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  • Blog Post: You have the power to really make a difference for nature

    With over 25,500 emails sent, reaching every MP in the country and several MPs talking about the environment in the first Repeal Bill debate, it's been a cracking start to the campaign. However, it's a fact of life these days that MPs are inundated with online actions on a daily basis. To really...
  • Blog Post: I have a campaigning confession to make...

    I have never been to see my MP. As a campaigner I feel like I'm letting the side down a bit here! Not only have I never been to see my MP, I haven't even written to her! Ever since Heidi Allen MP won in South Cambridgeshire in 2015 I have been meaning to write to her properly about my concerns...
  • Blog Post: Here's our 2016 highlights!

    I don't know about you but 2016 hasn't always felt like the best of years, not least with the loss of so many well-loved names and faces. But it's worth taking a look back to remind ourselves that it hasn't all been bad. There have been some seriously good moments for nature, which would...
  • Blog Post: The EU Nature Directives are safe - so what next for protection of UK wildlife?

    It’s been a roller-coaster of a year and so, as 2016 draws to a close, I am delighted to be able to report good news about European wildlife - news which also has huge significance for the future of nature conservation in the UK. Following a comprehensive 2-year evaluation process, the European...
  • Blog Post: A huge victory for nature conservation!

    It's with a great deal of pleasure, no little pride and some relief that I share this blog with you. Written by Alistair Taylor our Senior Policy Officer who has been at the heart of our vital Defend Nature campaign to safeguard the laws that protect nature across the European Union. Martin Harper...
  • Blog Post: The future of the EU Nature Directives hangs in the balance

    This Wednesday, European Commissioners (including UK Commissioner Sir Julian King) will decide whether to save the EU’s flagship environment laws - the Birds and Habitats & Species Directives. This decision follows a public consultation with a record 520,000 respondents and an 18 month campaign...
  • Blog Post: The Nature Directives remain vital for our shared nature

    Our natural world and the wildlife that depends on it is just as important now as it was on 22 June before referendum on whether we stay in or leave the European Union. It will be some time before the full implications of Brexit are clear – and that includes what it means for wildlife and the places...
  • Blog Post: Investing in Our Countryside

    Wildlife across Scotland continues to change, with serious long term declines now evident. So how do we have a greater positive impact on the fortunes of our species at a time when less government support is available? Protected areas for example have been essential to target corncrake recovery and blanket...
  • Blog Post: An update on the review of the EU Nature Directives

    As we enter the final week of the EU Referendum campaign, I thought I would offer a brief update on the future of the the Birds and Habitats Directives (the Nature Directives). In May, I reported here that the overdue findings of the Fitness Check of the EU Nature Directives had still not been published...
  • Blog Post: Restoring the Essex coast - and inspiring story from Wallasea Island

    My colleague Alistair Taylor our Senior Policy Officer, (Nature Directives) reports on a significant visit to our Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project. The EU’s Birds and Habitats Directives play an important role in protecting our wildlife, much of which is shared with our EU neighbours. Regular...
  • Blog Post: In celebration of the award-winning RSPB Dove Stone reserve

    One of the most enjoyable aspects of my role as Conservation Director of the RSPB is that I get the chance to share in some of the most inspiring and life-affirming conservation projects. Regularly I have to highlight the damage and threats that nature faces but today I want to celebrate a project that...
  • Blog Post: Breeding success at RSPB Medmerry

    Rare Avocets are breeding at the RSPB’s Medmerry nature reserve for the third year in row. Around 24 pairs of the graceful black and white birds have nested in the reserve’s stilt pools, an area growing in popularity for the protected species. The RSPB managed site is home to the only...
  • Blog Post: A year of #DefendNature: what next for the laws that protect our wildlife?

    Among the many themes that have run through posts on this blog since we started it back in August 2009, the role of the Nature Directives in safeguarding our finest wildlife sites – the ‘special places’ of this blog – has been a constant. In recent years those very laws have come...
  • Blog Post: A year of #DefendNature: what next for the laws that protect our wildlife?

    It’s spring, and our nightingales have returned, swifts and swallows are back and breeding, and turtle doves and cuckoos can be heard calling on the breeze. Our migratory birds are coming back and they’ve crossed Europe from Africa to get to us. Today marks exactly one year since we launched...
  • Blog Post: Marvellous Monty‚Äôs on World Migratory Bird Day

    ‘Suddenly the female rose from deep within the reeds, she circled looking upwards and gaining height, then out of nowhere another bird silently arrived, he the most sleekest steel grey raptor with rowing wing beats, he was carrying prey and heading directly for her, they momentary met, the gift...
  • Blog Post: More European shenanigans

    While the debate about the UK’s membership of the European Union continues, it appears that another European debate has yet to be settled. Information obtained this week by BirdLife International’s German partner, NABU, suggests that some continue to fight hard to weaken the EU Birds and...
  • Blog Post: Ask Rory to #DefendNature and keep the path to conservation clear

    Ask Rory to #DefendNature and keep the path to conservation clear When you can’t see clearly where you are going everything gets much slower and more difficult. The recent stormy weather is a reminder of this in action - whilst driving to work last week the rain was so heavy that it was difficult...
  • Blog Post: Nature knows no boundaries

    I had the pleasure of visiting our Mersehead nature reserve last week, where spring is in the air and we were lucky enough to spot the first handful of migrant birds that have made it back to our shores for the summer, including swallows and chiffchaff. Combined with the fresh burst of green on the trees...
  • Blog Post: England's moors: an update on this burning issue

    Four years ago I announced that the RSPB had taken the serious step of making a formal complaint to the European Commission raising our profound concerns at the state of our finest designated wildlife sites in the North English moorlands - sites protected on paper as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs...
  • Blog Post: In 25 years time...

    Today, I am speaking at a Westminster Forum seminar on the future of policy on biodiversity and natural capital in the UK . Here is a long-hand version of what I plan to say. Do have a read and then let me know what you think. ---------------------------------- Imagine a future where.... .....
  • Blog Post: A tiny snail is the star in West Sussex conservation success

    A rare and tiny snail is the star of a long conservation story that has a happy ending. The little whirlpool ram’s horn snail Anisus vorticulus has a name far longer than its diminutive 5mm diameter, but by making its home in the West Sussex Arun Valley it has led to the recognition of the area...
  • Blog Post: The fitness of EU nature laws: guest blog by Ariel Brunner from BirdLife International

    Regular readers of this blog will know that the Birds and Habitats Directives (the ‘Nature Directives’), the laws that represent the cornerstone of nature conservation in the UK and across Europe, are currently undergoing a ‘fitness check’ to assess whether they are still ‘fit...
  • Blog Post: Spurn Point - assessing the impact of a new visitor centre

    For as long as I can remember the fate of Spurn point lay in the hands of the winter storms. One day, the point would be breached beyond recovery and Spurn would change- That happened in 2013 and the site's owners, the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust are proposing new visitor facilities which have proved...
  • Blog Post: European Parliament opposes revision of Nature Directives

    This morning, MEPs in the European Parliament adopted (with an overwhelming majority) a report that reinforces the importance of the EU Nature Directives in halting biodiversity loss. Today’s news follows a series of announcements which suggest that any political appetite to weaken the directives...
  • Blog Post: Our MEPs voted to Defend Nature!

    Today the European Parliament joined EU Environment Ministers and over half a million of Europeans in speaking up to defend the Nature Directives, the vital laws that protect our nature. (A reminder of why the vote was important for the Nature Directives here and our habitats and wildlife here .) ...