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European bird protection law saves threatened species

29 July 2015

New research shows that the Birds Directive - one of the laws set to be reviewed by the European Union - has had a huge impact in protecting Europe’s most threatened bird species.

Cranes dancing and calling

International team fits satellite tags to keep tabs on UK’s rarest raptors

28 July 2015

Conservationists fit satellite tags to three Montagu’s harriers in East Anglia to learn about our rarest breeding bird of prey.

Female Montagu's harrier in flight

Osprey returns home to the Lakes after 10,000 mile journey

28 July 2015

A male osprey which hatched in the Lake District in 2013 has returned home – after an epic 10,000 mile journey crossing 30 countries.

Osprey carrying trout

Shark invasion at Medmerry

27 July 2015

Amazing video shows fifty-plus smoothhound sharks thrashing around in shallow water at our new Medmerry nature reserve in West Sussex.

Aerial shot of Medmerry

‘Shearwater’ theatre performance lands at RSPB Bempton Cliffs

24 July 2015

An exclusive performance of a two-man show will take place at the new seabird centre at Bempton Cliffs from 7.30 pm on the 31 July.

Manx shearwater skimming the waves

Wytham Woods celebrate a big wild night out

23 July 2015

On August 8, the RSPB and Oxford University will be welcoming families to camp under the stars and discover what really goes bump in the night at Oxford University’s famous wild woods as part of the annual RSPB Big Wild Sleepout.

BWSO - hero

Excitement mounts as nature reserve gears up to open brand new visitor centre with a Wildlife Festival

23 July 2015

From 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday 2 August, RSPB Sandwell Valley is inviting families for a special celebration; after a five year wait the brand new visitor centre, Nature’s Reach, will be opening its doors and hosting a Wildlife Festival like no other.

Bushcraft challenge

Get creative this summer and help to build homes for wildlife at RSPB Marshside

22 July 2015

Fancy helping to give nature a home this summer holiday? Then why not join one of the Giving Nature a Home events at RSPB Marshside for family-fun and wildlife activities

Boy and frog

The matchbox challenge is on at Coombes Valley!

22 July 2015

RSPB Coombes Valley nature reserve, near Leek, kicked off its matchbox challenge yesterday, a self-led series of events held throughout the Summer holidays, exploring the beauty of the smaller things in life.

Woodland at Coombes Valley

Our uplands are becoming a burning issue

21 July 2015

The management of our uplands has become a burning issue, as a new scientific paper reveals.

Dunlin with summer plumage in grass

RSPB-led study reveals extent of upland burning across Britain

21 July 2015

A new study led by the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science has revealed the extent of moorland burning across Britain’s upland areas

Male red grouse

Celebrate summer with RSPB Saltholme

17 July 2015

This weekend RSPB Saltholme, near Stockton-on-Tees, is kicking off a summer season filled with family fun.

Lewis, Ryan and Justin

A something-for-everyone summer at RSPB Bempton Cliffs

17 July 2015

The first summer at the new seabird centre at RSPB Bempton Cliffs promises to be full wonderful ways to while away the long sunny days.

Junior school children taking part in field teaching activities

Call for budding wildlife explorers to join a Saltmarsh Safari this summer

16 July 2015

Ever wondered what creatures lurk in the saltmarsh at RSPB Marshside? This summer holiday, it’s the perfect time to find out by joining the RSPB for a Saltmarsh Safari adventure.

Boy using bug viewer at Newport Wetlands centre

Three is the magic number for Lakenheath cranes: rare birds fledge three young in best year yet at reserve

16 July 2015

RSPB Lakenheath Fen celebrates as two pairs of cranes fledge record three young in reserve's twentieth anniversary year.

Pair of cranes

Valley tots

15 July 2015

RSPB Coombes Valley nature reserve, near Leek, is launching an exciting new series of events for parents and toddlers called Valley tots. The dates for the sessions are 20 July, 17 August, 21 September and 19 October, running from 1.30 pm – 3 pm

Wild Place Your Space image

Cut back on cutting back

15 July 2015

RSPB encourages people to Give Nature a Home this summer by allowing gardens to grow

Female blackbird

Redrawing the Essex shoreline to give coastal nature a home

13 July 2015

With the help of our partner - Crossrail - we're providing a major boost to wetland wildlife

Aerial view of Wallasea

Neil Mabon wins the Sandwell Valley photo competition

10 July 2015

More than 50 pictures have been posted in the RSPB Birmingham, Black Country & Warwickshire Facebook site.

Panorama from visitor centre, Sandwell Valley

Saltholme’s flock get a ‘close shave’ at sheep shearing event

10 July 2015

Staff and volunteers at RSPB Saltholme, a nature reserve just outside Stockton-on-tees, are inviting the public along to a weekend of good old fashioned countryside fun, as their flock of Shetland sheep get their annual haircu

Young lambs lying on grass

RSPB Leighton Moss reaches new heights

10 July 2015

A brand new elevated viewing platform known as the ‘Skytower’ has been installed at RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve and visitors are being invited to come and experience this bird’s-eye view of the site.

Aerial shot of Leighton Moss

All clear for Lakes osprey chicks

7 July 2015

The future is looking bright for the latest pair of Lakes osprey chicks after they passed a health check with flying colours.

Mallachie about to be returned to nest

Celebrate with Skydancer in Cumbria

7 July 2015

The RSPB is hosting a special event in Cumbria to celebrate the success of Skydancer, an award-winning project aimed at promoting the conservation of hen harriers, England’s most threatened breeding bird of prey.

Children taking part in Skydancer activities

Celebrate with Skydancer in Lancashire

7 July 2015

The RSPB is hosting a special event in Lancashire to celebrate the success of Skydancer, an award-winning project aimed at promoting the conservation of hen harriers, England’s most threatened breeding bird of prey.

Children taking part in Skydancer activities

Record-breaking bird settles into new home at RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh

7 July 2015

It’s smiles all round for staff and volunteers at RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh after efforts to create a safe home for a record-breaking bird have proven to be successful.

Arctic tern flying against bright blue sky

Spend a night under the stars in West Yorkshire and show your support for nature

6 July 2015

Thousands of people in West Yorkshire are being encouraged to spend a night in nature’s home next month by taking part in the RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout.

Big Wild Sleepout - 2014 sign

Spend a night under the stars in Cumbria and show your support for nature

6 July 2015

Thousands of people in Cumbria are being encouraged to spend a night in nature’s home next month by taking part in the RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout

Big Wild Sleepout at Titchwell

New farm wildlife grant scheme open to farmers in Bowland

6 July 2015

Nature conservation charity, the RSPB, is looking for farmers in the Forest of Bowland who are looking for support to help wildlife thrive on their land.

Curlew sitting in grassy field

One great turn yields 100 great terns!

3 July 2015

Nest boxes aren't just for garden birds, see how we're using them to protect the UK's rarest nesting seabird

Roseate terns on nest boxes

Coquet Island reaches 100

3 July 2015

The UK’s rarest breeding seabird, the roseate tern, is enjoying a bumper breeding season on RSPB Coquet Island with a hundred pairs currently nesting at the Northumberland site.

Roseate tern pair performing courtship display

Bempton Cliffs welcomes its youngest volunteer

2 July 2015

There can’t be many seven year old girls who prefer bird song to the songs of One Direction but then Gracie Mae Mortimer is quite unusual.

Looking north from Bempton Cliffs

Shot peregrine falcon found in County Durham

2 July 2015

Durham police and the RSPB have launched an appeal for information after a peregrine falcon was found shot in Bishop Middleham, County Durham last month

Adult peregrine in flight

RSPB response to Committee on Climate Change report: Wildlife must not be overlooked

30 June 2015

RSPB urge Government not to overlook wildlife in their response to climate change

Moorland managed for grouse shooting

Celebrate with Skydancer in Northumberland

30 June 2015

The RSPB is hosting a special event in Northumberland to celebrate the success of Skydancer, an award-winning project aimed at promoting the conservation of hen harriers, England’s most threatened breeding bird of prey.

Children taking part in Skydancer activities

Avocet chicks delight visitors to RSPB Fairburn Ings

26 June 2015

Visitors at RSPB Fairburn Ings are currently being treated to fantastic, close-up (and very cute) sights of avocet chicks.

Avocet kneeling, allowing chicks to find shelter under wing

How do you count a quarter-of-a-million seabirds at Bempton Cliffs?

26 June 2015

That’s the question BBC 1’s Countryfile presenter, Ellie Harrison, asked the seabird monitoring team at RSPB Bempton Cliffs earlier this month and their explanation was featured in the broadcast on Sunday 21 June.

Kittiwake in flight

Now is the time to strengthen seabird protection, says RSPB

25 June 2015

Now is the time to increase seabird protection to counter ever increasing threats

Puffins on Isle of May nature reserve

Now is the time to strengthen seabird protection, say RSPB

25 June 2015

One of the UK’s largest seabird colonies celebrates 150 years of protection this year and with an increasing number of threats facing seabird colonies in the UK, the RSPB is urging that the laws protecting them are strengthened.

Kittiwake pair displaying at nest

Heritage Lottery Fund brings new opportunities to RSPB

24 June 2015

The RSPB Blacktoft Sands reserve near Goole in East Yorkshire is now able to offer more volunteering opportunities to nature local lovers, due to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Male bearded tit feeding on reed head

Lakes tourist attraction helps to give nature a home with kind donation for RSPB

24 June 2015

A popular Lake District tourism business has once again helped the RSPB to give nature a home by raising more than £850 for the nature conservation charity.

Red deer

RSPB solves the migration mystery of UK’s fastest declining migrant bird

24 June 2015

The migration route of a UK breeding turtle dove has, for the first time, been revealed by the RSPB today. It's valuable data in the conservation fight to help save the species from UK extinction.

Turtle dove in flight

UK’s rarest bird of prey nests at RSPB Blacktoft Sands

22 June 2015

A pair of the UK’s rarest birds of prey have chosen RSPB Blacktoft Sands on the Humber to raise a family.

Male Montagu's harrier flying

Art project celebrates the natural wonders of the Nene Valley

18 June 2015

The Nene Valley, an RSPB Futurescape, a Nature Improvement Area (NIA) and a special site for nature and people, was awarded funding from Sciencewise ERC and Natural England to develop an inspirational art project with the help of the local community.

Walking boots on footpath

Boom times for bitterns

18 June 2015

The bittern - once extinct in Britain - has reached new heights

Bittern about to land in reedbed

From farmers to snowboarders, thousands take climate message to Westminster

17 June 2015

Thousands take a stand in the global fight against climate change

View of the Welsh coast

A spider rediscovered in Dorset, thanks to the web!

15 June 2015

Rare spider not seen in Britain since 1912 spotted in Dorset

Hyposinga heri

Harnessing the power of the Severn could provide renewable energy boost

9 June 2015

The Swansea Bay tidal lagoon could make an important contribution to the UK's renewable energy targets, but it must work in harmony with nature

Flock of dunlins

Fourth unexplained male hen harrier disappearance in Bowland

8 June 2015

Lancashire Police and the RSPB are appealing for any information on bird which had nest.

Male hen harrier in flight carrying twigs

West Country seabirds top list of most threatened EU birds

3 June 2015

Puffin, fulmar, kittiwake and Balearic shearwater all listed as endangered and vulnerable in new “red” list of European birds

Balearic shearwater in flight

One fifth of Europe's birds face the threat of extinction

3 June 2015

A new assessment of European birds has revealed that nearly one fifth (18 per cent) are at risk of extinction across the European Union. The main threats? Habitat loss, climate change and increasingly intensive farming.

Puffin carrying sandeels in bill

RSPB partner with supermarket Aldi to connect more than half a million children with nature

3 June 2015

The partnership forms part of Aldi’s 25th anniversary celebrations and will see carrier bag profits donated to the RSPB. In the Midlands; Birmingham and Black Country children are already getting close to nature thanks to the partnership scheme.

Girls animal tracking at Rye Meads

Bags for life become bags for wildlife

2 June 2015

We've teamed up with supermarket chain Aldi to help get children back in touch with nature.

Girls animal tracking at Rye Meads

Male hen harrier disappears from Cumbrian nest

2 June 2015

Four male hen harriers have disappeared this summer in England while away from their nests

Male hen harrier in flight, with prey

RSPB offers swift service to UK Local Authorities

29 May 2015

RSPB offers swift advice to UK Local Authorities

Swifts flying at low level over rooftops

Let's keep to the bee line

22 May 2015

The Bee Coalition has reacted with dismay to news that the National Farmers' Union is attempting to sidestep an EU ban on neonicotinoids, pesticides known to be harmful to bees.

Queen short-haired bumblebee on clover

Mark makes it back, but where are his mates?

20 May 2015

RSPB encourages people to keep a look out for UK's rarest breeding bird of prey

Releasing Mark

RSPB staff campaign for better wheelchair access to British countryside

15 May 2015

The RSPB's Roy Taylor begins his 68 mile Trans Pennine Trail challenge

Dearne Valley, general landscape views

Head behind the scenes at RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh and witness a wildlife spectacle

14 May 2015

There is a wonderful wildlife spectacle to witness on the Ribble Estuary as the breeding season gets underway.

Brown hare in green grass

Spectacular seabird spectacle at Preston Marina

14 May 2015

Hundreds of seabirds are arriving at Preston Marina for the breeding season after making the epic journey from West Africa.

Common tern nest at Preston Marina

Become a wildlife detective at RSPB Coombes Valley

14 May 2015

RSPB Coombes Valley, near Leek, is giving you the chance to learn all about our fascinating woodland wildlife by piecing together clues and becoming a wildlife detective.

Family in the woods

100 voluntary organisations unite to defend nature

14 May 2015

100 voluntary organisations across the UK have joined forces to call for the protection of Europe’s natural environment.

The River Lune

RSPB commend Environment Agency for protecting rare Broads wildlife

11 May 2015

The RSPB commends the Environment Agency’s decision to refuse two water abstraction licence renewal applications that were threatening rare wildlife.

Swallowtail butterfly on lilac

Call for budding designers to show their skills at RSPB’s Ribble Discovery Centre

8 May 2015

It’s time to pick up a pencil and get creative as staff at RSPB’s Ribble Discovery Centre launch a competition to find the best new designs for a popular badge making activity.

All aboard for RSPB Bempton Cliffs

8 May 2015

The train soon to be standing at Bempton railway station is the spring bank holiday, Puffin Special.

Aerial view of RSPB Bempton Cliffs nature reserve

Trio of threatened breeding birds of prey vanish in unexplained circumstances

8 May 2015

Three nesting male hen harriers have vanished in Lancashire in as many weeks in unexplained circumstances.

Male hen harrier in flight carrying twigs

Trio of threatened breeding birds of prey vanish

8 May 2015

Three nesting male hen harriers have vanished in Lancashire in as many weeks, in unexplained circumstances.

Male hen harrier in flight carrying twigs

New footbridge across the Tame brings people closer to nature

8 May 2015

On Thursday 14 May, Hanson Aggregates, Staffordshire County Council and RSPB will be joining forces to officially open a new footbridge across the River Tame south of Tamworth, within Middleton Lakes RSPB Nature Reserve.

Splashing in a puddle

Suffolk coast to get new home for wetland wildlife

7 May 2015

Suffolk coast wetland nature reserve expansion will help create “network of homes for wildlife” in Suffolk landscape

Female lapwing in rushy pasture, Northumberland

Bats above Froggatt Edge

5 May 2015

Join the Eastern Moors Bats above Froggatt Edge, on Saturday 30 May and find out all there is to know about the mysterious night-time creature, the bat.

Pipistrelle in flight at night

A prickle of hedgehogs and a scurry of squirrels among garden wildlife secrets

28 April 2015

RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch reinforces importance of gardens to wildlife in the Midlands.

Hedgehog foraging in leaves

A prickle of hedgehogs and a scurry of squirrels among garden wildlife secrets

28 April 2015

Hedgehog, squirrel and deer garden visits revealed in RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch

Foraging hedgehog

‘Flying start’ to see Coombes Valley’s spring stars

24 April 2015

RSPB Coombes Valley nature reserve, near Leek, is hosting a special fortnight to highlight some of their special spring stars on the reserve; pied flycatchers and redstarts.

Female pied flycatcher entering nestbox with food (taken from within nestbox)

Give nature a home with a helping hand from local nature

24 April 2015

On Sunday 26 April, RSPB Sandwell Valley will be inviting families to join them in the reserves wildlife garden to take part in lots of fun ‘hands on’ activities, all about attracting wildlife into gardens and green spaces.

Comma butterfly on verbena in garden at The Lodge

National construction company lends a helping hand to local nature reserve

22 April 2015

Workers from UK construction company, Cold Clad, were on hand recently to help out the RSPB at Sandwell Valley nature reserve near West Bromwich.

Visitors looking out over reserve, Sandwell Valley RSPB reserve

Nature groups join forces to benefit wildlife of river valleys in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

22 April 2015

Two of the largest nature organisations in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire are working together to protect important places for wildlife in the Upper Thames region.

Cetti's warbler

Fire at Farnham Heath nature reserve

22 April 2015

Fire has damaged part of our Farnham Heath reserve, setting conservation back ten to fifteen years.

Juvenile sand lizards - Farnham

New report highlights the value of the UK's wetlands

22 April 2015

BTO Wetland Bird Survey highlights importance of UK's wetlands

Flock of avocets on the Humber estuary

Delight as osprey pair return to Bassenthwaite for third season

21 April 2015

Not one, but two ospreys have returned to Bassenthwaite this year, sparking hopes for yet another successful year for the Lake District Osprey Project.

Osprey at Glaslyn with fish

Surprises in store on RSPB seabird cruise

20 April 2015

There’s no telling what magical moments you might experience aboard one of the unforgettable seabird cruises to RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Puffin with wings outstretched, about to land

London's garden bridge considers a greener option

14 April 2015

The developers behind London's Garden Bridge open discussions to explore ways to help pollinators cross the River Thames.

Garden Bridge

Starlight, star bright for UK’s wildlife

9 April 2015

RSPB challenges wildlife lovers to go back to basics with Big Wildl Sleepout 2015

Big Wild Sleepout at Titchwell

Sing a song of sixpence: Blackbirds top of the class again in RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch

1 April 2015

Starlings hang on to the second spot, but third place is taken for the first time by house sparrows in the world’s largest school wildlife survey.

Male blackbird sitting on grass

Easter start to peregrine falcon watch

1 April 2015

Visitors to Malham Cove this weekend will have an extra Easter treat – the chance to watch two peregrine falcons in action.

Adult peregrine at Malham

Gardeners of West Sussex control the future volume of the dawn chorus

26 March 2015

January’s Big Garden Birdwatch highlights the importance of West Sussex’s gardens to the future of house sparrows, starlings and blue tits.

Great tit

Surrey gardeners key to boosting threatened birds

26 March 2015

January’s Big Garden Birdwatch highlights the importance of Surrey’s gardens to the future of house sparrows, starlings and blue tits

Juvenile blue tit sitting in a bird bath

Gardeners of the garden of England key to birds’ recovery

26 March 2015

January’s Big Garden Birdwatch highlights the importance of Kent’s gardens to the future of house sparrows, starlings and blue tits

Blackbird behind flowers

Hampshire’s gardens are the new conservation front line

26 March 2015

January’s Big Garden Birdwatch highlights the importance of Hampshire’s gardens to the future of house sparrows, starlings and blue tits

Juvenile house sparrow profile

Birdwatch highlights the importance of East Sussex’s gardens for birds

26 March 2015

January’s Big Garden Birdwatch highlight the importance of East Sussex’s gardens to the future of house-sparrows, starlings and blue tits

Male house sparrow about to land

Berkshire’s gardens more important for birds than ever

26 March 2015

January’s Big Garden Birdwatch results highlight the importance of Berkshire’s gardens to the future of house-sparrows, starlings and blue tits

Blue tit finds nesting material

London’s gardens more important than ever

26 March 2015

London's Big Garden Birdwatch has highlighted the importance of private gardens to the future of some of our favourite birds.

House sparrows on feeder

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results: Fewer finches visiting our gardens

26 March 2015

But visits to gardens made by wrens, robins and blackbirds up from last year.

Male greenfinch perched on blossom

Sing a song of sixpence: Blackbirds top of the class again in RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch

26 March 2015

A record breaking year for Big Schools' Birdwatch

Male blackbird sitting on grass

The coast comes to life this Easter as Springwatch special comes to RSPB Bempton Cliffs

26 March 2015

BBC Springwatch at Easter returns to an RSPB reserve

Puffin with sandeels in beak

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results: fewer finches visiting our gardens

26 March 2015

The RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch was once again revealed some exciting and interesting changes among our most popular garden birds

Male greenfinch perched on blossom

Your Valley needs you!

24 March 2015

Staff at RSPB Sandwell Valley nature reserve are looking to the local community for help. Most people local to the reserve know by now that a brand new visitor centre, with the best views in the valley, will be opening this summer.

Artists participating in Silverdale and Arnside Art and Craft Trail

Eggy madness at Coombes Valley this Easter

20 March 2015

RSPB Coombes Valley Nature Reserve, near Leek, is hosting an Easter trail for the Easter holidays; it’s an opportunity for you and your family to come and discover woodland in a fun way.

Empty blackbird eggshell

UK Government's intention to create marine protected area around Pitcairn is 'visionary'

18 March 2015

The Government's intention to create a marine protected area around Pitcairn is a massive boost for wildlife conservation in the UK's Overseas Territories

Henderson petrel

Barratt Developments and the RSPB breathe (wild)life in to new build housing

18 March 2015

Partnership will demonstrate how to protect and enhance the biodiversity of development sites - benefitting the economy, creating employment and improving health and wellbeing.

Hedgehog sign

The search for skydancers sparks into life

18 March 2015

The RSPB re-launch the Hen Harrier Hotline to search for the rare birds

Female hen harrier in flight

BOB gets a vote from Westbourne Change Opinion

18 March 2015

The RSPB's Vote for Bob campaign long listed in Westbourne100 Change Opinion Awards

Bob at Westminster