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
GB Red Lists: Regional IUCN Assessments of Extinction Risk
Blog by Dr Andrew Brown, Principal Specialist - Species, at Natural England Our State of Nature Report makes much use of the results of recent GB Red-listing exercises. These are assessments of the current risk of individual species becoming extinct...Posted 09/10/2019 by Chiara Ceci
The making of State of Nature 2019
Blog by Dr Daniel Hayhow, Conservation Scientist, RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, lead author of State of Nature 2019 report. From the start-up meeting for the third State of Nature report in July 2018 with Partners, new and old, through to the...Posted 08/10/2019 by Chiara Ceci
New authorship guideline for the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science
Blog by Dr Juliet Vickery, Head of International Conservation Science, RSPB Centre for Conservation Science "Publish or perish" - A phrase coined to describe the pressure in academia to rapidly and continually publish academic work to sustain or fur...Posted 25/09/2019 by Chiara Ceci
RSPB Bempton Cliffs: Puffin Panorama
Guest blog by Ali Barrat, Puffineer volunteer, Project Puffin UK At the height of the breeding season, the towering chalk cliffs of the Yorkshire Coast are transformed into a seabird city with nearly half a million seabirds, of which, less than 1% ar...Posted 23/09/2019 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