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.
We often examine historical records to find patterns of change in distribution and abundance and to assess the likelihood that different environmental factors may be causing declines. Detailed field studies may test particular hypotheses or identify key habitats or demographic problems.
Where we can identify the causes of population declines, we can test potential remedies in the field. It may then be possible to roll out successful interventions at a larger scale - unsuccessful measures may need to be refined or abandoned. The pages in this section highlight some of the recent and current species-focused research conducted by the RSPB in the UK.