Water vole feeding

It's official. Nature is more under threat than ever before.

The places that nature calls home - where it raises a family and finds food - are being destroyed, exploited and polluted. As a nation we are losing our plant and animal species at unnatural speed.  

Nowhere is this trend more clearly highlighted than in the groundbreaking State of Nature report - the first report of its kind to bring together the work of 25 conservation organisations and provide a healthcheck of our wildlife.

The report reveals that one in 10 of all the wild plants, insects and animals studied have decreased in number over recent decades. But it also highlights the good work being done to turn the fortunes of our wildlife around.

It's no exaggeration to say that without RSPB nature reserves, the declines of some species could have been much worse. For example, back in 1992 there were 19 'booming' male bitterns in the UK. But last year there were 121, with 39 per cent on RSPB reserves.

Together, we'll give nature a home for generations to come.

What we'll be doing

Reserves are not only fantastic places to visit, they are also incredibly important places for wildlife. By 2030, we must double the area of our existing reserve network, to protect more valuable wildlife habitat.

We identified 2,500 hectares of wildlife habitats we had to secure for nature in 2014. And we needed at least £500,000 to make that happen. 

Thanks to our brilliant supporters, we've hit our target of £500,000 for our 2014 appeal. This has helped to ensure further contributions from our funding partners like the Heritage Lottery Fund, the EU's Life+ programme and businesses. 

Together, we can achieve more. Together, we can give nature a home.

Our target

Thank you so much! Our incredible supporters have helped us hit our target of £500,000 for our 2014 Homes for Nature appeal.

Why we need your help

The money donated will help secure 2,500 hectares of wetlands, woodlands, uplands and other habitats all over the UK. 

That's an area roughly the size of 3,500 football pitches where we can create homes for nature.

The 2014 Homes for Nature appeal has been a huge success thanks to the genorosity and dedication of our supporters. 

Many thanks once again.

Christopher Madden
Appeals Manager, RSPB

What we're saving

Here are just a few of the species we can help together.