This programme of surveys underpins much of our conservation work and is vital in defining priority action for species, and in measuring the success or failure of these.
Monitoring varies from a single species to many species, from a single site to landscapes, countries and continents and from annual counts to those repeated at fixed intervals of years.
Sound monitoring information lies at the heart of our evidence-led approach to conservation. Results are often synthesised into overview reports, red lists and indicators, giving a measure of the wider health of the natural world.
The overall purpose of our monitoring work is to provide scientific information to underpin, review and steer the RSPB’s conservation objectives.
Our monitoring work is often carried out in partnership with organisations with complementary interests and expertise. We work closely with a range of NGOs and the Statutory Conservation Agencies. There are a whole range of benefits to working in partnership.
Much of our monitoring is UK-based, but we are increasingly working overseas, in Europe, RSPB focal countries and the UK’s Overseas Territories.