Heathland at the Lodge RSPB reserve, UK headquaters of the RSPB, Sandy, Bedfordshire

England

From ancient woodlands and lowland heaths, to estuaries and rugged coasts, England is rich in wildlife habitats and special birds, from stone-curlews and bitterns, to cirl buntings and marsh harriers.

Eastern England

At the coast, flocks of geese and waders provide impressive bird spectacles.

The region has the majority of the UK's breeding bitterns, black-tailed godwits and stone-curlews. Its many popular nature reserves include Minsmere and Titchwell Marsh.

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Eastern England Regional Office
Stalham House
65 Thorpe Road
Norwich
Norfolk
NR1 1UD

Telephone: 01603 661662

 Minsmere RSPB reserve at dawn
Minsmere
Man walking along West bank at Titchwell
Titchwell Marsh
Far Fen Lake. Fen Drayton RSPB reserve, Cambridgeshire. Former gravel pits, now important habitat for wildfowl & waders. January
Fen Drayton Lakes
Thames Gateway Futurescapes, South Essex Marshes, Vange Marsh
Vange Marsh
The main house at the Lodge RSPB reserve, UK headquaters of the RSPB, Sandy, Bedfordshire
The Lodge HQ

London

London is Europe's largest city with more than 8.5 million people. Yet, despite all this frenetic human activity, London remains one of the world's greenest cities with parks, woodlands and the River Thames.

The RSPB reserve at Rainham Marshes is easily accessible from Central London and is one of the very few ancient landscapes remaining in the South East. These medieval marshes right next to the River Thames is a special place to see wildlife and enjoy the great outdoors. Wildfowl and breeding waders visit the wetlands of Rainham in their thousands. 

Our wonderful cycle hire scheme will give you an opportunity to loop the perimeter of the reserve and explore the surrounding landscape, taking in views over the river Thames and down to London from the river wall. Feeling adventurous? Come and explore our nature inspired climbing boulders within the reserve.

London's tall buildings act as artificial cliffs and a plentiful supply of pigeons has seen peregrines colonise the centre of London, including the Tate Modern during the Summer. However, there are mixed fortunes for London's birds. House sparrows have disappeared from many parts of London but there are many ways to help give nature a home.

We’re working in partnership with Aldi to connect young people with the natural world. If you’re interested in one of our trained educators visiting your school to learn more about the natural world please contact us for a free schools outreach session.

The RSPB runs hundreds of events in London each year suitable for all ages and abilities.

Injured birds and wildlife:

We aren't able to rescue or look after birds or wildlife that are injured or in distress. These charities can help with rescuing or finding care:

For more information

London Office
RSPB London Office
5th Floor, 50 Southwark Street
London
SE1 1UN

Telephone: 0207 940 3050 

Rainham Marshes RSPB reserve, England
Rainham Marshes
RSPB Rye Meads, family triathlon event, view from Draper hide
Rye Meads

Midlands

The RSPB Midlands region spans 14 counties, covering most of the East and West Midlands government regions. More than 9 million people live in the region, the majority in large cities and market towns.

The area is essentially rural but includes some of England’s best-known and well-loved landscapes such as the Cotswolds, Malvern Hills, Welsh Marches, Sherwood Forest and parts of the Peak District. The region is dissected by several rivers, including parts of the Avon, Severn, and Trent where a number of wetland restoration projects are underway.

Conservation priorities for this region include the continuing efforts to reverse the declines in a range of threatened farmland bird species, and we are also looking at ways to benefit our much-loved garden birds.

The region has a small complement of nature reserves including Coombes Valley, Churchwood, Otmoor and Sandwell Valley and we are looking to increase this number with new reserves in development at Middleton Lakes near Birmingham and Langford Lowfields in the Trent Valley. 

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Midlands Regional Office
1st Floor 
One Cornwall Street 
Birmingham 
B3 2JN  

Telephone: 01767 693777

 Holly, Ilex aquifolium at edge of clearing. Bluebells in background. Coombes Valley RSPB reserve. Staffordshire, England. May 2007.
Coombes Valley
Landscape view of Otmoor RSPB reserve, Oxfordshire, May 2011
Otmoor
Sandwell Valley RSPB reserve, panorama from visitor centre
Sandwell Valley
Sunset over lagoon, Middleton Lakes RSPB reserve, Staffordshire
Middleton Lakes
Oxeye daisies Leucanthemum vulgare, landscape view of Langford Lowfields RSPB reserve, Nottingham
Langford Lowfields

Northern England

The coast and estuaries, such as the Ribble and Humber, are important for birds all year round and support internationally significant numbers of waterfowl in winter.

Elsewhere, the region is home to many special birds including breath-taking seabird colonies, booming bitterns, breeding hen and marsh harriers, red kites, and black grouse. There are still strongholds in the region for upland waders, such as curlew and lapwing, and lowland farmland birds, including corn bunting.

In the city and countryside we run a wide range of exciting events that inspire people about the spectacular birds and wildlife of northern England. Some of the RSPB’s most popular nature reserves are in the Northern England region, including Leighton Moss, Fairburn Ings, Blacktoft Sands, Bempton Cliffs and Old Moor.

An experienced team of site managers and reserve wardens run and manage these sites for the benefit of birds and people. These reserves support a tremendous variety of birds and other wildlife; many also have first-class visitor facilities, busy events programmes and flourishing education schemes.

New reserves such as Saltholme on Teesside are currently being created and represent a new generation of RSPB sites. 

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Denby Dale Office
Westleigh Mews
Wakefield Road, Denby Dale
Huddersfield
HD8 8QD

Telephone: 0300 7772 676

Newcastle Office
1 Sirius House
Amethyst Road
Newcastle Business Park
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
NE4 7YL

Telephone: 0300 7772 676

Lancaster office
7.3.1 Cameron House
White Cross Estate
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1 4XF

Telephone: 0300 7772 676

Bempton Cliffs RSPB reserve
Bempton Cliffs
Old Moor RSPB reserve, Dearne Valley
Old Moor
Bird watcher looking out of Lillian's hide, Leighton Moss RSPB reserve
Leighton Moss
Newly planted reedbed at Fairburn Ings RSPB reserve
Fairburn Ings
Blacktoft Sands RSPB Reserve, East Yorkshire
Blacktoft Sands

South East England

Development, climate change and our changing countryside conspire to present the major conservation challenges but noisy colonies of Sandwich terns, mudflats teeming with wading birds, and the 'churr' of nightjars from summer heathlands are just some of the bird riches that can still be enjoyed.

The number of RSPB reserves here is growing fast, giving wonderful opportunities for experiencing the area's wildlife, from the oldest RSPB reserve at Dungeness to the most-visited at Pulborough Brooks to one of our newest and most adventurous at Rainham Marshes.

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South East Regional Office
1st Floor, Pavilion View
19 New Road
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 1UF

Telephone: 01273 775333

Brading marshes RSPB reserve, Ryde, Isle of Wight
Brading Marshes - Isle of Wight
Wet meadows at Pulborough Brooks RSPB reserve, West Sussex, England. March 2007
Pulborough Brooks
 View looking out over large gravel pit with hide in the distance, Dungeness RSPB reserve
Dungeness
Rainham Marshes RSPB reserve, England
Rainham Marshes
Adur Estuary RSPB reserve, Shoreham-by-sea, West Sussex, England. Expanses of mud & saltmarsh at low tide.
Adur Estuary

South West England

With hundreds of miles of coast and nearby islands like Lundy and the Isles of Scilly, it is also an important place for seabirds.

Whatever the time of year, there is a bird spectacle to enjoy. Whether it is hundreds of avocets wintering close to our Exe Estuary reserves, flocks of ducks and wading birds at West Sedgemoor, or the summertime heathland delights of Dartford warblers and nocturnal nightjars at reserves like Arne and Aylesbeare, the south-west rarely fails to impress!

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South West Regional Office
4th Floor (North Block)
Broadwalk House
Southernhay West
Exeter
EX1 1TS

Telephone: 01392 432691

Wet meadows in flower, West Sedgemoor RSPB reserve, Somerset Levels, England
West Segemoor
Sunset over heathland at RSPB Arne nature reserve
Arne
Heather and gorse in bloom, on the heath, Aylesbeare RSPB reserve
Aylesbeare Common
Exminster Marshes RSPB reserve
Exminster and Powderham Marshes
Aerial view of Hayle Estuary, Cornwall
Hayle Estuary