Ten things to do for nature and you in ‘22

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Blue tit perched on berry covered branch in autumn

It’s a brand new year! But what will it bring? Maybe you fancy a sneak or a spy, or possibly to shout – not at the birds, but for the birds. Here are our ten recommended things to do ‘22 for nature, and for you.

Blue tit perched on berry covered branch in autumn
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Sneak... 

It’s not often you can sneak around with a film star and get away with it, but you can this January at some of our reserves! Robin Robin has been a Christmas Netflix hit, telling the story of a robin raised by mice who go on big sneaks to find food. Your family can go on their own big sneak around some of our reserves, complete with activity packs with fun things to do and audio trails featuring messages from the star herself.
Find out more here.

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Spy… 

In 2021, one million people took part in or Big Garden Birdwatch – we want to beat that this year! It is fun, free and for everyone – all you need to do is spy on the birds in your garden, from your balcony or in your local park for one hour and send us the results.
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Shout... 

If there was ever a time to shout for nature, it is now. The RSPB will be fighting to ensure nature’s voice is heard at significant events this year, including the COP15 Biodiversity Conference in China. We will also be shouting for legally binding targets to drive nature’s recovery and holding Governments to account over the much-needed changes to the way we look after our countryside. But our voice is much stronger if you shout with us. To find out more about becoming an RSPB campaigner, click here.

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Snooze... less 

Some things are worth getting up early for and the dawn chorus is up there with the best of them. If you have done it before, you know why. If you haven’t, make this the year you let a symphony of birdsong supercharge your soul as you soak up one of the most amazing natural experiences the UK has to offer. The best time to head outside, or just stick your head out of the window, is just before sunrise in late April to early June. But if you want to take part in the official Dawn Chorus Day, it is on Sunday May 1 2022. More information about the RSPB’s events will be appearing on our website soon.   

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Sparkle… more 

Although this is a good tip in general, we’re talking specifically about birdfeeders. By keeping them sparkly clean, we can help Greenfinch who are in serious trouble. The once common garden visitor is now on the Birds of Conservation Concern Red List, seeing a decline of 63% since 1993. One of the reasons is the disease trichomonsis which can be spread by contaminated bird food. Regularly cleaning your feeders can really help bring this colourful character back from the brink, here’s how.

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Save... 

Summer simply wouldn’t be the same without the house martins and swifts soaring overhead. But both species have also suffered serious declines and have moved to the red list.

You can help in a number of ways, see below for handy tips.

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Seek out... 

This year why not seek out a new adventure at one the 170 brilliant and beautiful RSPB reserves you have never visited before. From ospreys at Loch Garton in the Scottish Highlands, to bitterns at Dungeness in southern England, our reserves are some of the best places in the country to see the star wildlife of the UK.  If want a tip, this year is going to be a special one for RSPB Minsmere which celebrates its 75th anniversary. It is also one of the best places in the country to see the iconic avocet.

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Stress... 

To the decision makers that we can’t halt climate change without saving our wildlife and the places they live. It is impossible to achieve one without the other. Just like we did at COP26, we hope people will join us as we campaign for the recovery of nature to be a vital part of any conversations around reducing the impact of climate change. To find out more about becoming an RSPB campaigner, click here!

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Slow down... 

The truth is for many of us life can often seem far removed from nature. Just stepping out of the high paced, screen-based lives we live for a moment can make all the difference. Whether it is a hike into the hills, a trip to the park to feed the ducks or just watching a sparrow taking a dip in a puddle, any time you can let nature into your life has to be a good thing. You can find out more about the benefits of nature on human health here.

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Celebrate... 

Okay we know it isn’t an “S” but we want to get to the end of 2022 and have real cause to celebrate nature’s success stories. It can be hard to not get overwhelmed with the global scale of the issues we’re facing, but by joining the RSPB you are helping to make a real difference. Thanks to the support of our members, we have seen many successes in 2021 – from cranes breeding for the first time in 500 years in Oxfordshire, to Golden Eagles breeding on Orkney again after a 40 year absence. You can see more of our 2021 highlights here: Nature highlights from 2021 

Together we can do this… Join us today