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.
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 today’s announcement from Defra to “ban” burning on blanket bog in England
Following the Scottish Government’s announcement that it would end burning on deep peat, and the Committee on Climate Change’s call to end rotational burning, the UK Government has made a similar commitment today. Any progress on this issue is, of co...Posted 29/01/2021 by MartinHarper
A comment on Blue Monday 2021
Some claim that today is "Blue Monday" - the most depressing of the day of the year because the weather is rubbish, the holiday season is over and there are big bills to pay. This may or may not be correct but it is certainly true that many people s...Posted 18/01/2021 by MartinHarper
An assessment of what Brexit and the new UK-EU trade deal mean for nature
In what seems a lifetime ago, on 23 June 2016 the UK voted to leave the European Union. Our environmental laws and agriculture/fisheries policies had been shaped by our membership of the EU for over 43 years, so at the time the vote to leave the EU ...Posted 11/01/2021 by MartinHarper
The challenge for 2021: to make giant steps towards a net zero and nature positive world
Amidst the turmoil of 2020, you may have missed the publication of a paper prepared by all the world’s leading conservation organisations (including BirdLife International) that called for a new Global Goal for Nature. Designed to influence the glob...Posted 03/01/2021 by MartinHarper