Redshank Tringa totanus, in breeding plumage, Geltsdale RSPB reserve, Cumbria

Planning naturally

Good land use planning has a key role in the RSPB's mission to save nature.

How we will do it

To do this, we engage with planning systems in the UK and abroad, in order to protect important wildlife sites and to promote biodiversity in development.

The global biodiversity crisis continues unabated. Even in the UK, we are failing to halt biodiversity loss. The recent report, State of Nature, shows just how significant the losses are. 

We have signed up to a new, more demanding target - to halt the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020, and to restore them so far as is feasible.

Planning for biodiversity and the natural environment has never been more important. The Planning Naturally report shows how planning for biodiversity should be integral to every part of the planning process, and inspires with examples of good practice.

The report was published in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and the Royal Town Planning Institute. It is structured around 12 principles of good spatial planning, and illustrates them with case studies from all four countries of the UK, as well as some international examples.