• It's that time of year again ...

    Nick Baker, Naturalist, Author, Broadcaster and RSPB Vice President describes his Big Garden Birdwatch from home in Devon … 
     
    Garden birdwatching for most of us is a quick glance out of the window every now and again; while we’ve got our hands in the sink or in my case when something catches my eye when I’m sitting at my desk writing. For example, yesterday a commotion and alarm calls made me lift my head to a…

    • 13 Jan 2020
  • Top Garden Birds of England

    RSPB Communication's Officer, Lucy Hodson, delves into the garden birds that are the top visitors to English gardens, based on the results of the world's largest wildlife survey - the Big Garden Birdwatch.

    Each year in January, thousands of people just like you, give us an hour of their time to tell us about the wildlife visiting gardens and green spaces. The Big Garden Birdwatch has been running since 1979, and…

    • 10 Jan 2020
  • RSPB England's Bird of the Decade: Bittern

    RSPB England’s, Beth Markey, delves into the history and behaviour of the bittern – a bird that has defied the odds and made its way back into the hearts and minds of bird lovers across the country.

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    Once numerous across our wetlands, bitterns have overcome enormous hurdles in a seemingly endless battle…

    • 3 Jan 2020
  • Why are robins associated with Christmas?

    Sydney Henderson, Communications Officer for RSPB England, tells us why robins and Christmas go together ...

    This year the first-ever robin migration was tracked, as a tiny nanotag allowed researchers to follow a heroic 140-mile journey across the North Sea. And what better time to reflect on the small-but-mighty robin, than Christmas time. But why are robins associated with Christmas? And just how far back does the tradition…

    • 19 Dec 2019
  • A third of Britons don’t have time to fix the environment crisis, suggests new poll

    RSPB England Communications Officer Beth Markey reflects on the findings of a new poll, and suggests things we can all do to help the environment ... 

    At a time when nature is under greater threat than ever before, a new poll by the National Lottery has found...

    • 16 Dec 2019
  • Building homes for nature

    Election fever is upon us.  In a week's time, we will have a new Government and may face further political uncertainty and flux.  But some things are certain – we know we are in the midst of a climate and nature emergency and we need urgent action.  As I blogged recently, the State of Nature 2019 report shows that the decline in nature continues unabated.  Time is running out to secure nature’s recovery and it is essential that…

    • 28 Nov 2019
  • New networks for nature

    Voter concern about the natural world has hit its highest level in almost thirty years according to a recent poll, and this increase in public support for the environmenshould come as no surprise to politicians. More than 7.6 million people worldwide participated in the week of global climate strikes in late September this year, and the UK was no exception, with thousands of people around the country walking out of schools and…

    • 28 Nov 2019
  • Green Growth: where conservation means business

    RSPB England Communications Manager Rupert Masefield talks about green growth in England ... 

    Nature has catapulted into the forefront of public consciousness in the last couple of years, with issues such as plastic pollution and the climate crisis grabbing headlines and making the environment a key election issue for the first time I can remember (and I’m a millennial – just about).  

    The economy and development haven…

    • 22 Nov 2019
  • A better deal for England's Special Protection Areas?

    Way back in 1979 the European Union, under pressure from the UK Government adopted the Birds Directive. This early piece of environmental legislation required all member states to offer basic protection to wild birds across the continent.  As part of this, each country was asked to designate “Special Protection Areas”; places of importance for breeding, migrating and wintering birds of significant conservation concern…

    • 21 Oct 2019
  • What does the Queen’s Speech mean for RSPB England?

    What a busy few weeks it’s been at Westminster!  Amongst all the Brexit to-ing and fro-ing, on Monday 14th, a new Parliamentary Session began, complete with a new Queen’s Speech. The speech is a list of proposed new policy and legislation; basically the Government’s to do list for the year. 

    We already know that we’re in the midst of a climate and nature crisis.  As I blogged recently, the State of…

    • 18 Oct 2019
  • Top six ways to spend time with the RSPB this autumn

    Beth Markey, RSPB Communications Officer, describes some of the great autumn spectacles and events on our England nature reserves ... 

    Although our feathered friends in sunnier climes might disagree, there’s nothing cosier than the warming autumnal ambience that only comes at this time of the year. The golden shades blanketing the landscape and familiar nip in the morning air; crunchy leaves underfoot and dew-covered spider…

    • 16 Oct 2019
  • Awards for MPs’ species-saving work

    On Monday I went along to the third Annual Awards reception of the MP Species Champions project in Westminster. Our Species Champions are a 59-strong group of MPs from across political parties working to support threatened species, through their roles at Parliament and in their constituencies. Their support is invaluable in our efforts to secure strong laws for nature’s recovery – essential at this time of ecological…

    • 16 Oct 2019
  • The State of Nature in England

    RSPB England Director Emma Marsh describes today's State of Nature Report and what it means for England ...

    England contains a range of internationally important habitats, such as its lowland heathland, ancient woodland and chalk grasslands in the south, the blanket bogs along the Pennines, the coastal estuaries and saltmarshes that provide vital foraging habitat for wintering waterbirds, and the sea cliffs and offshore…

    • 3 Oct 2019
  • How to bring nature back to England’s National Parks and AONBs

    The RSPB's England Director, Emma Marsh, sets four key tests for the UK Government’s response to Julian Glover's Landscapes Review 

    The beauty of England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) is lost if nature is lost – if curlews have gone or if wildflower meadows have been destroyed. Yet wildlife is vanishing at an alarming rate from these special places. This is the powerful conclusion…

    • 1 Oct 2019
  • RSPB takes on new site in Staffordshire

    Emma Marsh, RSPB Director England, welcomes the RSPB taking on management of a new site in Staffordshire ... 

    I'm delighted to say that the RSPB have taken over the management of Consall Nature Park from Staffordshire County Council this month. Since the mid-1980s the RSPB has owned and managed RSPB Churnet Valley reserve, 100 hectares of broadleaved woodland and grassland adjacent to Consall Nature Park. This reserve…

    • 25 Sep 2019
  • Fighting climate and ecological breakdown in England’s protected landscapes

    The RSPB's England Director, Emma Marsh, responds to Julian Glover's Landscapes Review that has just been published by Government ...

    “We are living in the beginning of a mass extinction and our climate is breaking down. But we can still fix this – you can still fix this. It’s simple. We need to protect, restore, and fund nature”.

    These were the words of Greta Thunberg last week – the same…

    • 23 Sep 2019
  • Hope for Nature

    Emma Marsh shares her thoughts on the first day in her new job as Director, RSPB England…

    Over the past nine months we have been making changes at the RSPB to ensure we are in the best place to save nature. We are always looking at how we can do things better. The work we do, and the external context is constantly changing, and so are the skills and resources needed to respond. 

    One of the clear needs we identified…

    • 9 Sep 2019
  • Give Nature a Home this Spring – Celebrate National Nestbox Week!

    RSPB’s Morwenna Alldis encourages us to celebrate National Nestbox Week by giving your local birds a home this Spring. It’s National Nestbox Week from 14-21 February, led by the British Trust of Ornithology (BTO). So this month is the per...
    • 15 Feb 2019
  • A Valentine's Day Gift from RSPB South West!

    For this was on seynt Volantynys day
    Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make

    (For this was on St. Valentine's Day,
    when every bird cometh there to choose his mate)

    - Chaucer, Parlement of Foules

    In the spirit of Valentines Day, traditionally the first day of bird song and the bird nesting season, RSPB South West are letting nature sing by giving away a free blackbird song audio track. You can download it…

    • 13 Feb 2019
  • Tick Off Your Garden Birds’ Christmas Wish List

    RSPB's Morwenna Alldis, offers some top tips on how to give your garden birds a home this Christmas... Photo 1: Robin in snow by Ben Andrew (rspb-images.com) Food - As temperatures start to drop our garden birds need a helping hand fin...
    • 16 Dec 2018
  • How are Somerset's Cranes Doing?

    Damon Bridge, RSPB Somerset Project Manager, reveals some promising stats on how Somerset's cranes are faring after the Great Crane Project reintroduction... How are Somerset's Cranes doing? Well…we will know soon! The crane volunteers...
    • 5 Oct 2018
  • The Return of the Turtle Dove: from Devon to West Sussex by Katharine Lowrie

    Katharine Lowrie, RSPB Exe-Teign Facilitation Fund Project Officer, and a group 13 Devon farmers, foresters and land managers, visit the inspiring Knepp Wildland in West Sussex to discover how their rewilding project is giving turtle doves (and lots of...
    • 25 Sep 2018
  • Make a Splash for Nature - Mini Pond Wild Challenge

    RSPB’s Morwenna Alldis reveals how even a mini garden pond can give nature a much needed home and count towards your family's Wild Challenge Award. Water is a vital source of life, covering around 71% of the planet. But you don’t...
    • 13 Aug 2018
  • South West MPs Sweep the Board at the Species Champions Awards in Westminster

    Guest blog by Pip Goodwin, RSPB Parlimentary Officer... Three South West MP species champions, Kerry McCarthy, Derek Thomas and Peter Heaton-Jones, were presented with prizes by Mike Dilger, the wildlife reporter from The One Show, at the annual awards...
    • 6 Jul 2018
  • Residential Volunteering on the Little Tern Recovery Project at Chesil Beach

    Tara Watson, RSPB Residential Volunteer, gives us the low-down on her experience so far... So far, volunteering on the Little Tern Project has been a really fulfilling experience. We’re enjoying learning about the fascinating behaviours...
    • 14 Jun 2018