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  • Blog Post: Guest blog: Hen Harrier at RSPB Wallasea Island

    Andrew Armstrong is a wildlife photographer local to RSPB's Wallasea Wetlands reserve. Andrew’s stunning hen harrier photographs first came to our attention on Twitter where he posts under @drumon25. Impressed by his passion for the birds which clearly shines through his photography, we invited...
  • Blog Post: Yes to nature-friendly farming!

    The end of the year brings to a close a pioneering three-year project that we’ve been leading in the Fens. The big aim has been to raise awareness of nature-friendly farming in the Ouse Washes landscape, which is a particularly rich area for farmland wildlife, particularly birds. Image: Turtle...
  • Blog Post: The autumn outdoor classroom: a lesson on hen harriers and special landscapes

    Katy Saulite is the Hen Harrier LIFE Project's Community Engagement Officer for Scotland, working with local schools and community groups in areas where hen harriers should be, to raise awareness and promote the conservation of these spectacular skydancers. At the beginning of September I had...
  • Blog Post: Follow that bird! Hen harrier satellite maps go live

    I'm delighted to announce the launch of our hen harrier satellite tracking maps on the Hen Harrier LIFE Project website: www.rspb.org.uk/henharrierlife . Already the stories are fascinating – just look at where Donald has gone... Please make sure to log on with Internet Explorer as...
  • Blog Post: Grouse shooting: An opportunity for change - how you can help

    As a result of over 123,000 people signing a petition by Mark Avery, calling for a ban on driven grouse shooting, the future of this industry and the way our uplands are managed will be debated in parliament in just two weeks, on the 31st October. This is an incredibly important and rare opportunity...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Katy: inspiring schools and communities about hen harriers

    Guest blog from Katy Saulite, one of our two Community Engagement Officers for the Hen Harrier LIFE Project. Hello everyone. I feel like it is long overdue that I introduce myself as one of two community engagement officers working as part of the Hen Harrier LIFE Project. As part of this introduction...
  • Forum Thread: Free walks to celebrate 80 years of the Campaign for National Parks

    On Saturday 30th July campaigning organisation 38 Degrees and the charity Campaign for National Parks are celebrating our nation’s most beautiful landscapes. They're hosting free organised walks and natural art workshops at every national park in England, Scotland and Wales. 80 years ago...
  • Blog Post: Ruth Lawton- Super Ranger! RSPB Sandwell Valley's Volunteers

    This blog is one in a series we are running about the fabulous volunteers that keep RSPB Sandwell Valley alive and thriving. We want to show off the amazing mix of people who come here from all walks of life helping save nature and inspiring others about wildlife on our reserve, and we want to encourage...
  • Blog Post: My Connecting People and Nature Internship - Jenny Stevens

    Jenny Stevens - My Connecting People and Nature Internship RSPB Sandwell Valley is special. Really special. It’s a little piece of green and blue heaven wedged between Birmingham, West Bromwich and motorway. I feel super lucky to have been part of this unique place, that sees the...
  • Blog Post: Community Project 2016 - Give Sandwell Nature a Home

    Giving Sandwell Nature a Home- What’s this all about then? Giving Sandwell Nature A Home is this year’s exciting community project from RSPB Sandwell Valley about enhancing wildlife in an urban space and giving everyone in Sandwell the chance to experience...
  • Blog Post: The Origin and Achievements of the Community Forum.

    So how did we get here then? For those of you who have visited Sandwell Valley for years, you may fondly remember our old visitor centre, and perhaps the less-fond memories of us losing it. Sadly, in 2010 the visitor centre suffered fire damage that rendered it unusable to visitors, volunteers and staff...
  • Blog Post: WHO? RSPB Sandwell Valley and the Community Forum

    Hello and welcome to our first Community Forum e-newsletter! We thought we'd start with a little introduction to who we are. RSPB Sandwell Valley is a a little bit of green paradise wedged between Birmingham and West Bromwich, in the north east corner of Sandwell Valley Country Park. Not only...
  • Blog Post: The unshakeable resilience of Chilean fishermen

    Some time ago I wrote about the challenges for small scale fishers in Chile , who are represented by fragile working conditions and confront stormy waters in the ironically named Pacific Ocean. I have always tried to highlight the role of small scale fishers as providing an important source of nutrition...
  • Blog Post: We're hiring for hen harriers!

    The LIFE+ Project is advertising two Community Engagement Officer posts, based in northern England and Edinburgh. We are looking for two self-motivated, inspirational people with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to deliver school and college workshops and field trips, community group...
  • Forum Thread: Wildlife heroes Dove Step for nature...

    On the 18th April 2015 a team of seven friends will embark on their second journey for Turtle Doves. Having covered the core UK breeding range of Turtle Dove through 300 miles of England in 2014, the team are now turning their attention to the Turtle Dove’s Afro-European migratory route. This year...
  • Blog Post: LIFE support for hen harriers - 2015 and beyond

    Suddenly it’s March (where did February go??), which means that any moment now the breeding season will begin in earnest. And of course the big question is hanging in the air is what will this year hold for hen harriers? I both love and hate this time of year – so much hope, so much possibility...
  • Forum Thread: Falconry and Conservation

    Hello I am a year 13 student at the Arthur Terry School and am currently writing a report on "Falconry and conservation" for my extended project qualification. I have written a short questionnaire for this project and would be grateful if you could find the time to participate. Link to the...
  • Forum Thread: Help please - Injured Jackdaw

    Hello, we have an injured jackdaw in our care. (Adult i would guess). It's foot is badly malformed and it was uncomfortably hopping around outside our front door (mostly concrete with a tiny patch of earth) looking for shelter from the rain under the car etc. I can take it to the RSPCA very close...
  • Blog Post: Gamekeepers at the Lottery Awards

    After months of build-up, excitement, and suspense, it finally happened – Skydancer appeared on the National Lottery Awards Show last Friday night at 10.45pm (11.30pm in Scotland)! In case you missed it (and let’s face it, I doubt if anyone in Scotland could keep their eyes open long enough...
  • Blog Post: Coming together for Turtle Doves

    Guest blog by Samantha Lee, Turtle Dove Conservation Advisor At the heart of most villages is the village pub. One such pub is The Poachers Pocket in Kelsale-***-Carlton just off the A12, about six miles from Minsmere. The difference with this pub is it’s perhaps the only place in the country...
  • Blog Post: Skydancer has won a National Lottery Award!

    It’s four days later and I’m still buzzing...! Having been shortlisted from over 750 projects across the UK, I’m absolutely delighted to announce that Skydancer has officially won Best Education Project in the National Lottery Awards 2014! Fuelled with coffee for an early morning...
  • Blog Post: Hen Harrier Day in Pictures

    In case you weren't able to make it along to one of the three incredibly inspiring Hen Harrier Day events on Sunday (or even if you were!), I thought I'd share with you an overview of the Peak district event in pictures. For a fuller account of the day, see our Investigations blog here . All...
  • Blog Post: Environmental awareness in Chilean coastal towns

    A long the coast of Chile there are often locally organised fairs intended to display the projects that are conducted in the region. These are popular with local university students and school children and represent a great opportunity to explain how the work of the Albatross Task Force is working with...
  • Blog Post: School children 'adopt' the Bowland harriers

    What better way to inspire the next generation about hen harriers than to take them out and actually show them hen harriers! Luckily for me, I was privileged to be able to do just that when Siobhan McGuigan, the RSPB’s Youth Development Officer brought children from our local school, Brennand’s...
  • Blog Post: Birders Against Wildlife Crime hen harrier podcasts

    I was recently delighted to be invited to record a podcast about hen harriers with campaign group, Birders Against Wildlife Crime (BAWC) , as part of their series of podcasts leading up to Hen Harrier Day. If you've not come across them before, BAWC are a group definitely worth checking out -...