RSPB nature reserves: at the heart of our work
If we’re to achieve our aim of saving nature, there are many aspects to address, in many places, and we can’t do it all at once. But we are making headway, and we couldn’t do it without our nature reserves or our partners.
Date: 11 August 2015
Big butterfly banks at Winterbourne Downs
We have created very large butterfly banks on ex-arable farmland in Wiltshire. They provide warm south-facing slopes as well as the thin, nutrient-poor chalky soil conditions required by many specialist plants.
Close shepherded grazing at South Stack Cliffs
The RSPB's South Stack Cliffs nature reserve covers 359 hectares on the north west coast of Anglesey, the majority leased from the Isle of Anglesey County Council (IOACC). The principal habitats are maritime heathland and grassland, dry heath, improved and semi-improved grassland, and coastal cliffs.
RSPB Rainham Marshes: bringing nature closer to people
In 2000, a neglected expanse of grassland at Rainham Marshes was a hidden, yet potential, gem: inaccessible to people and poorly managed for the wildlife it supported. By 2015, after investments of time, effort and money, this marshland on the northern banks of the River Thames was wet once again, grazed by cattle, full of great wildlife and visited by nearly 50,000 people and 3,500 school children every year.
Shetland red-necked phalaropes: improved knowledge and better prospects
Red-necked phalaropes are primarily Arctic-breeding wading birds, with the UK on the southern edge of their breeding range. Phalaropes are known for their reversed sexual roles in which the small, drab male is solely responsible for incubating eggs and caring for chicks.
Medmerry coastal realignment: success for people and wildlife
Led by the Environment Agency in partnership with the RSPB, the multi-award-winning Medmerry scheme near Chichester is the largest managed realignment of the open coast ever undertaken in Europe. It’s on the stretch of coast that was at greatest risk of coastal flooding in south east England.
Landscapescale blanket bog restoration at Dove Stone in the Peak District
Habitat restoration of the Lower Lough Erne Islands
Curlew populations have dropped dramatically, so we attempted to increase the numbers of curlews at RSPB Lower Lough Erne Islands. The interventions have reversed declines on the reserve.
Partnership working at Inversnaid in The Great Trossachs Forest
A joined-up conservation approach has worked well at Inversnaid in The Great Trossachs Forest National Park, with gains from co-ordinated approaches to tree planting, deer management and monitoring. It has also enabled the creation of a long-distance path for public enjoyment.
Helping corncrakes thrive at Coll RSPB nature reserve
The Hebridean island of Coll is renowned for its population of corncrakes. The creation of an RSPB nature reserve in 1992 has been an important element in the recovery of this globally threatened species, which has risen from 20 singing males on the island in 1992, to 91 in 2014.
Date: 10 August 2015
Biomass from nature reserves: a problem or an opportunity?
The RSPB set out to find out whether biomass from reserves could be used as an opportunity by working with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on their wetland biomass to bioenergy project.
Restoring bogs for water quality and wildlife: the positive effects on moorland birds
The UK's blanket bogs and upland heaths are some of our most precious wildlife habitats. Although protected, many are in poor condition and under threat. Restoration can result in multiple benefits for wildlife and people.
Date: 29 April 2015
Birdcrime 2013 report
Date: 1 April 2015
Flooding in focus
Recommendations for more effective flood management in England.
Date: 27 November 2014
IEEP - Practical implementation of Article 17 of the CFP
Date: 20 November 2014
Ffridd – cynefin ar y cyrion
Hynod, amrywiol ac o dan fygythiad; mae’r tir ar gyrion yr ucheldir yn gynefin sy’n llawn cymeriad a chyfoeth cudd. Mae’n adnodd hollbwysig ar gyfer bywyd gwyllt Cymru ac mae’n cynnig her unigryw i reolwyr tir.
Date: 24 October 2014
Ffridd – a habitat on the edge
Distinctive, diverse and under threat; the upland fringe is a habitat of veiled depth and character. It’s a vital resource for Welsh wildlife, and a unique challenge for land managers.
The state of the UK's birds 2014
A detailed look at the fortunes of birds throughout the UK and in its Overseas Territories in 2014.
Date: 16 October 2014