What are you going to do about it?

That’s a question the RSPB asks itself every single day.

UK wildlife is facing its biggest ever challenge – species are dying out, climate change is affecting the environment and pressures on land are growing every day. So what are we going to do about it?

Ever since we bought our first nature reserve in 1930, we’ve worked tirelessly with the help of our supporters to create homes for wildlife. Not just birds, but all kinds of wonderful wildlife. From water voles to wasp spiders and otters to avocets, we create safe havens for over 13,000 species on our reserves.

We’ve come along way since 1930 – we now manage over 200 UK nature reserves. But we know it’s not enough. So that’s why we keep asking ourselves that same question. What exactly are we going to do about it?

Read on to discover how your support will help us find the answers.

Adrian Southern.
RSPB Futurescapes Manager.

Growing life on the farm.

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It’s odd to think about farmland being a lost habitat because there is farmland everywhere – three quarters of the UK is farmed in fact. But something has been lost from our countryside. Since the end of WW2, the drive to maximise food production has led to massive intensification of the farmed landscape, and the result has been a catastrophic drop in the number of farmland birds – overall a 53% drop since 1966. There’s been a 10% drop in the last 5 years alone.

We can’t turn back the clock, but at the RSPB’s Hope Farm we work hard to find methods that farmers can employ to encourage wildlife without impacting their profits. It’s been a huge success, but so much more needs to be done. Our skylark patches, small bare gaps in the field, have quadrupled the number of skylarks at Hope Farm.

Our yellowhammers have doubled, and our linnets quintupled – all thanks to the innovative farming methods we conceive and trial here. We need to find more solutions, like the skylark patches, wild bird cover and flower-rich field margins that are working at Hope Farm, and we need to encourage more farmers to adopt them.

Thinking big.

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Creating space for nature and land for life
Your £300 will help us deliver conservation on a landscape scale.

The natural world is under big pressure, and the RSPB realises we must do more than just manage our own nature reserves – we need to think bigger.

As a result, our ambitious Futurescapes programme is helping us spread our influence over huge areas and deliver conservation like never before. We’ve started working collaboratively with people who own land in key landscapes across the UK, helping them realise the value their land has for conservation, then finding a way we can unlock that potential together.

The key to Futurescapes is creating more quality habitat working with partners in these key landscapes, establishing a wide range of features that benefit wildlife. For example, we’re working with over 70 partners at our Greater Thames Futurescape, which covers over 1,000 km² from Tower Bridge to the open sea. Every year, 300,000 migrant birds rely on the area for feeding and roosting, and the estuary is home to four World Heritage sites and four National Nature Reserves.

By thinking just a little bit bigger, we’re finding new solutions to protect our wildlife.

Restoring wilderness to the Flows.

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Restore the precious peatland habitat of the Flow Country.
Your £300 could help fell the trees choking life from the bog.

The home of short-eared owls, sundews, greenshanks and water voles is trapped beneath two million trees –as a pioneer, you can help us free it.

Forsinain and Dyke are newly acquired extensions to our Forsinard Flows nature reserve in Caithness and Sutherland. Here, in the 1970s, the very heart of one of our globally important wildernesses was seriously damaged when forestry plantations were established. They drained the water, and the life, from the rare blanket bog habitat, and made it uninhabitable for the wildlife that once called this place home.

The RSPB has been buying back areas of forest and restoring them for nature since 1995. After a huge amount of effort, the restored areas of Forsinard Flows are once again teeming with the special wildlife that depends on this habitat: golden eagles soar overhead, curlews make their strange bubbling cry, and male hen harriers perform their spectacular sky dance above their nests.

But there is much to be done, and right now, two million trees must be felled. It’s an enormous task involving state- of-the-art forestry machines capable of working on the soft peatland ground.

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Help find new methods to bring life back to the UK’s farmland.
Your £300 could fund vital new research at Hope Farm.