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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

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

Volunteer for nature in Morecambe Bay

17 February 2014

Morecambe Bay is one of best places for nature in the UK with its limestone grasslands and woodlands boasting a rich variety of rare plants and animals.

Brown argus butterfly

Advice: Seabirds washed up on South West Beaches

14 February 2014

Every year and particularly in winter, some seabirds are washed up on beaches in south west England. This guidance issued to help people who come across such `beached’ birds and to assist with welfare and conservation responses as appropriate.

Guillemot with fish in bill

Meet the herons at The Mere

14 February 2014

As the heron breeding season gets started, the RSPB and Shropshire Wildlife Trust are inviting families to come and meet the herons at The Boathouse in Ellesmere on Sunday 23 February.

Grey herons at St Albans (Aren't birds brilliant!)

Fashion and feathers collide

14 February 2014

A number of big names from the British fashion industry, including Lancashire-born Wayne Hemingway, have come together to help save nature by putting their unique stamp on a nest box.

Wayne Hemmingway nest box

Fashion and feathers collide

14 February 2014

A number of big names from the British fashion industry, including Cheshire-born Stephen Jones OBE, have come together to help save nature by putting their unique stamp on a nest box.

Patrick Grant and Julien Macdonald

Fashion and feathers collide

14 February 2014

A number big names from the British fashion industry including Darlington-born Giles Deacon have come together to help save nature by putting their unique stamp on a nestbox.

Giles Deacon

Fashion and feathers collide

14 February 2014

Top British designers create stylish homes for nature during London Fashion Week.

Piers Atkinson

Getting fruity at Dove Stone

13 February 2014

RSPB staff and volunteers at Dove Stone, in the Peak District National Park, have been rolling up their shirt sleeves, despite the cold weather, to create a brand new habitat in the form of a new apple orchard.

Apple blossom

North Yorkshire gamekeeper convicted of wildlife crime

13 February 2014

A gamekeeper has been convicted of using an illegal trap on a shooting estate on two occasions.

Pole trap Ox Close plantation Swinton Estate

Pinpointing 50 golden years at RSPB Leighton Moss

13 February 2014

Visitors to RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve in Silverdale are invited to help the site celebrate 50 golden years of Giving Nature a Home, with the launch of a limited edition, gold, marsh harrier pin badge.

Limited edition marsh harrier pin badge

Norfolk appeal launched for information about shot buzzard

12 February 2014

Norfolk Police and the RSPB are appealing for information from the public after a buzzard was found injured having been shot in the Dereham area of Norfolk.

Buzzard perched on fence post, Wales

Life under the floods

11 February 2014

By now, we've all seen the devastating impact of the floods in Somerset. Our area manager Jane Brookhouse explains what life is like...

Building more homes for nature

11 February 2014

As a part of the National Nest Box Week, RSPB Sandwell Valley nature reserve will be hosting an event to build nest boxes for our wild residents on Sunday 16 February.

Starling hotel

Jaw-dropping wild guest visits garden during RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

11 February 2014

Two school children made an amazing discovery at their home in High Shincliffe near Durham as they took part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch last month.

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Skydancers enjoy safe haven at Blacktoft

11 February 2014

Visitors to the RSPB’s Blacktoft Sands nature reserve are being given the chance to see England’s most threatened bird of prey, the hen harrier.

Male hen harrier hunting along coastline

Volunteers needed for nature in South Cumbria

7 February 2014

A major conservation initiative in Morecambe Bay is inviting local nature lovers to take part in two special half-term volunteering events aimed at helping wildlife around Kendal.

Volunteers at a reserve work party enjoying a well earned break

Consensus on Somerset Levels’ future will underpin action on flooding

3 February 2014

A ‘Vision’ of what the Somerset Levels and Moors might look like in 2030, intended to guide water and land management policies over the years ahead, has been agreed by a Task Force set up last year to address the area’s problems.

Ditch at West Sedgemoor RSPB reserve, Somerset Levels, England

National poetry competition finds a winner!

3 February 2014

The RSPB and leading UK contemporary poetry magazine, The Rialto, have announced the winner of their second annual poetry competition.

Flying red kite

Minsmere nature reserve – the UK’s newest power station

3 February 2014

Conservationists and Government investigating how to create energy from the RSPB’s flagship reserve in Suffolk, at Minsmere.

Backlit reedbed at RSPB Minsmere

Cutting edge nature conservation at Blacktoft Sands

31 January 2014

A new state-of-the-art cutting machine is helping the RSPB to give wildlife a home in England’s largest tidal reedbed at Blacktoft Sands.

Bittern walking on cut reeds

County Durham investigation leads to conviction of three Swedish egg collectors

31 January 2014

An enquiry that started in County Durham in 2009 involving the collecting and trading of wild birds’ eggs, has led to the conviction of three Swedish egg collectors after a 23-day trial in the province of Ångermanland, in central Sweden.

Eggs seized from Gregory Wheal, convicted egg collector

Pupils in Lancashire prepare to join world’s biggest school wildlife survey

30 January 2014

Pupils at a Lancashire school are all ready to take part in the world’s biggest school wildlife survey – after receiving a special visit from the RSPB.

Boy with binoculars taking part in Big Schools' Birdwatch

Many hands make light work at Spurn Point

30 January 2014

Six team members from RSPB Bempton Cliffs made the journey to Spurn Point last week to join the massive clean-up operation in the wake of the recent flooding.

Flotsam and jetsam, sea-borne litter, on the tideline

Nature reserves - the UK’s newest power stations

29 January 2014

Conservationists are working with the Government to investigate how to create energy from nature reserves.

RSPB Ham Wall reserve, showing area of open water and reed

Ullswater steamers raise £600 to help give nature a home

28 January 2014

A popular Lake District tourist attraction has once again helped the RSPB to give nature a home by raising £600 for the nature conservation charity.

Red deer

Finding a more flood resilient future on the Levels for people and wildlife?

27 January 2014

The current floods are causing enormous distress to people living and working in communities such as Muchelney and Moorland, and have resulted in appalling damage to some homes and businesses. And being part of the Levels community ourselves, we share and understand their worries, their frustrations. It’s really tough at the moment.

General views of floodplain grassland, Greylake RSPB reserve

Time to witness a wildlife spectacle to remember at Parkgate

27 January 2014

Enjoy a date with nature at Parkgate this weekend and join the RSPB to experience one of the best wildlife spectacles in the region.

Grey heron stalking through water

Calling all budding young wildlife photographers to join RSPB competition

27 January 2014

The search is on for the next young wildlife photography star as the RSPB’s Ribble Discovery Centre launches its Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

Girl taking photo

Count the birds that are counting on you

26 January 2014

More than half a million people are expected to be watching their garden birds at the weekend (25-26 January), for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

Common frog

School bell rings to mark the start of world’s biggest school wildlife survey

26 January 2014

Big Schools’ Birdwatch 20 January-14 February 2014

Female blackbird bathing in bird bath

Wildlife charities calls for a flood-resilient future for the Somerset Levels

21 January 2014

The RSPB and the Somerset Wildlife Trust (SWT) have today called on MPs and others to press government and its agencies to develop a water management strategy for a more flood-resilient future on the Somerset Levels that benefits both people and wildlife. The wildlife charities have also expressed concern over calls for dredging.

Flooded meadows at the RSPB West Sedgemoor nature reserve

RSPB welcomes Special Protection Area extension proposal for Yorkshire coast

21 January 2014

The RSPB has welcomed the Government’s proposal to extend the Flamborough Head and Bempton Cliffs Special Protection Area (SPA) in recognition of the coast’s importance for breeding seabirds.

Razorbill, close up of head

RSPB welcomes proposal for new marine Special Protection Area in Cornwall

20 January 2014

The RSPB has welcomed today’s announcement that a new Special Protection Area (SPA) is to be proposed to acknowledge the importance for seabirds of the marine environment from Falmouth Bay to St Austell Bay in south Cornwall.

Black-throated diver on loch

School bell rings to mark the start of world’s biggest school wildlife survey

20 January 2014

From today, children across the UK will be taking part in the world’s biggest school wildlife survey.

Children doing Big Schools' Birdwatch

A date to celebrate the biggest wildlife survey

18 January 2014

The RSPB is inviting people to join them on a date to celebrate the biggest wildlife survey in the world on 18 January.

Juvenile blue tit sitting in a bird bath

RSPB agrees that UK Government is avoiding its responsibility toward nine out of ten British threatened wildlife species

16 January 2014

A cross-party group of MPs has today accused the Government of failing to adequately protect the globally-significant wildlife of the UK’s 14 Overseas Territories (UKOTs).

Henderson Fruit-dove

A Carnaby robin is for life, not just for Christmas

14 January 2014

Christmas robin decorations from Carnaby Street are being set free to decorate lives through-out 2014 in a RSPB fundraising giveaway.

Robin on flower pot

Little Garden Birdwatch joins Big Garden Birdwatch at RSPB Bempton Cliffs

13 January 2014

Join the world’s biggest garden wildlife survey, the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, at a very small event with a difference in one corner of Bridlington.

Model village

RSPB responds to fracking incentives announcement

13 January 2014

The RSPB has responded with concern to the announcement from David Cameron that councils will receive financial incentives to allow fracking in their areas

Fracking

Join sky watch event to celebrate RSPB Geltsdale’s Dark Sky status

13 January 2014

A sky watch event will take place at RSPB Geltsdale later this month to celebrate the reserve receiving Dark Sky Discovery Site status.

Cloudy sky at sunset, Strathspey, Scotland

Celebrate 50 years of giving nature a home at RSPB Leighton Moss

6 January 2014

It’s a year of celebration at RSPB Leighton Moss as the reserve marks its 50th anniversary with special events throughout 2014.

Panoramic view of wetland, RSPB Leighton Moss reserve

Greater Manchester, it’s time to prepare for garden wildlife survey with a difference

2 January 2014

The countdown has commenced for the world’s biggest garden wildlife survey – and more people in Greater Manchester than ever before are being called upon to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

Robin on magnolia tree

Cheshire, it’s time to prepare for garden wildlife survey with a difference

2 January 2014

The countdown has commenced for the world’s biggest garden wildlife survey – and more people in Cheshire than ever before are being called upon to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

Robin on magnolia tree

West Yorkshire, it’s time to prepare for garden wildlife survey with a difference

2 January 2014

The countdown has commenced for the world’s biggest garden wildlife survey – and more people in West Yorkshire than ever before are being called upon to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

Robin on magnolia tree

South Yorkshire, it’s time to prepare for garden wildlife survey with a difference

2 January 2014

The countdown has commenced for the world’s biggest garden wildlife survey – and more people in South Yorkshire than ever before are being called upon to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

Robin on magnolia tree

Cumbria, it’s time to prepare for garden wildlife survey with a difference

2 January 2014

The countdown has commenced for the world’s biggest garden wildlife survey – and more people in Cumbria than ever before are being called upon to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

Robin on magnolia tree

Yorkshire Coast, it’s time to prepare for garden wildlife survey with a difference

2 January 2014

The countdown has commenced for the world’s biggest garden wildlife survey – and more people on the Yorkshire Coast than ever before are being called upon to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

Robin on magnolia tree

Lancashire, it’s time to prepare for garden wildlife survey with a difference

2 January 2014

The countdown has commenced for the world’s biggest garden wildlife survey – and more people in Lancashire than ever before are being called upon to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

Robin on magnolia tree

Merseyside, it’s time to prepare for garden wildlife survey with a difference

2 January 2014

The countdown has commenced for the world’s biggest garden wildlife survey – and more people in Merseyside than ever before are being called upon to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

Robin on magnolia tree