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
Let's hear it for the little guys
Blog by RSPB's Head of Monitoring Conservation Science, Richard Gregory and UCL's Postdoctoral Research Associate, Charlie Outhwaite discuss their new paper out today in Nature, Ecology and Evolution. Biodiversity loss is increasingly hitting the he...Posted 13/02/2020 by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers
Taking ‘Favourable Conservation Status’ out of the ‘too difficult’ box – the science bit
Favourable Conservation Status is a concept enshrined in international, European and national nature protection laws which aims to identify what good looks like for habitats and species, and therefore what conservationists should be aiming to achieve...Posted 13/02/2020 by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers
New study: are teen seabirds safe?
Guest blog by Birdlife's Communications Manager, Shaun Hurrell. Seabirds have an exploratory adolescent phase, often looking for food in ocean areas quite different to breeding adults. A new collaborative BirdLife study warns that current seabird pro...Posted 05/02/2020 by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers
How does climate change affect garden birds?
The RSPB's Conservation Scientist Daniel Hayhow discusses climate change and garden birds. Our climate is changing. 2019 was the Earth’s second warmest year since modern records began in 1880. The average UK temperature has increased roughly 1deg C s...Posted 27/01/2020 by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers
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