Kittiwakes join the UK Red List

Kittiwakes join the UK Red List

Recently, news broke that the Kittiwake - a small species of native gull - has been added to the list of birds considered to be facing the risk of global extinction. The latest revision of the IUCN Red List, announced by BirdLife International on behalf of the IUCN, brings the total number of UK bird species [...]

Report reveals the impact of climate change on UK birds

Report reveals the impact of climate change on UK birds

The distribution, numbers and behaviour of birds in the UK are changing because of a changing climate according to a new report. Many rare breeding birds are at a high risk of extinction in the UK, based on projections of how climate will become less suitable for these species in the future; while warming temperatures have provided [...]

Butterflies: Poetry in Nature – Guest post by Jonathan Bradley

Butterflies: Poetry in Nature – Guest post by Jonathan Bradley

There is poetry everywhere in the natural world, but for me nowhere more so than in butterflies. What is poetic about butterflies? Poetry is a heightened form of writing that plays on our emotions and imagination. Poems use imagery, beautiful or expressive words, rhythms, rhymes and sounds that encourage us to see the world a [...]

Initial steps taken to combat Puffin declines

Initial steps taken to combat Puffin declines

The RSPB’s Project Puffin has taken the first steps towards solving the mystery of why some puffin colonies in the UK are in dramatic decline. To do this, RSPB scientists analysed more than 1400 photos sent in by the public, helping them to build a better picture of what these iconic seabirds are feeding their [...]

Bittern Numbers Boom Once Again

Bittern Numbers Boom Once Again

Numbers of one of the UK’s most scarce and elusive birds, the Bittern Botaurus stellaris, have increased dramatically during recent years. Once considered extinct across the country, conservationists now believe that the UK population of these enigmatic herons has reached an all-time high: with a minimum of 164 booming males recorded at 71 sites, compared to [...]

When did you last see a hedgehog?

When did you last see a hedgehog?

The once familiar hedgehog has declined dramatically over the past few decades, and surprisingly for such a well-loved creature, very little is known about why the hedgehog is in crisis.  This makes it difficult to target conservation efforts to where they will be most effective.  It is presumed that road accidents, and the loss of [...]

Report reveals continued persecution of birds of prey in UK

Report reveals continued persecution of birds of prey in UK

RSPB’s Birdcrime report reveals a minimum of 81 confirmed incidents of bird of prey persecution in the UK during 2016, but many illegal killings are going undetected or unreported. There were no prosecutions for these persecution offences, the first time this has happened in 30 years. Illegal killing is not only robbing people of the chance to [...]

Finding the UK’s favourite nature book

Finding the UK’s favourite nature book

Which nature book is your personal favourite? Did a certain book inspire a life-long love of wildlife or motivate you to take action on behalf of the natural world? The diversity and influence of nature writing has never been so great and Land Lines, a major new research project, is asking people across the UK [...]

Sherwood Forest partnership lays down roots

Sherwood Forest partnership lays down roots

The Woodland Trust is joining the RSPB and a number of other local partners to help shape the future of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. Last week saw the partners mark the beginning of a new chapter for the forest with the foundation-laying for a new state of the art visitor centre. It is part of [...]

The country hawk and the city hawk

The country hawk and the city hawk

In a groundbreaking study on sparrowhawks, scientists have found that city birds in Scotland are more successful than their country cousins. In this study, researchers from RSPB Scotland and the Scottish Raptor Study Group examined differences between populations of the birds in Edinburgh and in the Ayrshire countryside over four years from 2009 to 2012. They [...]

Pioneering new project launches to restore industrial landscapes

Pioneering new project launches to restore industrial landscapes

A multi-million pound project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund has been launched to restore areas in the North West transformed by heavy industries like coal-mining, peat extraction and iron and steel production. Led by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, The Carbon Landscape aims to restore more than 130 hectares to nature, train more than 1000 volunteers and [...]

Putting nature back into the Peak District

Putting nature back into the Peak District

Wading birds gathered in record numbers at Dove Stone in the Peak District this breeding season, all thanks to an ambitious ongoing bog restoration programme implemented by United Utilities and the RSPB. Over the summer, RSPB staff and volunteer surveyors recorded 49 pairs of dunlins at the Saddleworth site, up a quarter from the 39 [...]

A sneak peek at an outstanding new book

A sneak peek at an outstanding new book

If, like me, you are an avid consumer of natural history based literature, you will surely love the below extract from Peter Reason's new book, In Search of Grace - An ecological pilgrimage. The book is the story of an ecological pilgrimage undertaken by the author in his small yacht, Coral, from the south of England and [...]

Tree of the Year 2017: Cast Your Vote

A sapling pulled from the mud of Passchendaele, a tree which has inspired the scouting movement, and a yew which bleeds are some of the 28 nominations shortlisted for the Woodland Trust’s Tree of the Year contest 2017. Now in its fourth year, tens of thousands of people have already taken part in the conservation charity’s competition [...]