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
Putting species on the map
Blog by Dr Graeme Buchanan, Principal Conservation Scientist, RSPB Centre for Conservation Science As a conservationist working with maps, I sometimes feel I can relate to those early cartographers who, with limited knowledge of the nature of areas t...Posted 18/07/2019 by Chiara Ceci
Where have all the sparrows gone? Avian malaria linked to the decline of this iconic species
Guest blog post by Dr Daria Dadam, Research Ecologist, British Trust for Ornithology (formerly at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London). Once a ubiquitous sight and sound of our cities, the house sparrow (Passer domesticus) is now a...Posted 17/07/2019 by Chiara Ceci
The loss of fallow land and farmland birds in Spain
Blog post by Prof Richard Gregory, Head of Species Monitoring and Research, RSPB Centre for Conservation Science and Centre for Biodiversity & Environment Research, University College London Farmland wildlife is threatened right across Europe and th...Posted 11/07/2019 by Chiara Ceci
The Time Is Now for Nature Funding
Blog by Alistair Taylor, RSPB Senior Policy Officer, Nature Directives Natural England has this week published a report, “Evaluation of EU LIFE Fund in the UK” which is a case in point for the challenge we face in tackling the biodiversity and climat...Posted 03/07/2019 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.