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
Tristan albatross are hatching!
It is Tristan albatross hatching time on Gough Island! It would be hard for anyone to resist photographing these small, fluffy albatross, so Fabrice, Kate and Jaimie (our Gough Island team) took the opportunity to show us the first few days of a youn...Posted 22/03/2018 by Joe J
Sealing Around on Gough Island
Although our main focus on Gough Island is monitoring seabirds leading up to the rodent eradication in 2019, we support other research projects by gathering data on key species living here. The remoteness of Gough Island means there are few opportuni...Posted 09/03/2018 by Laura B
The UK Beached Bird Survey is into it's 28th year
Blog post by Sabine Schmitt, Senior Resarch Assistant, RSPB Centre for Conservation Science. Volunteers out in force Over the last two weeks almost 600 volunteers have braved the elements and surveyed around 2,000 km of UK and Channel Island beaches....Posted 05/03/2018 by Kevin Middleton
What was Project Puffin?
Blog by Georgia Longmoor, RSPB Project Puffin intern and PhD student at the University of Edinburgh Puffins in Peril Puffins are now as vulnerable to extinction as loggerhead turtles and giant pandas, and we’re seeing fewer and fewer puffins in the w...Posted 02/03/2018 by Kevin Middleton
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.