the Lee Valley Country Park

Osprey watch opens

23 May 2014

Visitors to Kielder will soon be able to experience stunning views of one of the UK’s rarest and most spectacular bird species.

Osprey carrying trout

Giving swifts a home in the Ribble Valley

23 May 2014

The RSPB and Ribble Valley Borough Council have joined forces to provide 200 new homes for swifts in East Lancashire.

Swifts flying at low level over rooftops

Step away from that bird!

23 May 2014

It’s that time of year when our Wildlife Enquiries Team receives lots of calls from well-meaning people about the cute and helpless baby birds they have discovered on the ground. However, we're asking people to resist the urge to intervene.

Baby long-tailed tit

Two chicks for peregrine pair at Chichester Cathedral

21 May 2014

The first two chicks from the four eggs laid by the new peregrine pair have hatched at Chichester Cathedral.

Chichester peregrine - female

Great Crested grebes nest on the Isle of Wight

21 May 2014

The great crested grebe has started breeding on the Isle of Wight for the first time.

Great crested grebes doing 'weed dance'

Pioneering wildlife audit reveals 1500 exclusively ‘British’ species overseas

20 May 2014

A new report reveals the unique and threatened species of the UK's overseas wildlife

Spiky yellow woodlouse (Pseudolaureola atlantica)

Nightingales sing again after ninety years

16 May 2014

RSPB repeats history by celebrating a classical songster

Nightingale singing from a hawthorn bush

Landfill community funding helps to give nature a home at RSPB reserve

14 May 2014

Native species have returned to an RSPB East Sussex reserve thanks to £135,000 of funding from the Landfill Communities Fund

Tree pipit perching on twig

Little Egrets and Marsh Harriers nesting on the Isle of Wight for the first time

13 May 2014

The Isle of Wight has scored a breeding success with Little Egrets and Marsh Harriers nesting for the first time.

Little egret

New wildlife garden opens featuring tiny animal habitats made from LEGO®

13 May 2014

Vistors on wildlife watch at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort

LEGO Hedgehog

Step away from that bird!

9 May 2014

It’s that time of year when the Northern RSPB Wildlife Enquiries Team receives lots of calls from the well-meaning public about the cute, helpless baby birds they have discovered on the ground.

Tawny owl chicks in field of bluebells

150 Homes for Nature

9 May 2014

Working together, RSPB London and London Underground have committed to creating 150 Homes for Nature improving the Capital's biodiversity.

LU and RSPB partnership with Oaks Hill High School pupils

Exmoor ponies retrun to Broadwater Warren

8 May 2014

Native grazing herd helps RSPB manage the Heathland and lives in harmony with ground nesting birds

Exmoor horses

Call for volunteers to help to give nature a home at RSPB Geltsdale

8 May 2014

Volunteers are invited to learn new skills while helping to create a home for nature during monthly volunteering sessions at RSPB Geltsdale.

Volunteer working at Dove Stone nature reserve in the rain

World’s biggest wildlife survey reports a chorus of frogs hopping around in our gardens but our native squirrels are in the red

6 May 2014

More than half of people in the UK see frogs in their gardens on a monthly basis but only a fraction of us ever see the endangered red squirrel, according to the second round of results from the world’s biggest wildlife survey [note 1], run by the RSPB.

Common frog

Coast to coast wheelchair challenge

1 May 2014

An inspirational Yorkshire man has set himself a challenge of covering over 200 miles in a wheelchair, with the aim of raising funds and awareness to improve accessibility in the countryside.

Roy Taylor - accessibility

Manchester City Council invites the RSPB ‘home’

30 April 2014

Manchester City Council and the RSPB are set to develop an exciting new vision to connect people with nature in the Mersey Valley.

Grey heron with picnickers in Regents Park

New Barnsley beer brewed for bittern

28 April 2014

Barnsley’s Acorn Brewery has teamed up with nature conservation organisation the RSPB to launch a new beer inspired by the bittern, one of the UK’s rarest and most secretive birds.

Butter bump

The hunt is on for ace interviewers

28 April 2014

The Arun and Rother Connections project is looking for volunteer interviewers and people from West Sussex for their oral history project.

Backlit reeds

Last week for entries to the ‘Big Picture’ Photography competition

19 April 2014

Entries have been pouring in for the ‘Big Picture’ photography competition celebrating the wildlife, landscape and the people of the Greater Thames Estuary

Thames Estuary

West Yorkshire’s garden wildlife revealed

17 April 2014

Nearly half of people in West Yorkshire who took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch see common frogs in their gardens on a regular basis but only a fraction ever see the endangered red squirrel, according to the second round of results from the world’s biggest wildlife survey.

Badger emerging from sett

Garden wildlife revealed

17 April 2014

World’s biggest wildlife survey reports a chorus of frogs hopping around in our gardens but our native squirrels are in the red

Common frog

Get on your bike with the RSPB

16 April 2014

RSPB launches brand new fundraising event - the Big Bike Ride.

Person cycling through park

Climate change leaving seabirds with nowhere to tern

14 April 2014

One of the UK’s rarest seabirds could become a victim of climate change as rising seas and increased coastal flooding squeeze the UK’s coastline.

Little tern at nest, stretching wings

Climate change and disturbance leaving one of the UK’s rarest breeding birds with nowhere to tern in Essex

14 April 2014

One of the UK’s rarest seabirds, little terns, could become a victim of climate change as rising seas and increased coastal flooding squeezes the UK’s coastline.

Little tern at nest, stretching wings

Enjoy an ‘eggcellent’ Easter weekend at Sandwell Valley nature reserve

10 April 2014

On Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 April, RSPB Sandwell Valley nature reserve will be hosting an ‘eggcellent’ weekend of wild themed Easter activities.

Visitors attending a family fun day, RSPB Sandwell Valley

Help for hungry hedgehogs

8 April 2014

Prickly garden visitors may need some help after hibernation, says RSPB.

Hedgehog coming through fence tunnel

RSPB buys river island

8 April 2014

Nature conservation organisation, the RSPB has bought an island on the River Ouse, near Goole, with the aim of protecting its rich variety of resident wildlife.

Hook Island

Big Garden Birdwatch results: All change in Essex’s top ten

5 April 2014

Essex gardens are vital for many much-loved species

Starling hotel

Call for everyone to keep an eye on peregrine activity in city centre

4 April 2014

The famous Manchester Peregrines are back for an eighth season of entertainment in the city, but this year there is a twist – and your help is needed to keep an eye on the birds.

Adult peregrine in flight

Girlguiding Rustle, Bustle and Squeak for the RSPB!

2 April 2014

Girlguiding South West England has raised nearly £17,000 for the RSPB over the last 18 months by taking part in an exciting new partnership project.

Girl in garden building a home for bugs

Big Garden Birdwatch results: All change in the top ten

1 April 2014

Gardens are vital for many much-loved species.

Juvenile blue tit sitting in a bird bath

On Safari in Bowland

28 March 2014

The rugged and dramatic landscape of the United Utilities Bowland Estate is home to some fantastic wildlife so the water company has joined forces with the RSPB to host a series of moorland safaris.

Male ring ouzel, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Big Garden Birdwatch results: Top 10 for Yorkshire

27 March 2014

Almost half a million people who took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch have discovered some interesting changes among our most popular garden birds, with some species that benefit from a bit of extra help creeping up the rankings.

Goldfinch eating groundsel

Big Garden Birdwatch results: Top ten for North East

27 March 2014

Almost half a million people who took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch have discovered some interesting changes among our most popular garden birds, with some species that benefit from a bit of extra help creeping up the rankings.

Male house sparrow bathing in garden pond

Big Garden Birdwatch results: All change in top 10 for North West

27 March 2014

Almost half a million people who took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch have discovered some interesting changes among our most popular garden birds, with some species that benefit from a bit of extra help creeping up the rankings.

Goldfinch feeding on teasel

London's changing soundscape

27 March 2014

2014's Big Garden Birdwatch shows London's dawn chorus is dimmer and subtly changed compared with that of a decade ago.

Goldfinches on feeder

Big Garden Birdwatch results: All change in the top ten

27 March 2014

Gardens are vital for many much-loved species

Young blue tit dangling from branch by one leg

Blackbird is most-spotted playground bird

24 March 2014

A UK-wide survey of birds in schools has revealed that the blackbird is the most common playground visitor for the sixth year in a row.

Boy taking part in Big Schools' Birdwatch

An eggstroadinary disaster has struck at RSPB Coombes Valley!

21 March 2014

The Coombes Valley Easter bunny has lost his Easter eggs. When will he learn? Help is needed from chocolate lovers, every day from 5 April – 27 April, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Happy campers for happy wildlife

19 March 2014

Thousands of people will carry on camping for wildlife this summer by taking part in the RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout.

Family camping out

New hope for Peak District peregrines

18 March 2014

A pair of peregrines have arrived at a traditional nest site near the Snake Pass in North Derbyshire, giving local nature conservationists hope that the bird of prey may breed there for the first time in seven years.

Peregrine at nest on hillside

Homes under the hammer for broody birds

18 March 2014

The race to get on the property ladder has already begun for many young couples.

Wren feeding young at nest

North West wildlife and water quality put at risk by fracking

13 March 2014

Poorly regulated fracking risks harming threatened species and polluting our waterways, according to a report produced by the UK’s leading wildlife and countryside groups.

Pink-footed geese

On the lookout for skydancers

10 March 2014

As spring gets underway, the RSPB is asking people who spend time in the uplands to keep their eyes peeled for hen harriers, England’s most threatened birds of prey.

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

Getting wild in Tyneside

7 March 2014

A new community project is being launched to enthuse and inspire the residents of Tyneside about the rich array of wildlife that lives on their doorstep.

Kittiwake nest on Tyne Bridge

A burning issue for England's upland wildlife

7 March 2014

Burning, drainage and other forms of intensive land management in England’s iconic peat-covered hills are threatening to create a series of environmental catastrophes.

Dunlin with summer plumage in grass

The future of England’s uplands is a burning issue

7 March 2014

Burning, drainage and other forms of intensive land management in England’s iconic peat-covered hills are threatening to create a series of environmental catastrophes, says the RSPB.

Male red grouse

Saltholme’s birthday bash

5 March 2014

RSPB Saltholme is celebrating its fifth birthday this weekend (8-9 March), and everyone is invited to join in the fun and help the team celebrate five wonderful years of giving nature a home.

Bridge being operated by RSPB warden Toby Collett

10 out of 10 for 'Greg the egg'

5 March 2014

A Coventry man has firmly cemented his place as the UK's most convicted egg collector with his tenth and latest prosecution, three more than any other collector.

Three eggs seized from Wheal - razorbill centre, others guillemot

Atlantic Seabird Tragedy

4 March 2014

Winter storms kills at least 28,000 seabirds in the NE Atlantic

Puffins on Isle of May nature reserve

Can you take the Big Picture?

2 March 2014

Photography competition launches in The Thames Estuary

Thames Estuary

Owls do more than just hoot!

28 February 2014

RSPB Blacktoft Sands is on a mission to spread the word about the fascinating world of owls, and visitors to the reserve this March will not only be able to discover some amazing facts, but may also see these remarkable birds in action.

Hunting barn owl

Coping with flooding in London

27 February 2014

London is vulnerable to flooding with some 680,000 properties at risk, so planning for the future is crucial.

Thames Barrier