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Threatened waders enjoy record breeding season in East Anglia

24 November 2014

2014 has been the most successful breeding season in recent years for the lapwing in East Anglia.

Lapwing - adult female in breeding habitat pasture

Skydancers on the Dee

24 November 2014

Visitors to the RSPB’s Parkgate reserve on the Dee Estuary are being given the chance to see England’s most threatened bird of prey in action.

Female hen harrier flying low

Lapwing numbers boosted by RSPB nature reserves

21 November 2014

Conservationists are thrilled that lapwings, birds which have been disappearing from the UK, have had a successful 2014 breeding season in grassland habitats managed by the RSPB.

Female lapwing in rushy pasture, Northumberland

Christmas bird hunt on the Heath

20 November 2014

We’re going on a Christmas Bird Hunt and we’re inviting young supporters to help. Your reward? A mini Christmas Tree.

Boy in hat smiling in snow

A Record-Breaking Year for the Cirl Bunting Reintroduction Project

20 November 2014

Cornwall’s re-introduced population of cirl buntings has this year seen its best ever breeding productivity, with 39 pairs producing over 100 fledglings at the Roseland site. With the population showing every sign of becoming established, this novel project to reintroduce a passerine in Europe has so far been a great success.

Cirl bunting singing from branch

RSPB Saltholme expands thanks to Sembcorp

19 November 2014

The RSPB is celebrating as one of its nature reserves, RSPB Saltholme, is expanding after taking over management of an additional six hectares of land opposite the reserve.

RSPB Saltholme nature reserve, Transporter Bridge in background

Slithery snakes and legless lizards to join RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2015

19 November 2014

More than half a million people are expected to watch and count their garden birds for this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch in January, with some surprising new creatures on the list among our feathered friends too.

Slow-worm

RSPB commends Environment Agency for protecting rare Broads wildlife

17 November 2014

RSPB welcomes Environment Agency's decision to block renewal of water abstraction licences that threatened rare wildlife at internationally important wetlands

Sutton Fen

Christmas woodland wonderland

14 November 2014

In the magical run-up to Christmas, RSPB Coombes Valley is giving visitors the chance to celebrate the festive season in a woodland wonderland.

Close up fallen leaves in autumn, Nagshead RSPB reserve

The time to save the hen harrier is now

13 November 2014

The RSPB is today urging Defra to publish the workable elements of the Hen Harrier Action Plan, which the Society believes could bring about the recovery of one of England’s most beleaguered birds of prey.

Hen harrier adult female in flight, hunting, Loch Gruinart

Plant a tree this winter and help give nature a home

12 November 2014

Staff and volunteers from the Eastern Moors Partnership are joining forces with conservation groups, university students and primary school pupils to help with the tall task of planting 18,000 trees on the Eastern Moors over the next three years - and more help is needed.

Sessile oak tree

Great news for migratory birds as two historic global agreements are reached to help save them

10 November 2014

The Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) has agreed a set of guidelines to tackle causes of poisoning and ratified a groundbreaking Action Plan to save more than 400 bird species.

Male turtle dove singing

As Monty mania sweeps the nation, the UK remains number one for Penguins

7 November 2014

UK is the world’s number one penguin nation, with more penguins under the nation’s jurisdiction than any other county on earth

King penguins

Fuelling a recycling revolution

7 November 2014

A biomass demonstration by the RSPB in Kent will show how to turn unused heathland material in the countryside into energy

Pisten Bully harvesting biomass

RSPB reinforces challenge to shooting community after Norfolk gamekeeper sentenced

6 November 2014

Norfolk gamekeeper handed 10-week suspended sentence for killing 11 birds of prey

Poisoned buzzards

Spotty spiders and shiny butterflies boosted by RSPB conservation efforts

5 November 2014

A spider that looks like a ladybird, a plant that resembles plaited hair and a 'greasy' butterfly have been among the conservation success stories on RSPB nature reserves this year.

Ladybird spider

Discover the wildlife stars of Autumnwatch in wonderful Morecambe Bay

4 November 2014

Millions of people discovered the beauty and wildlife of RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay recently, when it was featured on popular television show BBC Autumnwatch.

Cyclist looking at information board, RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve

Sweet news for London’s pollinators

4 November 2014

A north-south line of nectar rich greenspace is being created through London to benefit pollinators, birds and Londoners.

Bee

Have a nature-friendly bonfire night, says the RSPB

3 November 2014

The RSPB is encouraging everyone to remember wildlife when planning bonfires and firework displays this weekend.

Hedgehog foraging in leaves

RSPB issues challenge to shooting community as illegal bird of prey killing continues in the Midlands

31 October 2014

Illegal persecution continues to deprive the UK countryside of our native birds of prey and the RSPB is challenging leaders in the shooting community to acknowledge this and taken real action to stop the killing.

Deadperegrine

Nene Valley Nature Fest

31 October 2014

On Saturday 8 November and Sunday 9 November, the RSPB and the Bedford, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust are welcoming visitors for a weekend of nature events to celebrate the importance of the Nene Valley Nature Improvement Area (NIA).

Walking boots on footpath

Embrace spiders this Halloween - the real nightmare would be a world without them

31 October 2014

Embrace spiders instead of running scared of them this Halloween

Garden spider

Bird Atlas team scoop RSPB’s most prestigious award

30 October 2014

The RSPB has awarded the team behind the latest bird atlas for Britain and Ireland with the RSPB Medal, for their outstanding contribution to conservation

RSPB medal winners

RSPB issues challenge to shooting community as illegal bird of prey killing continues in Yorkshire

30 October 2014

Illegal persecution continues to deprive the Yorkshire countryside of our native birds of prey and the RSPB is challenging leaders in the shooting community to acknowledge this and take real action to stop the killing.

Deadperegrine

RSPB issues challenge to shooting community as illegal bird of prey killing continues in North East

30 October 2014

Illegal persecution continues to deprive the North East countryside of our native birds of prey and the RSPB is challenging leaders in the shooting community to acknowledge this and take real action to stop the killing.

Red kite over mountains

RSPB issues challenge to shooting community as illegal bird of prey killing continues in Lancashire

30 October 2014

Illegal persecution continues to deprive the Lancashire countryside of our native birds of prey and the RSPB is challenging leaders in the shooting community to acknowledge this and take real action to stop the killing.

Buzzard landing on ground

A challenge to the shooting community as illegal bird of prey killing continues

30 October 2014

The RSPB issues a fresh challenge to the shooting community as the 2013 Birdcrime report shows illegal persecution continues

Red kite - poisoned

RSPB issues challenge to shooting community as illegal bird of prey killing continues

30 October 2014

Illegal persecution continues to deprive the UK countryside of our native birds of prey and the RSPB is challenging leaders in the shooting community to acknowledge this and taken real action to stop the killing.

Deadperegrine

RSPB issues challenge to shooting community as illegal bird of prey killing continues in Cumbria

30 October 2014

Illegal persecution continues to deprive the Cumbria countryside of our native birds of prey and the RSPB is challenging leaders in the shooting community to acknowledge this and take real action to stop the killing.

Buzzard taking off

Act for Nature: Calls for new law to support recovery of nature and improve people's wellbeing

29 October 2014

Charities are today challenging political parties to act for nature.

Landscape view across lake at first light, blue clear sky, Lake Vyrnwy

RSPB volunteer helps contractors kick start Bempton Cliffs’ development

28 October 2014

A Flamborough-based volunteer helped the RSPB start the redevelopment of its Bempton Cliffs nature reserve, when she joined newly appointed contractors, Kemp Developments Ltd, to break the first piece of ground.

Looking north from Bempton Cliffs

The race to save the turtle dove

24 October 2014

Wildlife enthusiast Tristan Reid is going the extra mile to help support the effort to save one of England’s most threatened birds, the turtle dove.

Turtle dove in flight

Breaking ground at local nature reserve

24 October 2014

Staff and volunteers at RSPB Sandwell Valley are eagerly anticipating the rumble of heavy machinery as builders finally arrive on site to begin construction of the new centre.

Sandwell Valley visitor centre damaged by fire

Dredging up Trouble: Government urged to resist playing politics over winter flood measures

24 October 2014

Potentially environmentally-damaging dredging must not be prioritized over other proven flood-prevention measures is the warning to the Government by Blueprint for Water.

Aerial shot of Medmerry

South east’s migratory birds wintering in Africa face steep declines

23 October 2014

Migratory species from the south east who fly south for winter are dropping sharply in numbers, a new report by the RSPB and partners has revealed.

Flying swift

RSPB Cymru bring an early festive feel to the Darwin Centre

23 October 2014

RSPB Cymru is again opening its Christmas pop-up shop in the Darwin Centre in Shrewsbury this October, so if you’re stuck for Christmas gift ideas why not pop in for a visit and see what you’ll find.

Hedgehog coming through fence tunnel

Bad news for farmland birds

23 October 2014

The RSPB calls for Defra to make "every pound count" in a new wildlife-friendly farm scheme as official figures reveal huge drop in farmland bird numbers.

Profile of turtle dove

Conviction for English egg collector who ‘exported’ crimes to Bulgaria

22 October 2014

English egg collector who 'exported' crime to Bulgaria convicted

Bulgaria seized eggs

Conviction for English egg collector who ‘exported’ crimes to Bulgaria

22 October 2014

An English egg collector has been handed a six month prison sentence, suspended for three years, and a 5000 Lev (£2024) fine after pleading guilty to the illegal possession of 16 birds’ eggs and three taxidermy specimens by a court in Burgas, Bulgaria.

Bulgaria seized eggs

Hen harriers for LIFE - first cross-border project launched to save rare bird of prey

22 October 2014

An exciting new European Union-supported project aims to achieve a secure and sustainable future for one of our most threatened birds of prey, the hen harrier.

Male hen harrier hunting along coastline

Growing support to save the Peak District’s upland peatlands

22 October 2014

A range of organisations including local councils and wildlife groups are backing an RSPB campaign to bring about the end of burning on deep peat, a harmful practice that is destroying parts of the Peak District.

Round-leaved sundew, Drosera rotundifolia

Discover the dark side of RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands this Halloween

22 October 2014

There are spooky goings-on at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands this half term, with lots of Halloween fun for families to enjoy.

Halloween lantern at Fairburn Ings

Hen Harriers for LIFE

22 October 2014

A new EU project aims to secure the future of one of our most threatened birds of prey: the hen harrier.

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

Things that go bump in the valley...

21 October 2014

Sunday 26 October sees the return of ghosts to RSPB Sandwell Valley as the nature reserve opens its doors to spook visitors on the annual Halloween Howls.

Hedgehog foraging in leaves

Don’t put dredging ahead of other flood-prevention measures

21 October 2014

Conservationists are urging Government not to put dredging ahead of other flood-prevention measures

When the Great Ouse burst its banks

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