Centre for Conservation Science
We do this by identifying the most important problems, discovering their possible causes, testing potential solutions to those causes and ensuring that they work when implemented. We work both throughout the UK and overseas alongside a wide range of funders and partners.
What we do
We identify species of greatest conservation concern from surveys and monitoring. Subsequent research often aims to identify causes of population declines and test potential solutions.
Our research in upland systems focuses on understanding the changes in bird populations and their habitats.
To address continuing agricultural change and the pressures it places on wildlife, we operate a large and varied research and monitoring programme across all types of UK farmland.
Meet the team
Using science to find practical solutions to the most pressing conservation problems
Working with us
Conservation Science Awards
The RSPBs three annual awards to recognise and celebrate excellence in conservation science.
The State of the UK's Birds
Latest blog posts
Happy World Curlew Day
As we celebrate World Curlew Day today, Sarah Sanders, Project Manager for the RSPB’s Curlew Recovery Programme looks back at the efforts made over the past 12 months and what we need to do in the future to help save this threatened wading bird. The ...Posted 21/04/2019 by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers
From Sand Lance to Sandeel – a Special Relationship
Blog by: Dr Euan Dunn, RSPB Principal Policy Officer Last week, two US members of Congress – Debbie Dingell (Democrat, Michigan) and Brian Mast (Republican, Florida) – introduced bipartisan legislation, the ‘Forage Fish Conservation Act’, to promot...Posted 18/04/2019 by Chiara Ceci
Working in partnership to save the curlew
The RSPB is working as part of the Northern Upland Chain Local Partnership to help save the curlew across our protected landscapes in Northern England. RSPB Conservation Officer Elisabeth Charman explains more. Beautiful yet haunting, the evocative s...Posted 17/04/2019 by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers
How connection to nature changes with age
Blog by Dr Joelene Hughes, Senior Conservation Scientist, RSPB Centre for Conservation Science Connecting people to nature, is considered vital to grow support for nature and motivate conservation behaviour. A “connection to nature” is essentially an...Posted 16/04/2019 by Chiara Ceci
The State of Nature in the UK and its Overseas Territories. PDF, 8.3MbState of Nature 2016
The SUKB report, is a one-stop shop for all the latest results from annual, periodic and one-off surveys and monitoring programmes. PDF, 2.5MbState of the UK's birds 2016
The annual report of the Wetland Bird Survey. PDF, 5MbWaterbirds in the UK 2014-2015
This case study focuses on the evidence available in support of the RSPB's position on renewables. PDF, 542KbCase study no 15: Renewable energy and conservation science
Part of a collection that aims to highlight RSPB science from the last decade. PDF, 389KbCase study no 16: Climate change research
Understanding woodland bird declines. PDF, 392KbCase Study No. 17: Can not see the wood for the trees!
The UK's leading bird conservation organisations have worked together to review the status of birds in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. PDF, 1.7MbBird of conservation concern 4
How are we doing?
We've been making changes and we'd love to know what you think.