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Bittern about to land in reedbed

Our work on bitterns has brought them back from the brink of extinction in the UK.

Image: Graham Catley

As the UK’s biggest nature conservation charity, with a history going back to 1889, we focus on conserving the UK's wildlife and restoring and protecting its natural habitats. But we also work internationally in key areas to protect birds and other wildlife. 

Our research

How our scientific work helps us take the right action to save wildlife and habitats, and our research into children's connection with nature

Conservation projects

There's more to the RSPB's work than nature reserves and Big Garden Birdwatch. We also work in a whole range of other areas, from finding out why house sparrows have declined to researching the effects of windfarms and working with farmers. Find out what we're up to. More...

Conservation projects

Get outdoors

Jumping in puddles and kicking up leaves are ways we connect with nature. We've been working with the University of Essex to develop a brand new approach to find out just how connected to nature children are. More...

Get outdoors

Safeguarding species and their habitats

How we're helping the species most in need and what we're doing on our reserves and on a country wide scale to link up habitats in the UK

Safeguarding species

Saving species is at the heart of our work. Find out why, and which species are at the top of our priority list. More...

Safeguarding species

Managing nature reserves

We manage over 200 nature reserves across the UK and these support a diverse range of wildlife and habitats. Find out more about what we're doing. More...

Managing nature reserves

Futurescapes

Futurescapes is our contribution to landscape-scale conservation, a growing movement among UK conservation groups to provide rich habitats for wildlife and diverse, green spaces for people to enjoy in our countryside, not only in protected areas but far beyond. More...

Futurescapes

Our history

Where it all started over a hundred years ago.

History of the RSPB

The RSPB was formed to counter the barbarous trade in plumes for women's hats, a fashion responsible for the destruction of many thousands of egrets, birds of paradise and other species whose plumes had become fashionable in the late Victorian era. More...

History of the RSPB