Find out more about the RSPB’s positions on a diverse range of issues which include things such as agriculture, marine protection, climate change and safeguarding sites.
Response for nature
The State of Nature report found that 60 per cent of UK species studied had declined in recent decades. This left the question: 'what needs to be done to improve the fate of nature in the UK?'
In this section
Agriculture and land-use
The RSPB campaigns for policies providing fair deals for farmers, consumers and wildlife.
We work on policies to reduce gas emissions that cause climate change and to allow wildlife to adapt to climate change.
We need as many children as possible to be engaged with nature, so they value it and prioritise it.
Forestry and native woods
We believe the environmental, social and economic benefits provided by the UK's woodland can be increased.
Human health and nature
Learn about the RSPB's views on health and nature, from the use of green spaces and natural habitats to reducing stress.
Marine and coastal
Explore the RSPB's views on marine and coastal policy. From laws that protect our sealife, to oil-spills and fishing.
Safeguarding wildlife sites
Many of our most important places for wildlife are now protected as Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Water and wetlands
Water is a precious resource, but the demands we are placing on our water environment are increasingly unsustainable.
Martin Harper, RSPB Director of Conservation blog
A comment on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the work of the RSPB
Since I last wrote on 17 March, our whole way of life has been upended. From a personal perspective, it's probably been the most challenging period of my career and arguably some of the most challenging weeks in the long history of the RSPB. We’ve ...Posted 06/04/2020 by MartinHarper
An update on the Gough Island restoration programme
As I said in my previous post, we have been doing a lot of contingency planning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is to make sure that as much of the RSPB's work keeps going as possible. That is the aim, but we also must be practical and ensure...Posted 17/03/2020 by MartinHarper
Short comment on the delay in the UN Convention on Biological Diversity negotiations
It is now inevitable yet still deeply disappointing that I shall have to report postponements of major conservation initiatives over the coming days. Today's has particular symbolism. October 2020 was supposed to be the month the world made a renew...Posted 17/03/2020 by MartinHarper
Why 18,458 is a magic number
This past week has been intense and deeply unsettling. It is now clear that our lives will be massively disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Like everyone else, we have been doing contingency planning designed to keep the RSPB's work going, adher...Posted 15/03/2020 by MartinHarper