• Bittern breakfast events back by popular demand!

    At RSPB Dungeness, one of the first signs of spring is a booming sound that carries far across the water.

    This strange call is great news for the reserve team. It means Britain’s loudest bird, the bittern, has returned to breed again.

    Once extinct in the UK, bitterns have only been booming at RSPB Dungeness since 2009, yet despite the relatively recent appearance, they are now regular visitors. Last year, bitterns…

    • 19 Feb 2019
  • Discover the Brighton and Hove Swift City Project

    Image by Ben AndrewIn spring and summer, the skies above Brighton and Hove come alive with swifts, as these aerial acrobats dart and dash through the skies, chasing insects for dinner.

    But across the UK, swifts are in trouble, with their breeding numbers plummeting fast.

    The number of UK swifts has dropped by more than 50% over the past 10 years and they need our help.

    Across Brighton and Hove, residents are already hard at work to help…

    • 31 Jan 2019
  • Doing more, together, to save South East nature - Day 7 - Halting declines

    We can do more for nature when we work together! We've pulled together some great examples of how businesses, partners, supporters and individuals have helped us achieve even more for nature in 2018.

    We know that some UK species are in serious decline, and we've been investigating the best ways to help halt declines and create more robust populations. One of these species is the iconic turtle dove.

    Most often…

    • 16 Dec 2018
  • Doing more, together, to save South East nature - Day 6, inspiring people!

    We can do more for nature when we work together! We've pulled together some great examples of how businesses, partners, supporters and individuals have helped us achieve even more for nature in 2018.

    We really depend on donations made by our members and our communities to fund important projects and to protect our most vulnerable UK wildlife. Christmas is the perfect time to give thanks to our members, funders and…

    • 15 Dec 2018
  • Save Lodge Hill - Campaigning together to save special places

    The battle to Save Lodge Hill is so important and has such far reaching consequences for wildlife that it brought together the leading conservation charities with one voice.

    The Wildlife Trusts, Woodland Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Buglife, Friends of the North Kent Marshes and Medway Countryside Forum have all been fighting to #SaveLodgeHill for wildlife too. Together, our members and supporters have been taking act…

    • 14 Dec 2018
  • Doing more, together, to save South East nature - Day 5, improving habitats!

    We can do more for nature when we work together! We've pulled together some great examples of how businesses, partners, supporters and individuals have helped us achieve even more for nature in 2018.

    Our reserves are constantly evolving landscapes and need a lot of maintenance to ensure that they are in the best possible condition to attract and provide great homes for our most vulnerable wildlife. This can require…

    • 14 Dec 2018
  • Doing more, together, for South East nature - Day 4, Fighting climate change!

    We can do more for nature when we work together! We've pulled together some great examples of how businesses, partners, supporters and individuals have helped us achieve even more for nature in 2018.

    The effects of climate change on our reserves is becoming more apparent year upon year. From rising sea levels at RSPB Dungeness, to threats to heathland at RSPB Blean, we’re facing new challenges all the time to try…

    • 13 Dec 2018
  • Doing more, together, to save South East nature - Day 2, field crickets!

    We can do more for nature when we work together! We've pulled together some great examples of how businesses, partners, supporters and individuals have helped us achieve even more for nature in 2018.

    Bringing field crickets Back from the Brink

    Earlier this year, a team of volunteers, led by species expert and license holder Mike Edwards, set out to find field crickets at a secret location, and then relocate them…

    • 10 Dec 2018
  • Breeding bitterns at RSPB Brading Marshes set records as Isle of Wight first!

    One of Britain’s loudest birds, the bittern, had never been heard booming on the Isle of Wight before this spring, when its distinctive mating call was heard by staff at RSPB Brading Marshes.

    We can now reveal we are confident that the secretive birds successfully bred at the newly restored wetland, making this the first ever bittern breeding record for the Isle of Wight.

    Bittern peeking out of the reedbedBitterns are highly camouflaged and can be…

    • 7 Dec 2018
  • Doing more, together, to save South East nature - Day 3 - Connecting communities!

    We can do more for nature when we work together! We've pulled together some great examples of how businesses, partners, supporters and individuals have helped us achieve even more for nature in 2018.

    Helping everyone get closer to nature at RSPB Pagham Harbour

    RSPB Pagham Harbour is nestled just on the coastline below Chichester, West Sussex. Its coastal location, combined with wide open farmland, a maze of reedbed…

    • 4 Dec 2018
  • Doing more, together, to save South East nature - Day 1, Bitterns!

    We can do more for nature when we work together! We've pulled together some great examples of how businesses, partners, supporters and individuals have helped us achieve even more for nature in 2018.

    Bittern, had never been heard booming on the Isle of Wight before this spring, when its distinctive mating call was heard by staff at our RSPB Brading Marshes reserve.

    We are now confident that the secretive birds successfully…

    • 4 Dec 2018
  • Go Wild in the South East with the National Lottery this December

     From 3-9 December 2018, selected RSPB reserves are offering free entry to National Lottery players as part of national #ThanksToYou celebrations.

    Trails at RSPB Pulborough Brooks, West Sussex, RSPB Dungeness, Kent, and RSPB Rainham Marshes, London, will be free to National Lottery players during the week of 3-9 December 2018. The RSPB nature reserves are joining hundreds of participating National Lottery-funded visitor…

    • 23 Nov 2018
  • Crickets… on a sticky wicket

    The sound of leather on willow, the gentle clink of teacups against saucers and the soothing ‘harp’ of field crickets... This archetypal soundtrack of rural England was almost lost forever in the 1980s, when there were less than 100 field crickets to be found in the whole country. 

    This beautiful black and gold invertebrate was once abundant in the South of England. Today, its high-pitched and rare chirrup…

    • 5 Nov 2018
  • Rewarding volunteers

    The RSPB President’s Award is our chance to recognise exceptional volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution to the work of the RSPB. In effect it is the RSPB’s equivalent of a volunteering “Oscar” and we only give out a small number each year.

    This year, one of the much deserving winners was a member of one of our South East local groups.

    George Noble has been a champion fundraiser…

    • 5 Nov 2018
  • Discover iconic, historic 'Sound Mirrors' at RSPB Lade Pits, Kent.

    Capture iconic UK landmarks on camera at the RSPB’s Lade Pits reserve, Kent.

    Immerse yourself in military history at the RSPB’s Lade Pits reserve, Kent, as you learn about the iconic concrete structures known as the Sound Mirrors.


    The 200ft concrete structures are fascinating pieces of history. Developed as an early form of RADAR, they dominate the landscape at the RSPB Lade Pits nature reserve, and are situated…

    • 16 Aug 2018
  • Wild Challenge - Take a Pond Dip!

    What is Wild Challenge?

     

    Wild Challenge is a brilliant opportunity for families to connect with the natural world in exciting new ways – to reach out and touch it and meet it head-on, up-close and personal.

     

    Our free online Wild Challenge activities are divided into two sections – helping and experiencing nature. There are a range of fun challenges to choose from and bronze, silver and gold awards to achieve…

    • 2 Aug 2018
  • Wild Challenge - Bug Safari

    What is Wild Challenge?

     

    Wild Challenge is a brilliant opportunity for families to connect with the natural world in exciting new ways – to reach out and touch it and meet it head-on, up-close and personal.

     

    Our free online Wild Challenge activities are divided into two sections – helping and experiencing nature. There are a range of fun challenges to choose from and bronze, silver and gold awards to achieve…

    • 26 Jul 2018
  • Wild Challenge - Discover tracks and signs

    What is Wild Challenge?

     

    Wild Challenge is a brilliant opportunity for families to connect with the natural world in exciting new ways – to reach out and touch it and meet it head-on, up-close and personal.

     

    Our free online Wild Challenge activities are divided into two sections – helping and experiencing nature. There are a range of fun challenges to choose from and bronze, silver and gold awards to achieve…

    • 20 Jul 2018
  • Wild Challenge - Exploring Amazing Moths!

    What is Wild Challenge?

     

    Wild Challenge is a brilliant opportunity for families to connect with the natural world in exciting new ways – to reach out and touch it and meet it head-on, up-close and personal.

     

    Our free online Wild Challenge activities are divided into two sections – helping and experiencing nature. There are a range of fun challenges to choose from and bronze, silver and gold awards to achieve…

    • 12 Jul 2018
  • A better countryside is possible but a strong watchdog is needed to protect it

    Many people are surprised to discover that there's probably not an inch of the UK's landscape which isn't managed in some form or another, most of it by farmers. Yet they rarely get the credit they deserve as custodians of our green and pleasant land. Keeping it that way is hard work and it's governed by laws created to curb the occasional rogue farmer who puts profit before land and wildlife. Right now there are proposals…

    • 5 Jul 2018
  • Wondrous Wildflowers

    by Guest blogger Rose Hancock Pook.

    From kingcup to foxglove, goat’s beard to scarlet pimpernel, each spring and summer wildflowers and the meadows, woodlands and hedgerows they thrive in awaken in an incredible display of life and colour

    Why are wildflowers so important?

    Few habitats in Britain can match the diversity of life found in wildflower meadows. Formed by hundreds of years of traditional farming methods…

    • 28 Jun 2018
  • We know you've been waiting...Big Wild Sleepout is back!

    The RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout returns for a sixth sensational year, and over the summer months, thousands of children and their families will be pitching tents at RSPB reserves across the UK, hoping to discover the night time creatures are living on their doorstep.

     

    And our RSPB South East reserves offer truly unique environments so campers can get even closer to nature, but be warned, places sell out fast!

     

    • 22 Jun 2018
  • Don't ponder. Support struggling wildlife by building a garden pond.

    After much consideration and analysis of your sightings of wildlife visiting your homes, we have come up with a single action we can all undertake that will have the biggest impact for biodiversity.

    Before I reveal that, let’s take time out to celebrate the fact that more than 54,000 people took part in the survey across the south east. A huge thank you because there’s no way we could ever gather this quantity and…

    • 21 Jun 2018
  • South Coast RSPB reserve attracts American Royal

     A rare American Royal tern has appeared at RSPB Pagham Harbour this week, which is believed to be a first for UK mainland.

     

    RSPB Pagham Harbour, West Sussex, has gained a reputation for being one of the best locations to spot rare tern species, with threatened roseate and black terns briefly visiting last year. Thousands of visitors flocked to the site last June, when a rare elegant tern arrived with a breeding colony…

    • 20 Jun 2018
  • The tiny creature making big news at RSPB Broadwater Warren

    Ten years ago the RSPB took on Broadwater Warren near Tunbridge Wells and started a restoration programme of what had become a conifer plantation back in to native woods and heathland. It is a slow transformation but there are indications of success, including the gentle spread of dormice throughout the woods.

    These nocturnal creatures hibernate over winter and spend most of the summer in tree branches. They strip bark…

    • 20 Jun 2018