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Put on a festive feast for garden birds this Christmas but avoid killer turkey fat

18 December 2014

The RSPB is urging people to put on a festive feast to fatten up garden birds this Christmas, but to avoid leaving out the potentially dangerous leftover contents of their Christmas dinner roasting tins.

Song thrush eating hawthorn berries in snowy hedgerow

Teesside company renews support of local nature reserve

18 December 2014

North Tees-based company, SABIC UK Petrochemicals, have renewed their sponsorship of local RSPB nature reserve, Saltholme for the fifth year running, becoming the site’s longest-serving corporate member on Teesside.

RSPB Saltholme nature reserve, Transporter Bridge in background

Rare visitor flies into reserve ahead of Father Christmas

18 December 2014

One of Britain's rarest beetles is discovered for the first time at Welsh reserve

Calosoma inquisitor

Generous gifts for Christmas birds

18 December 2014

Fundraisers mark centenary of passenger pigeon extinction with gruelling challenges to save the turtle dove.

Tristan Reid running the Coniston Lakeland Trails Marathon

Bringing woodlands alive at Coombes and Churnet Valley

17 December 2014

On Friday, 12 December 2014, RSPB Coombes and Churnet Valley welcomed friends who have helped to bring local woodlands alive. The RSPB, as part of the Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership (CVLLP) are helping to drive change in the landscape, making the Churnet Valley a better place for people, birds and wildlife.

Warden at Coombes Valley

Get stuffed! How to feed your garden birds this Christmas

16 December 2014

Ever wondered what birds eat for Christmas dinner? You might not think it, but those magpies can’t wait to get a hold of your mince pies…

Starlings squabbling over food

Booming bird bounces back

15 December 2014

Bitterns, elusive heron-like birds once extinct in the UK, have had a record year in England with the highest number of individuals recorded since the 1800s, thanks to support from an EU conservation programme.

Bittern peering out from reeds

Booming bird bounces back

15 December 2014

Bitterns - elusive heron-like birds once extinct in the UK - have had a record year in England with the highest number of individuals recorded since the 1800s, thanks to support from an EU conservation programme.

Bittern among reeds

Don't forget the fungi

12 December 2014

The suggestion of a fungi hunt can sometimes crumple faces in horror. Let me take this opportunity to defend the poor, humble mushroom and convince you how awesome they really are.

Chicken of the woods fungus

RSPB dismayed at East Yorkshire offshore wind farm decision that poses high risk to birds

11 December 2014

A growing offshore wind industry is critical if the UK is to continue to cut its emissions and fight climate change, but the RSPB believes that consent of the Hornsea One offshore wind farm (100km from the East Yorkshire coast) is unsatisfactory for several reasons, but principally because of the high collision risk for seabirds using the area.

Wind farms, nr Burnley, close up, blades frozen

Murmuration magic fills the winter sky

11 December 2014

Dazzling starling murmurations are at there peak, so be sure not to miss this incredible wildlife spectacle.

Large flock of starlings congregating at dusk

Anglians challenge MPs to protect nature and wildlife

9 December 2014

Nature & wildlife-lovers from East of England in Westminster to challenge MPs on commitment to protecting nature and the environment.

RSPB logo on white

Feeling festive at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands

9 December 2014

With Christmas just around the corner, there’s a festive song in the air at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands nature reserve – but it’s not only the iconic robin holding a beautiful tune.

Fieldfare in frosty bush

RSPB Saltholme needs your worn out wellies

9 December 2014

RSPB Saltholme has issued an appeal to local people to donate their worn out and out-grown wellies for the nature reserve’s upcoming welly season activities.

Muddy purple wellies

Mass rally in Westminster a wake-up call to politicians on nature

9 December 2014

Nature and wildlife-lovers are heading to the Houses of Parliament today to shake politicians out of the Westminster bubble and get them to take nature seriously.

Common seal yawning

How to see some starling superstars!

8 December 2014

We can’t get enough of our sensational starlings. With winter on the way many of us are excited to see these stunning birds flock together in their thousands to form patterns in the sky.

Large flock of starlings congregating at dusk

The RSPB’s top three ways to help your garden birds in Northern England this winter

8 December 2014

The temperature is expected to plummet over the next few weeks with ice and snow spreading across the country, and birds that have benefitted from a mild autumn will begin to struggle as the weather changes.

Top three ways to help your garden birds this winter

8 December 2014

The RSPB is asking people to top up their bird feeders and provide fresh water and shelter for wildlife in their gardens during the frosty weather.

Great tit using RSPB feeder

RSPB project boosts lapwings in Lancashire

8 December 2014

A nature conservation project in West Lancashire, aimed at increasing the number of lapwings, has enjoyed a record-breaking season.

Two lapwings

Nature helps protect wetland one year after storm surge

5 December 2014

Sea defences at RSPB’s flagship Titchwell Marsh nature reserve completed one year after destructrive storm surge

Saltmarsh, mudflats and creeks, Titchwell Marsh

Boost to lapwing numbers in Nene Washes in 2014

1 December 2014

Numbers of lapwings breeding on land managed by the RSPB in the Nene Washes up 25 per cent over 2013

Lapwing in rushy pasture, Northumberland

Nature needs northerners

27 November 2014

A group of nature conservation, wildlife and animal welfare charities are calling on people in Yorkshire to visit the Houses of Parliament next month to help put nature firmly on the political agenda.

Young campaigners at Wave march

Is London Sustainable?

26 November 2014

There is a vision of a green and naturally vibrant London, supported by the RSPB. What’s stopping it becoming reality?

City Hall, London

Exciting arrivals on the RSPB’s Scandinavian express

25 November 2014

Staff and volunteers at RSPB Saltholme, the nature reserve near Stockton-on-Tees, have been getting into the festive spirit ahead of their big Christmas celebration this weekend.

Lake with swans at Saltholme

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

Stars of the show arrive at last

12 November 2014

They’re back – around 40,000 starlings have finally returned to put on a show at RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay nature reserve and visitors are urged to come and witness the seasonal spectacle for themselves.

Starling murmuration

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 campaign to halt an incinerator project on a south London wildlife hotspot continues, here's why campaigners value the site.

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