• Living in the margins; the life of a modern nightingale

    Adrian Thomas, our #SaveLodgeHill campaign manager, explains some of changes that have been affecting nightingales, and the work underway to help them - and how you can go and experience them for yourself in the next six weeks. And remember to send your...
    • 13 Apr 2018
  • Let Natural England Champion the Wildlife: and why not start with Bowland Fells?

    The Forest of Bowland regularly finds itself on the front line of intense efforts to reconcile the pressures of landuse, practically the intensive management of moorland to support the driven grouse shooting industry, with the need to conserve the areas...
    • 11 Apr 2018
  • Road to nowhere - track threat to Walshaw Moor

    Our Senior Conservation Officer, Tim Melling has been involved in our work to tackle the threats to Walshaw Moor for several years - here he gives us an updated and provides an urgent call to action. We need your help to put a stop to a planning application...
    • 27 Mar 2018
  • RSPB welcomes Government decision to refuse permission for opencast coal mine in Northumberland

    This is a short initial reaction to today's news that Secretary of State Sajid Javid has decided that permission should be refused for the proposal for an opencast mine at Druridge Bay in Northumberland. The refusal of permission as a direct consequence...
    • 23 Mar 2018
  • Dearne Valley's green heart listed for greater protection

    It is fantastic to see that Natural England is considering protecting a list of nationally important wildlife sites . Protected wildlife sites are a national asset, covering beautiful flower rich meadows, seabird colonies and expansive moorlands. All...
    • 21 Mar 2018
  • Campaign Update - Save Lodge Hill

    Edit on 1 May 2018: Medway Council have extended the consultation deadline to 25 June 2018 . Please tell them today to Save Lodge Hill . The battle to Save Lodge Hill is so important and has such far reaching consequences for wildlife that it...
    • 20 Mar 2018
  • Building a Britain Fit for the Future

    Six years ago there was something of a revolution in the world of English planning policy when the former Coalition Government launched its National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which reduced about a thousand pages of policy into a succinct document...
    • 7 Mar 2018
  • #SaveLodgeHill: Please get ready, we may need your help again

    Adrian Thomas, #SaveLodgeHill Campaign Manager, brings us up to date on the threat to the UK's only site protected specially for nightingales, whose numbers have fallen by 91% in the last 40 years. Last year, 12,500 of you sent letters to Medway...
    • 8 Feb 2018
  • The 3 Cs and Nature

    There’s something about alliterating names which is strangely popular. Take CCC, for example. No, I don’t mean County Cricket Club or even the Committee on Climate Change, but Congestion, Capacity, Carbon . That’s the title of the National...
    • 15 Jan 2018
  • Doom that gloom ... visit British South Georgia

    Blog written by Sacha Cleminson (RSPB's Senior Policy Officer (International)) All picture credits Sacha Cleminson Gloom, gloom and doom. Threats. Decline. Inaction and mass extinction. Urgh, sometimes being a nature lover can be a drag as...
    • 3 Jan 2018
  • Early Christmas

    The Christmas lights are already on in my local high street and it’s clearly the time of year when the Government and others (including ourselves at the RSPB) deliver Christmas presents in the form of announcements and publications of various kinds...
    • 4 Dec 2017
  • The first urban nature reserve in Central Asia?

    Story by Geoff Welch, International Management Plans Adviser Taldykol and the Astana skyline, September 2014 (Matt Self, RSPB) They say that the best things in life are worth waiting for and that definitely applies to ACBK’s (BirdLife...
    • 29 Nov 2017
  • Picking up the pieces - Post-hurricane news from RSPB’s Caribbean partners two months on

    Story by Lyndon John (UK Overseas Territories Officer - Caribbean) This week, the world’s attention is on the 23 rd meeting of the UNFCCC Climate Change Conference of Parties in Bonn, Germany. While we are hoping that progress will be made by...
    • 20 Nov 2017
  • Planning for the right homes in the right places

    When it comes to housing, saving special places means we have to build the right homes in the right places, a familiar theme of this blog. That’s what the planning system is meant to help us do. The national problem is that we’re not building...
    • 3 Nov 2017
  • Congratulations to Serah Munguti – Finalist for the Tusk Conservation Award

    Saving Special Places is delighted to host this guest blog from our colleagues Sarah Sanders, Lesley Safford and Helen Byron Serah Munguti, Communications and Advocacy Manager, at our BirdLife Partner Nature Kenya www.naturekenya.org , has been selected...
    • 5 Oct 2017
  • Giving Nature a Home at Kingsbrook

    At Kingsbrook, Aylesbury, Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Thames, the RSPB and Aylesbury Vale District Council are working to create a great example of a nature-friendly development that reflects the benchmark we wish to see in future developments...
    • 19 Sep 2017
  • Perspectives on Hurricane Irma

    Few of us will not have been transfixed by the unfolding trail of devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma - as the long journey to recovery starts Elizabeth Radford, our Senior UK Overseas Territories Officer, looks at the impact on our friends and colleagues...
    • 13 Sep 2017
  • A bold and brilliant vision for Cambridgeshire's Block Fen

    Some good news brought to us in a guest blog by our Conservation Officer Amy Crossley At the heart of the Fens lies the Ouse Washes – a wetland wonder that has survived the extensive historic drainage of the Fens. It’s survival due to its...
    • 8 Sep 2017
  • Breaking news: Nightingales get reprieve at Lodge Hill

    An urgent and welcome update from Adrian Thomas, #SaveLodgeHill campaign manager Today (5 September 2017), news came through that the planning application for 5,000 houses at Lodge Hill, Medway, that would effectively have destroyed the best site for...
    • 6 Sep 2017
  • Inner Niger Delta threatened by Fomi Dam construction

    Written by Bruce Liggitt, Senior International Casework Officer, RSPB The Niger River, rising in the moist highlands of Guinea, feeds into the Inner Niger Delta, one of the largest and most important floodplains in Africa, extending some 400 km in...
    • 3 Aug 2017
  • Breaking new ground for nature

    As the Nature After Minerals (NAM) programme celebrates ten years of working with the minerals industry to help create homes for wildlife, Debra Royal reflects on the thinking behind the programme, its activity over this last decade and its hopes for...
    • 26 Jul 2017
  • Our response to World Heritage Site status for the Lake District

    The news that the Lake District has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site brings opportunities and challenges - our Cumbria Area Manager, Bill Kenmir reflects on the future of the world-famous Lake District and the wildlife that it could support...
    • 12 Jul 2017
  • Better planning should reflect nature's value

    The latest 2017 edition of Conservation Planner is essential reading for planners, ecologists and others working to save special places. It leads with an introduction to natural capital and its role in planning from RSPB senior economist Dr Katherine...
    • 20 Jun 2017
  • Can we afford nature-friendly homes?

    Building the homes the nation needs has been the subject of much political attention, both in February’s Housing White Paper and the recent general election. As Martin Harper blogged yesterday , t he RSPB recognises the challenges in delivering...
    • 15 Jun 2017
  • Springwatch filming live from the Isles of Scilly

    It's exciting news from Jaclyn Pearson, Project Manager for the Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project. BBC Springwatch have been filming on St Agnes, Isles of Scilly to showcase our Manx shearwaters! The Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project...
    • 14 Jun 2017