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Gannet, adult at nest with chick

Tracking seabirds to inform conservation of the marine environment

The UK and its Overseas Territories are home to internationally important populations of seabirds.

Marine and intertidal Gannet Guillemot Herring gull Lesser black-backed gull Puffin Razorbill Albatrosses Henderson petrel Murphy's petrel Northern rockhopper penguin Tristan albatross England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales Identifying problems Marine Research
Tristan da cunha

Tristan da Cunha Programme

As well as around 300 islanders, this mountainous archipelago is home to millions of pairs of seabirds.

International Tristan da Cunha Organisation development Site protection Species protection
Harapan Rainforest, Sumatra, Indonesia

Tropical forests research

The RSPB’s work on tropical forests focuses on two special places - Gola and Harapan.

Indonesia Liberia Sierra Leone Tropical forests Research
Bald ibis, single bird flying in to roost at sunset, Soussmassa Nation Park, Morocco

Turkey Country Programme

Together with Turkish BirdLife International Partner Doga Dernegi, the RSPB is tackling key nature conservation issues.

International Turkey Advocacy Education Organisation development Research Site protection Species protection
Corncrake, Crex crex at Oronsay RSPB reserve, Argyll, Scotland.

Uist crofting

The machair habitats and crofting systems of the Uists support one of the highest densities of breeding waders.

Farmland Grassland Wetland Balranald Scotland Education Site protection Species protection
 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
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