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  • Blog Post: A thought for World Wetlands Day

    Walking through Westminster last week, I saw a large display of wellington boots. It had been put together by Greenpeace showcasing personal testimonies from flood-hit communities and was accompanied by a call for more government action to protect people from flooding. Admiring the installation, my...
  • Blog Post: Judgment day for Bulgaria's endangered red-breasted geese

    It’s always good to bring a story up to date and especially so when there’s good news. Here Dan Pullen our acting Head of International Biodiversity Policy revisits the threats to re-breasted geese on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. Today the European Court of Justice found the Government...
  • Blog Post: Our MEPs’ turn to defend our vital nature laws

    Since May last year, we’ve been campaigning to save the EU Nature Directives – vital laws that protect our most vulnerable wildlife and places – from being weakened as they undergo a review. Our campaigning is working: we’ve made huge progress and the language being used by...
  • Blog Post: An environmental perspective on the forthcoming referendum on the UK membership of the European Union

    At the end of giving evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee on the value of EU environment policy (you can watch it here ), I was asked about the RSPB’s position on the referendum regarding the UK’s membership of the European Union. This is clearly an issue that will dominate the...
  • Blog Post: Good news on the EU Nature Directives, bad news on fracking

    As I was waiting to give evidence to the Environmental Audit Select Committee today (session curtailed due to ‘events’ – rematch scheduled for new year), we received some very good news and some bad news. First the good news... ...UK Environment Minister, Rory Stewart, at a meeting...
  • Blog Post: We're backing Rory Stewart to Defend Nature!

    Read about the latest stage in our campaign to safeguard the vital laws that protect nature. Steph Landymore, our Defend Nature campaigner is helping to ensure that biodiversity minister Rory Stewart has a lasting reminder of the wildlife and special places that we love and are protected by the Nature...
  • Blog Post: A big day in the long struggle to protect the laws that protect nature

    Following Friday's conference in Brussels, I am delighted to welcome my colleague, Kate Jennings, who has spearheaded the UK contribution to the campaign to defend the EU Nature Directives. Below, she offers her reflections on a memorable day in the heart of the European Union. --------------...
  • Blog Post: Is nature a small thing to you? Guest blog from Mike Clarke, RSPB Chief Executive

    On the day of a crucial conference in Brussels regarding the future of the EU Nature Directives, my boss, Mike Clarke, offers his perspective on how politicians should respond to the findings of review into their effectiveness... ------------------------------------------------ For much of this...
  • Blog Post: Reflections on the draft report about the review of the EU Nature Directives

    For much of this year, the RSPB has been campaigning to defend the EU Birds and Species & Habitats Directives (known as the Nature Directives) – powerful laws that protect habitats and species across the EU. With the help of our supporters, and in concert with hundreds other organisations in...
  • Blog Post: Why the curlew depends on the EU Nature directives

    Here's a blog post from one of our committed and knowledgeable Phoenix Forum members, Ben Rees. The curlew is one of the UK’s largest breeding waders and is an iconic bird of both estuary mudflats and of wet moorland. Its distinctive down curved bill looks too large for its head but is perfect...
  • Blog Post: An important step for our Defend Nature campaign

    RSPB Chief Executive Mike Clarke has written a guest post on a important step in our campaign to defend the nature directives. This week marked an important moment in our Defend Nature campaign. At a meeting of EU Environment Ministers in Luxembourg on Monday, nine countries including France, Germany...
  • Blog Post: A day on the banks of the Thames

    It was good to spend today on the banks of the Thames. Waders and waterfowl were feeding on the mudflats while crows and magpies mobbed kestrels and short-eared owls on land. I was there to film a short piece for Channel 4 News on the EU Nature Directives with Stanley Johnson . We were at the Essex Wildlife...
  • Blog Post: Debunking some myths about the EU Nature Directives

    This summer, 520,000 European citizens – including over 100,000 from the UK – sent a clear message to the European Commission that they place great value on the laws that protect nature (the EU Nature Directives). By using their voices for nature they have shouted loud and clear that the...
  • Blog Post: Defend Nature

    Our most important campaign ever? I’ve told you a million times that hyperbole is always best avoided. And this blog follows that advice! On Tuesday an unprecedented partnership (well 100 organisations in the UK and the entire BirdLife International partnership across the European Union,...
  • Blog Post: Happy Natura 2000 Day

    The EU has been remarkably good at identifying and protecting its very best wildlife sites – and in turn some of our most threatened wildlife has been given a better chance of a safer future. Since the founding of the EU and the Common Market before it there has been a principle of not allowing...
  • Blog Post: The Nature Directives: Keeping the wildlife at Morecambe Bay

    The laws that protect nature are under close scrutiny - in a series of blog posts we're exploring what the European Nature Directives have achieved. Here Annabel Rushton describes their role in protecting Morecambe Bay. When asked to think about somewhere that is special to them, most people probably...
  • Blog Post: We need to talk about Europe (part 1): what has the EU ever done for nature?

    Just in case you are not a member of the RSPB (heaven forbid) or do not read your Nature's Home magazine (outrageous), I thought I'd share with you the article I wrote in the latest issue which lands on doormats this week in time for our AGM on Saturday. In 350 words I have tried to capture our...
  • Blog Post: We need to talk about Europe (part 2): why we must implement the laws that protect nature

    If your Nature's Home magazine has arrived, you may have seen an eight-page article highlighting the role that the EU Nature Directives (Birds and Species and Habitats Directives) have played in saving some of our most iconic wildlife places: including the Dorset heathlands, Ramsey Island, the Cairngorms...
  • Blog Post: Stanley Johnson at the RSPB AGM

    The highlight of this year's RSPB AGM was Stanley Johnson receiving the RSPB medal for his contribution to nature conservation. I have known Stanley for nearly twenty years and he has always been passionate, committed and very, very funny. His acceptance speech did not disappoint as he entertained...
  • Blog Post: Why was the Birds Directive created? Guest blog from Alistair Gammell

    Today, I am delighted to welcome my former RSPB colleague, Alistair Gammell. Alistair worked for the RSPB for three decades including as our first International Director. Amongst his many achievements, he played a key role in shaping the EU Directives. These critical laws that are now under threat ....
  • Blog Post: Defending Nature for local communities

    Today I am delighted to welcome Gill Moore from the Friends of North Kent Marshes – a local campaign group – to talk about why the Nature Directives are so important to her local community, and the special places they love. Gill is pictured below (on the right) with former MP Mark Reckless...
  • Blog Post: Reaction to the publication of the European Red List of Birds

    Around the time that I was watching avocet chicks at RSPB's fabulous Frampton Marsh today, a new landmark document was published: the European Red List of Birds *. It’s a landmark because it encourages us to think about conservation beyond national borders and at a continental scale. I'd...
  • Blog Post: A tale of two W's: Wallasea Island and Walshaw Moor

    I’ve spent the last few days focussing on the relationship between the European Union and the future of our wildlife and the special places that they call home here in the UK. Last week European Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella and Biodiversity Minister Rory Stewart helped us to celebrate...
  • Blog Post: Defend the laws that defend our nature

    Please take ten minutes to read this blog, watch a film and, in a few clicks, take action for nature. Today, we launch our campaign to defend the EU Nature Directives. As I have written recently (see here and here ), the Directives have, for over 30 years underpinned nature conservation in the...
  • Blog Post: The Habitats Regulations - the case for the defence

    We are still reeling from the Chancellor's economic statement . I summed up our mood in an interview I gave to Farming Today (about 8 minutes in). We can just about live with a review of the Habitats Regulations . As in the 2006 Davidson review, we think that the regulations will stand up to scrutiny...