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 Dartford warbler, Arne RSPB reserve, Dorset

Understanding climate change impacts in terrestrial environments

Understanding the threats of current and future climate change on sensitive species to aid conservation prioritisation.

Heathland Upland Wetland Cetti's warbler Common sandpiper Dartford warbler Dipper Dotterel Grey wagtail Slavonian grebe Haweswater Loch Garten, Abernethy Loch Ruthven England Scotland Iceland Norway Climate change Research
RSPB's Hope farm, at the time of the wheat harvest, Knapwell, Cambridgeshire

Understanding ecosystem service trade-offs in agriculture

Agricultural intensification brings great societal benefits from food production, but also has unintended consequences.

Farmland England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales Countries Agriculture Climate change Ecosystem services Research

Unravelling the mysteries of the sociable lapwing

Unravelling the mysteries of the sociable lapwing.

Woodland Farmland Grassland Upland Wetland Lapwing India Iraq Kazakhstan Pakistan Russian Federation Saudi Arabia Sudan Turkey Turkmenistan Uzbekistan Identifying problems International monitoring and indicators UK monitoring and indicators International species Causes of decline Testing solutions and actions New methods and technologies Protected areas Research Species protection
Cuckoo Cuculus canorus, perched in the top of a tree, Co. Durham

Upland bird populations in new native woodland schemes

New native woodland is expected to form a major component of woodland expansion in the uplands.

Woodland Upland Black grouse Cuckoo Lesser redpoll Meadow pipit Tree pipit Whinchat Willow warbler England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales UK species Upland Woodland Research
Male whinchat

Upland songbird research

Diagnosing declines and testing solutions for upland songbirds.

Farmland Grassland Heathland Upland Ring ouzel Twite Whinchat Carngafallt Dove Stone Eastern Moors Geltsdale Haweswater Lake Vyrnwy Wood of Cree Upland Ongoing Research
Abernethy RSPB reserve. Speyside, Scotland.

Upland woodland research

RSPB Abernethy Forest nature reserve has more Caledonian pinewood than any other wood in Scotland.

Woodland Heathland Upland Black grouse Capercaillie Crested tit Crossbill Loch Garten, Abernethy Scotland Upland Woodland Ongoing Research
Redshank Tringa totanus, in breeding plumage, Geltsdale RSPB reserve, Cumbria,

Upper Thames Wader Project

Supporting farmers conserving wetland wildlife along the upper reaches of the River Thames.

Farmland Grassland Curlew Lapwing Oystercatcher Redshank Snipe Yellow wagtail Otmoor England Species protection
Oystercatcher flock in flight over water.

Wader-friendly Farming Initiative

This initiative promotes the incorporation of cost-neutral techniques which benefit farmland wading birds.

Farmland Curlew Lapwing Oystercatcher Snipe Scotland Advocacy
 Black grouse Tetrao tetrix, adult male on lek. Corrimony RSPB reserve. Scotland.

Wales Black Grouse Recovery Project

The project helped restore the diversity of mixed land use of moor edge, rough grazing and woodland.

Woodland Grassland Heathland Upland Black grouse Lake Vyrnwy Wales Advocacy Site protection
 The RSPB Wessex Stone-curlew Project. Wiltshire, England. June 2008. Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus, chick hiding in vegetation, on the edge of a "Stone-curlew plot" created on farmland.

Wessex stone-curlew project

Stone-curlew populations are bouncing back after suffering massive declines since the 1930s.

Farmland Grassland Stone-curlew Winterbourne Downs England Species protection