View looking over estuary with Snowdonia in the distance, Conwy RSPB Reserve

Give nature the space it needs

Donate to the 2017 Homes for Nature Fund today, and you'll help create vital sanctuaries for threatened birds and wildlife around the UK.

Why we need to help

Securing additional land is vital for the survival of UK nature. 

The Homes for Nature Fund is vital as it means we can react immediately if an opportunity to secure important habitats presents itself.

So any donation you make to the fund will help, when time is short, give nature such as the wigeon, avocet and lapwing the space they desperately need.

Let's take a closer look at each and discover why they need our help.

Lapwing Vanellus vanellus, standing in shallow water, Geltsdale RSPB reserve, Cumbria, England

Lapwing

Size isn't everything when it comes to conservation, even the purchase of a small area of land can be crucial.

Take Portmore Lough in Northern Ireland, for example.

The RSPB has been working here to create the country's greatest undisturbed area of grazing marsh for birdlife including lapwing, snipe and redshank.

So it may surprise you that our extension of Portmore Lough in 2016 consisted of just half a hectare (5,000 square metres) of land.

Still, it was an extremely important purchase. This small area, if managed incorrectly, had the potential to seriously impact the Lough's local wildlife.

We now need to secure more areas across the UK for lapwings to flourish.

Between 1995 and 2012, lapwings declined by 42 per cent in the UK (Breeding Bird Survey 2013). The long-term trend is even worse, and shows a decline of 64 per cent from 1970-2012 (The State of the UK's Birds 2014).

Please make a donation today and help us give lapwings the space they urgently need.

Did you know?

The lapwing's distinctive call gives it the alternative name of Peewit, but it also boasts a number of local names too. Green Plover is probably the most familiar, and is used widely across England and Scotland, but others include 'Tieve’s Nacket' (Shetland), 'Toppyup' (Scottish Borders), and 'Lappy' (Yorkshire)

Lapwing

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Wigeon (Anas penelope) male and female grazing at Berney Marshes RSPB reserve. Yare Valley, Norfolk

Wigeon

Along the Suffolk coast, we are beginning to connect two fantastic homes for nature - the RSPB's Boyton and Hollesley Marshes.

Together, they're part of a vibrant coastal landscape that's crucial for breeding waders and wintering waterbirds.

For years, we've held an ambition to connect Boyton and Hollesley. And last year, with your help, and the support of funding organisation WREN, we bought 32 hectares (32,000 square metres) of farmland that currently separate them.

Our vision for this landscape's future is now in motion, as we seek to create a continuous area of wetland that includes large saltwater scrapes that are perfect for wigeon, as well as terns and, we hope, spoonbills.

The wigeon is a medium-sized dabbling duck with a round head and small bill. Birds breed in central and northern Scotland and also northern England. 

However, the large numbers of visiting wigeon that visit just a few UK sites in winter from Iceland, Scandinavia and Russia make it an Amber List species.

Donate today, and you'll help provide more space for wigeon to survive - and thrive - throughout the UK.

Wintering wigeon

Watch as wigeon fly and bathe in the winter

Watch as wigeon fly and bathe in the winter

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Avocet turning eggs in nest.

Avocet

Along the North West coast of England, where the River Ribble meets the Irish Sea, we are expanding our Hesketh Out Marsh reserve, in what is now one of the most important estuaries for birds in the UK.

We've secured vital areas of grazing land that had been separated from the estuary since the 1980s. 

And we’re now restoring, recreating and reconnecting 160 hectares of intertidal marsh to our existing reserve, habitat which is perfect for charismatic waders like avocets, oystercatchers, and redshanks.

Donate today, and we can create even more habitats for avocets and their wading cousins.

The avocet has come to symbolise the bird protection movement in the UK more than any other species.

Its return in the 1940s and subsequent increase in numbers represents one of the most successful conservation and protection projects. But it now needs more space to feed, breed and thrive.

Donate today and ensure its success story continues.

 

Avocet

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How you can help

View of sea defences with setting sun, Wallasea Island RSPB reserve, Essex, England

Give nature the space it needs to survive and thrive.