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
Latest posts - saving species
Protecting Kazakhstan’s grasslands steppes in face of future uncertainty
The Kazakh Steppe ecoregion is a vast area of open grassland in Kazakhstan. Home to many unique species, it is also under increasing pressure. A team of staff, including scientists from the RSPB’s Centre for Conservation Science, visited the region b...Posted 11/08/2022 by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers
Conservation interventions: what works for waders?
Blog by Sean Jellesmark, an Inspire4nature PhD student at University College of London and the Zoological Society of London, working in collaboration with the RSPB. Across Europe, wader populations (order Charadriiformes) are declining at alarming ra...Posted 02/08/2022 by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers
Using moths and birds to investigate the impacts of forest restoration on biodiversity
The Cairngorms Connect partnership is a bold and ambitious 200-year vision to enhance habitats, species and ecological processes across a vast area within the Cairngorms National Park. Christina Hunt is the Centre for Conservation Science’s Conservat...Posted 12/07/2022 by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers
The Seabird Monitoring Programme is changing
From this month, the Seabird Monitoring Programme (SMP) will be changing in how it’s being run. The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) has formed a partnership with the BTO and RSPB, to run this crucial project monitoring the UK’s internation...Posted 04/07/2022 by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers
Conservation Science Awards
The RSPBs three annual awards to recognise and celebrate excellence in conservation science.
The State of the UK's Birds
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