Marine life is suffering under the pressure of increasing human activities at sea. It needs your help.

How are your sea legs? The ocean is a harsh place to work. When you’re in your cabin, and the six-foot waves are throwing you all about, and the whole place reeks of dead fish, you long for home.

There is camaraderie with the fishing crew of course, but still the isolation and hardship is intense. I’ve just returned from a 90-day trip aboard a longline vessel out of Chile as part of the Albatross Task Force – saving albatrosses from a terrible fate.

Yes, the sea is harsh, but in moments of loneliness, when you see an albatross following the boat, so bright against the stormy sky, riding the updrafts from the waves with barely a wingflap, your spirits rise.

I dedicate my working life to saving marine life because I know how hard it is out there. The last thing that these creatures need is more danger from men in boats. Please help me and the rest of the team keep marine life off the hook...

Luis Cabezas.
Project Leader, Albatross Task Force, Chile.

Seabird Tracking.

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To create a nature reserve at sea, you’ve got to know which areas of the sea are most important to wildlife, but how do you find that out? Seabirds and other marine life move about. The sea does not have the same geographical boundaries as land. Many seabirds travel far to forage, even small birds like kittiwakes can travel more than 200 km to find food.

We’re involved in FAME (Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment) – a huge international project to help inform the decision about where the new Marine Protected Areas will go. We’re using the very latest technology to track seabirds, and then comparing that information to oceanographic data – ocean currents, phytoplankton levels, wind patterns and temperature. For the first time, we’ll begin to understand where seabirds feed and why they feed there. This is the first step in protecting them.

Saving Albatrosses.

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Help stop albatross extinctions.
Your £300 could buy three tori lines.

You wouldn’t think that something as simple as a ribbon of colourful bunting could save an albatross’s life, but it can. These “tori lines” warn seabirds away from the deadly baited hooks of longline fishing vessels – hooks that are killing tens of thousands of albatrosses every year.

Of the 22 albatross species, 17 are now threatened with extinction. But your support can save them.
As a pioneer supporting marine innovations, you will help fund the Albatross Task Force. These guys go out onto fishing boats in some of the roughest seas in the world to work with the fishermen and show them how to avoid catching albatrosses.

Tori lines are just one of the many innovative measures saving seabirds’ lives right now.

Turning Back Time.

An artists’s impression of Wallasea Island in 2019

Creating new wetlands for wildlife.
Your £300 will help this exciting project.

Have you ever wished you could go back in time? The RSPB has discovered it might not be impossible after all. The Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project is a landmark conservation and engineering scheme, on a scale never before attempted in Europe. The island currently sits a couple of metres below sea level, making it vulnerable to flooding.

So what we’re doing, in partnership with Crossrail, is shipping 4.5 million tonnes of clay sand and gravel from London to Essex. The new materials are being spread across the island to build up the land level and recreate the magnificent saltmarsh and mudflat landscape that existed here 400 years ago. Wallasea Island will be transformed back into a thriving wetland – twice the size of the City of London – teeming with bird and marine life.

Avocets, terns, and spoonbills should flourish in the newly-created habitats, alongside seals, otters and water voles. This work will allow Wallasea Island to become a wonderful place for future generations to explore and enjoy nature, and that’s all thanks to the support of people like you.

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Help discover seabird foraging zones.
Your £300 could buy twelve GPS tags.