The main house at the Lodge RSPB reserve, UK headquaters of the RSPB, Sandy, Bedfordshire

Green living at the RSPB

Find out what we're doing in our offices, visitor centres, cafés and nature reserves to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Action for energy

  • We are making our workplaces cosier and more efficient eg by increasing loft insulation to 30cm and putting in LED light bulbs.
  • We are putting in renewable energy installations, such as photo-voltaic (PV) panels, air-source heat pumps and a very big wind turbine at our headquarters.
  • New buildings inspired by green design, which capture the best of natural light and energy, have been built at Rainham Marshes, Essex and Dungeness, Kent.
  • A zero-energy grass roof and a solar power array grace our education centre at Nagshead, Gloucestershire. Solar-powered electric fences help control stock in three more reserves.
  • Videoconference facilities at our headquarters and regional offices reduce the need for staff to travel, thus cutting carbon emissions.

Action for waste

  • The amount of waste we create and how we dispose of it directly affects wild spaces. We run projects to raise awareness and encourage people to recycle. Find out how you can help wildlife by recycling.
  • To show our commitment to recycling we have launched a recycling appeal for mobile phones and inkjet cartridges, where you can do the right thing and raise funds for the RSPB at the same time! Click on the link at the bottom of this page to find out all about it.
  • RSPB shops now offer a variety of wonderful gifts for sale, made from recycled materials. These include mouse mats, notebooks and clocks made from recycled computer circuit boards and recycled plastic.

Action for water

  • We monitor our water use at our headquarters at The Lodge in Bedfordshire. Many of our other offices are shared tenancies and it is not possible to monitor in the same way. In 2003-04, we reduced our use at headquarters by 22 per cent over the previous year. We will be trying to save even more. So far, we’ve achieved savings at UK headquarters by using two rainwater collection systems which supply water for flushing toilets, topping up ponds and watering gardens. 
  • Elsewhere around the UK, water efficiency measures, such as low-flush or dual-flush toilet cisterns, infra-red sensors on urinals, and spray or percussion taps are installed in our offices and visitor centres as part of an ongoing maintenance programme. We have a plan of action to ensure all our activities, buildings and reserves management are as water efficient as they practically can be.
Flower borders in front of the Lodge RSPB reserve, Bedfordshire.

Action on food

  • When you visit an RSPB nature reserve café, you can be sure that what you’re eating and drinking is good for the planet and that you can make healthy choices.
  • All eleven of the RSPB’s nature reserve cafés have gained at least the Bronze award in the Soil Association’s Food for Life Served Here scheme, with two achieving Gold.
  • The award scheme celebrates locally sourced, additive and GM free, sustainable food which meets animal welfare standards and makes healthy eating easy.
Newport Wetlands cafe staff

How you can help

ink cartridges

Recycle your old printer cartridges and you'll not only help the environment but help us continue our conservation work.