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Build a home for nature at Fairhaven Lake - Ribble Discovery Center

27 September 2016

With the nights drawing in, the RSPB and Friends of Fairhaven Lake group are teaming up for a special ‘Winter Homes’ event and are inviting visitors along to help give nature a lakeside home.

Fairhaven Lake, Lytham

RSPB and local farmers work together to save the curlew

27 September 2016

Pilot project to improve habitat of threatened wading birds completed

Curlew profile

RSPB submits plans for new visitor centre at Sherwood Forest

27 September 2016

RSPB-led consortium submits planning application to Newark and Sherwood District Council for a new visitor centre at Sherwood Forest.

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Ringing the reedlings – another successful year for special birds at RSPB Leighton Moss

26 September 2016

Autumn is certainly on its way and at RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve in Silverdale, that means some of its most secretive residents – the bearded reedlings, are coming out of hiding, offering visitors a greater chance of spotting these elusive birds.

Male bearded tit hiding in reedbed

Red Deer rutting on the Eastern Moors

26 September 2016

As the red deer rutting season approaches, the team on the Eastern Moors in the Peak District is busy planning an array of exciting and engaging activities to help visitors get a closer look.

Red deer

Prepare for an awesome autumn spectacle on the Dee Estuary

23 September 2016

As summer draws to a close, the Dee Estuary enters arguably its most exciting time of year due to the arrival of vast flocks of birds returning from their Arctic breeding grounds. The RSPB is inviting visitors to take part in a series of events across their Dee Estuary nature reserve to share some of the most impressive natural spectacles in this region.

Black-tailed godwit in flight

Heritage Lottery Fund grant gives nature a home in Cambridgeshire

21 September 2016

A £120,000 project to provide new homes for nature is nearing completion at RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes, in Cambridgeshire.

Sunset at RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes nature reserve

Wildlife charities welcome decision that protects rare Broads wildlife

21 September 2016

Butterfly Conservation, Plantlife, and the RSPB welcome decision to end water abstraction that threatened wildlife at Catfield Fen nature reserve.

Sutton Fen with waterlilies in foreground

Oxford to become England’s first ‘Swift City’

16 September 2016

The RSPB and its partners were granted £83,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a new Oxford ‘Swift City’.

Flying swift

RSPB seeks passionate wildlife lovers to inspire the next generation in Norwich and Norfolk

16 September 2016

The RSPB has launched a search for volunteers to help children from Norfolk schools develop a passion for wildlife.

Field teacher with children at mud dipping event, Ribble Estuary

Public poll to choose name for satellite tagged dove ends this Sunday

8 September 2016

People have the chance to vote to name one of six satellite tagged turtle doves, but hurry - polls close Sunday!

Help children in Newcastle and Gateshead discover the wonder of nature

8 September 2016

The RSPB is calling on nature lovers to help inspire children about wildlife as part of an ambitious schools nature project in Newcastle and Gateshead.

Children identifying wildflowers in school grounds

Help children in Greater Manchester discover the wonder of nature

8 September 2016

The RSPB is calling on nature lovers to help inspire children about wildlife as part of an ambitious schools nature project in Greater Manchester.

Children identifying wildflowers in school grounds

Help children in Leeds and Bradford discover the wonder of nature

8 September 2016

The RSPB is calling on nature lovers to help inspire children about wildlife as part of an ambitious schools nature project in Leeds and Bradford.

Children identifying wildflowers in school grounds

Help children in Liverpool discover the wonder of nature

8 September 2016

The RSPB is calling on nature lovers to help inspire children about wildlife as part of an ambitious schools nature project in Liverpool.

Children identifying wildflowers in school grounds

Grannys Bay gets set to welcome autumn arrivals

7 September 2016

The Ribble estuary is set to welcome back quarter of a million birds this autumn and the RSPB are running a series of special guided walks in Grannys Bay to showcase the sights and sounds of this natural spectacle.

Pink-footed goose flock taking flight

Turtle doves will reveal migration secrets

30 August 2016

Six turtle doves are being satellite tracked from their breeding grounds in the UK to their wintering grounds in West Africa, to help scientists better understand why numbers are crashing so rapidly.

RSPB given exciting new role in Budby South Forest

25 August 2016

The RSPB will now take on an important new role in the management of Budby South Forest from 1 August.

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Respite for Countryside Stewardship opens window of opportunity for farmers to come to turtle doves’ rescue

24 August 2016

Operation Turtle Dove is urging farmers to apply for Countryside Stewardship agreements to help the UK’s fastest declining bird

Pair of turtle doves foraging

Rare cranes fledge in view of passing commuters

22 August 2016

For the second year running, two pairs of cranes have successfully raised three crane chicks between them at Lakenheath Fen.

Pair of cranes

Puffins up for grabs at RSPB Bempton Cliffs

22 August 2016

During August Bank Holiday weekend, visitors to RSPB Bempton Cliffs will be given a chance to ‘hook-a-puffin’, in a twist on the traditional fairground game, at the nature reserve’s summer fete.

Young boy visiting Bempton Cliffs

Best conservation charity for families

18 August 2016

We aim to offer the best outdoor experience. If you agree, please vote for us in Family Traveller Magazine's awards.

Children bug hunting at RSPB Rye Meads

Building new homes for swifts and communities

17 August 2016

Swift numbers have almost halved in twenty years and new nesting boxes are needed to help numbers recover as they return to the UK to breed every summer

Swifts flying at low level over rooftops

Hornsea offshore wind farm decision devastating for iconic seabirds

16 August 2016

The RSPB is deeply concerned that the Secretary of State’s decision to approve the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm will lead to the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of globally important seabirds.

Pair of gannets displaying at nest

Funder's latest contribution to Rainham Marshes nature reserve ensures the sites’ attractions will grow for future generations

10 August 2016

Veolia North Thames Trust funding accelerates improvements at Rainham Marshes nature reserve, benefiting nature, local communities and visitors.

Sally Miller from Veolia North Thames Trust tests the electric fence, flanked by (left to right) warden Nicole Khan, RSPB SE Director Chris Corrigan and Neil Fuller, from NE and a VNTT trustee

RSPB & Eurotunnel giving you a natural start to your holiday

9 August 2016

Off to Europe via Eurotunnel? Say Hi to our team at the Le Shuttle Terminal and try our family activities.

UK first as experts use GPS to keep tabs on elusive stone-curlews

8 August 2016

Ground-breaking research carried out in East Anglia uses GPS tracking technology to shed light on rare bird behaviour

Stone curlew

Tern up for a seabird spectacle at RSPB Point of Ayr

8 August 2016

One of Britain’s most threatened seabirds, the little tern, has successfully nested at the Point of Ayr on the RSPB Dee Estuary nature reserve for the second year running.

Little tern at nest, stretching wings

Batty adventures at RSPB Leighton Moss

8 August 2016

To finish off a summer of night-time adventures at RSPB Leighton Moss, visitors are invited to take part in a special bat themed walk from 7-9.15 pm on Saturday 26 August.

Bat catching moth

Pupils uncover surprise species at Saltholme

7 August 2016

Young scientists have discovered a new beetle at RSPB Saltholme, never before seen on the nature reserve.

Hen Harrier event at RSPB reserve calls for action to save Hen Harriers

4 August 2016

The UK's down to three active hen harrier nests. We're calling for urgent action to stamp out illegal persecution.

Chris Packham

Last chance to see Bassenthwaite ospreys up-close

2 August 2016

Visitors to Bassenthwaite have just a few weeks left to get up close to the lake’s popular family of ospreys.

Adult male osprey in flight, Scotland

Celebrate the wonderful wildlife of RSPB Hodbarrow

1 August 2016

A special family fun day at RSPB Hodbarrow is set to be held this month and visitors are invited to join in the celebrations.

Seven-spot ladybird on Spanish bluebell

Go wild this summer at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands

1 August 2016

Visitors are invited to a summer of wild activities at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands.

Juvenile black-tailed godwits on estuary

UK gardens alive with wildlife after dark thanks to warm July nights

28 July 2016

Warm July nights have lead to an explosion of wildlife in UK gardens

Big Wild Sleepout at Titchwell

Wensum Junior School celebrates wildlife partnership anniversary

26 July 2016

Wensum Junior School has helped to celebrate the first anniversary of an educational partnership between Aldi supermarket and the RSPB by turning its grounds into a wildlife haven.

Adventures galore at RSPB Leighton Moss this summer

25 July 2016

‘Nature Up-close’ is a special microscope event which provides visitors with the chance to get up-close and personal with some of the special wildlife at Leighton Moss. Drop-in sessions take place on Wednesday 3 and 17 August, between 1-3 pm.

RSPB Rye Meads, family triathlon event, visitors bug hunting

Local artist’s exhibition to be held at RSPB Geltsdale

22 July 2016

Christina Hargraves is set to show her latest exhibition ‘Meadows’ at RSPB Geltsdale and visitors are invited to see her work in the gallery space at the Hallbankgate nature reserve.

Heather moor at Geltsdale

Wildlife of West Canvey Marsh to get new homes as part of £250k Thames Estuary wetland project

22 July 2016

Wildlife of West Canvey Marsh to get new homes as part of £250k Thames Estuary wetland project

Bowers Marsh from the air

One year on: Partnership sees Aldi donate over three quarters of a million pounds to RSPB

21 July 2016

Partnership sees Aldi donate over three quarters of a million pounds to RSPB

Family at Rye Meads nature reserve

Get on your bike at RSPB Strumpshaw Fen

20 July 2016

From this Saturday, visitors to RSPB Strumpshaw Fen nature reserve will be able to hire one of twelve new bikes to explore the wildlife of the Broads.

Reedbed at Strumpshaw Fen reserve

Free wild fun for Norwich families

18 July 2016

This summer, the RSPB is coming to the aid of parents hoping to keep their family entertained by offering free wildlife activities throughout parks in Norwich.

Lewis, Ryan and Justin

Last chance to see Malham peregrines up close

18 July 2016

Visitors to Malham have just two weeks left to get up close to the Cove’s popular pair of peregrine falcons.

Adult peregrine in flight

Operation Turtle Dove renews appeal for help to save species

13 July 2016

Operation Turtle Dove has renewed its appeal for help to save species in light of evidence of continuing decline

Male turtle dove singing

Say ‘smile’ to a butterfly and gawp at a gannet this summer at Bempton Cliffs

13 July 2016

Nature-loving kids in East Yorkshire will be kept busy all summer long at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, with cameras and critters, microscopic discovery and summer fete fun.

Girl taking photo

Rare seabird success on Norfolk Coast

12 July 2016

This summer, Norfolk has become home to the largest UK breeding colony of little terns, a rare seabird which travels from West Africa to breed on the UK coast each year.

Little tern at nest, stretching wings

Butterfly reintroduction project reaches new milestone

12 July 2016

Butterfly reintroduction project reaches new milestone

Glorious Gannets Cruises from Bridlington Harbour

11 July 2016

Next Saturday, 16 July, sees the start of the RSPB's Glorious Gannets Cruises: a unique opportunity for visitors to the East Yorkshire coast to get a front row seat in a spectacular seabird arena, underneath the 400-feet high chalk cliffs of Bempton and Flamborough Head.

Gannetry, Bass Rock

RSPB-led consortium presents plans for new Sherwood Forest visitor centre

11 July 2016

The RSPB-led consortium will be hosting a drop-in session to showcase plans for the proposed new Sherwood Forest visitor centre at Forest Corne

Great tit sitting in magnolia tree

RSPB in North Pennines seek cause of moorland bird decline

11 July 2016

The RSPB has fitted whinchats at the nature conservation organisation’s Geltsdale reserve with special tracking devices in an attempt to discover why these migrant birds are in serious decline.

Male whinchat on fencepost

Wild and Woolly at RSPB Saltholme

6 July 2016

Kick-off the summer holidays in style at Saltholme’s Woolly Weekend, 16 & 17 July.

Young lambs lying on grass

Celebrate the magical marshlands of RSPB Blacktoft Sands

6 July 2016

The annual open day of RSPB Blacktoft Sands is set to be held on Sunday 10 July and members of the general public are invited to join in the celebrations.

Roe deer portrait

Last chance to see Manchester peregrines up close

4 July 2016

Visitors to Manchester city centre have just two weeks left to get up close to the cities’ popular pair of peregrine falcons

Peregrine falcon in flight over Manchester city centre

Clean bill of health for Bassenthwaite osprey chick

1 July 2016

The future is looking bright for the famous osprey chick at Bassenthwaite Lake, following a recent health check.

The 2004 Lake District osprey chick

Night skies awarded star status

28 June 2016

Two RSPB reserves are the first in England to benefit from a special international award recognising the high quality of their starry night skies.

Big Wild Sleepout at Titchwell

Hen harriers breed at RSPB Geltsdale

27 June 2016

A pair of rare hen harriers are breeding at RSPB Geltsdale, the nature conservation charity can reveal.

Female hen harrier flying low

Discover meadows, wings & pretty things at Eastern Moors

27 June 2016

With National Meadows Day just around the corner, the Eastern Moors Partnership are hosting ‘Meadows, Wings and Pretty Things’, a special event in celebration of ancient wildflower meadows and the wildlife that calls them home.

Summer wildflowers in long grass

Taking to the sky – young marsh harriers amaze at RSPB Leighton Moss

27 June 2016

Summer is well underway at RSPB Leighton Moss with the emergence of some very special residents – the first young marsh harriers of the season have taken to the skies and visitors are invited to watch them in action.

Juvenile marsh harrier in flight

Haringey pupils fired-up by brave journey of the little phalarope

27 June 2016

Haringey pupils have been inspired and impressed by the brave annual migration of Scotland's phalaropes to Peru and back.

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