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Staff at work Rob Macklin, former warden, making a bird census. North Warren RSPB reserve, Suffolk

Bird surveys in the UK

Data on the state of the UK’s birds provides a crucial part of the evidence base underpinning conservation.

Woodland Farmland Grassland Heathland Marine and intertidal Upland Urban and suburban Wetland UK bird species Reserve England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales Identifying problems Ongoing Research
 Black grouse Tetrao tetrix, adult male on lek. Corrimony RSPB reserve. Scotland.

Black grouse: conservation review work 2009-2012

Across the UK, black grouse populations have undergone a long-term decline throughout their range.

Upland Black grouse Scotland Advocacy Species protection
Redshank Tringa totanus, in breeding plumage, Geltsdale RSPB reserve, Cumbria,

Bowland wader project

Bowland’s important populations of breeding lapwings, curlews, redshanks, snipe and oystercatchers are declining.

Farmland Grassland Upland Curlew Lapwing Redshank Snipe Leighton Moss Marshside England UK species Advocacy Education Research Species protection
Stone curlew, Oedicnemus burhinus, adults changing over at their nest on a plot managed specially for them at Winterbourne Downs RSPB reserve, Wessex Stone curlew project.

Brecks focus area

Help and advice for farmers is part of the work undertaken by RSPB advisors and the Brecks is no exception.

Farmland Grassland Barn owl Corn bunting Grey partridge Lapwing Linnet Reed bunting Skylark Snipe Stone-curlew Tree sparrow Turtle dove Yellow wagtail Yellowhammer England Advocacy Research Species protection
The reedy fringe of Elney Lake, at Fen Drayton RSPB reserve, Cambridgeshire, England. February 2007.

Bringing reedbeds to life

The RSPB is bringing reedbeds to life across the UK - every buzzing, crawling, slithering, fluttering part of them.

Wetland Bittern England Site protection
Oystercatcher sitting on nest

Broads farm advice focus area

By working with farmers and other landowners we can create a network of well-managed habitats.

Farmland Grassland Wetland Berney Marshes and Breydon Water England Advocacy Species protection
A landscape (as seen from the road near the President's Lodge site), Gola, Sierra Leone

Building conservation capacity in Sierra Leone

The RSPB has had a 20-year history of supporting front line conservation in Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone Advocacy Education Organisation development
Twite Carduelis flavirostris, adult perched side-on upon barb wire fence. RSPB reserve, North Uist

Caithness wetlands and waders initiative

The RSPB is working in partnership with agriculturalists and farmers in Caithness to provide the best possible habitats.

Farmland Grassland Wetland Curlew Lapwing Oystercatcher Redshank Snipe Scotland Advocacy Site protection Species protection
Male capercaillie displaying

Capercaillie biodiversity action plan

Today, fewer than 2000 capercaillie remain in Scotland’s fragmented pine forests.

Woodland Upland Capercaillie Loch Garten, Abernethy Scotland Advocacy Species protection
House sparrow male, perched on edge of garden shed roof

Causes of population decline of urban house sparrows

Large declines of urban-suburban house sparrow populations have been recorded in many towns and cities across Europe.

Urban and suburban House sparrow England Species protection