Can you help the West Country’s special cirl buntings this spring?

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 04/07/2022 - 9:33pm

The RSPB are appealing for volunteers across Devon and Cornwall to help them carry out their annual Cirl Bunting Survey, between April-August of this year. People can register to take part in the survey on the Cirl Bunting Action Hub, visit:

Here volunteers can select a 2km by 2km survey square local to their home on the RSPB’s map and plan a survey route through their chosen patch along Public Rights of Way and covering the areas that cirl buntings are likely to make their homes. No specialist skills are needed to take part other than an interest in birds and...

Watch Your Step in Devon to help the RSPB protect ground nesting birds this spring

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 03/15/2022 - 10:29pm

People have been noticing nature much more during lockdowns, as garden birds and other wildlife have helped lift spirits and connect us to the world outside. A recent survey commissioned by the RSPB showed that 41% of participants reported seeing wildlife near their homes that they had never noticed before between 2020 and 2021.

Almost half of the UK population have said they have tried to attract nature to their gardens but the RSPB is keen to highlight that many of our threatened species don’t use gardens and nest boxes when raising young.

Over half of England’s most...

Let Devon's Nature be your Valentine this year

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 02/11/2022 - 11:47am

The RSPB in Devon are encouraging people to show themselves some love and care this Valentine’s Day by reconnecting with their local wildlife and greenspaces.

Inviting people in Devon to enjoy a walk at a nature reserve near them, the RSPB are on hand to help you discover local birdsong and take part in National Nestbox Week from 14-21 February.

Morwenna Alldis, spokesperson for the RSPB says: “Last year many of us probably missed out on our Valentine’s hearts and flowers because it was difficult to spend time with the people we love and care for during lockdown....

Get to know your garden birds at RSPB Bowling Green Marsh

Event Date: 
29/01/2022 - 10:00am
Bowling Green Marsh, Exeter

Get up close to nature and learn all there is to know about garden birds this January in preparation for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Whether you’re kick starting the new year with a brand-new interest or just looking to brush up on your birdwatching, we’ve got the event for you.

Event title : Get to know your garden birds at RSPB Bowling Green Marsh. 

Event description : Learn to tell your blackbirds from your blue tits and your house sparrows from your starlings. Join us on a walk around RSPB Bowling Green Marsh as we see how many different garden birds we can spot...

Families can enjoy a Big Wild Summer together at RSPB Exe Estuary nature reserve

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 07/29/2021 - 10:10pm

It’s been a long year of lockdown and to celebrate a return to exploring nature with loved ones, RSPB Exe Estuary nature reserve in Devon is inviting families to enjoy a Big Wild Summer this year. Throughout the school holidays the attraction will host a series of fun, nature-themed activities to help families discover nature at their local RSPB nature reserve or whilst escaping the everyday on a staycation.

From fairy hunts to pond dipping, discovery trails, getting to know our fascinating nocturnal creatures, and so much more – RSPB Exe Estuary nature reserve has something to...

Experience the Dawn Chorus in Devon

RSPB invites people to experience their own doorstep dawn chorus

The RSPB is inviting wildlife lovers across the nation to wake at sunrise for an inspirational dawn chorus livestream from nature reserves across the UK as part of International Dawn Chorus day.

This year to help the public make the most of their reconnection with nature, the RSPB is celebrating International Dawn Chorus day with an ambitious livestream of dawn chorus from its nature reserves across the UK. We’ll also be joined as the morning progresses by special guests including Chris Packham, Megan McCubbin and...

1 million take part in record-breaking RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

1 million take part in record-breaking RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Wed, 04/14/2021 - 10:33pm

The number of nature lovers who took part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch soared to a million people this winter after a year of lockdown restrictions saw people turn to nature for comfort.

Now in its 42nd year, the Big Garden Birdwatch is a chance for people of all ages to count the number of birds that visit their garden, helping the RSPB build up a picture of how birds are faring. This year, over a million people across the country took part counting 17 million birds, with over 28,800 taking part across Devon.

Hopes were raised for a bumper participation year after...


RSPB calls Devon residents to hold Government to account on missed nature targets

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 09/16/2020 - 8:50pm

A major United Nations report has revealed the international community has failed to halt environmental decline over the last 10 years. Now, new analysis from the RSPB has revealed the UK’s self-assessment is overly optimistic as high environmental ambitions have not led to real progress being made.

The Global Biodiversity Outlook 5, published yesterday by the United Nations, contained no country-level breakdowns of how the UK has fared. Instead, an RSPB report ‘A Lost Decade for Nature’, has revealed our true performance.

With UK wildlife continuing to decline and vital...

Help protect wild birds on the Exe Estuary

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 09/09/2020 - 11:09pm

Summer begins to mellow, winds begin to change and that is the herald for the beginning of a spectacular time of year for wildlife on the internationally important Exe Estuary.

As breeding grounds in Siberia turn icy cold and food supplies there dwindle, this prompts an exhausting annual migration of thousands of water birds. The rich food resources found in the Exe provide a welcome home to these birds, many of which travel in family groups.

With these changes in mind, people are asked to avoid wildlife refuges on the Exe Estuary at Dawlish Warren National Nature...

New wildlife gardening guide shows big potential of small spaces in Devon

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 08/28/2020 - 2:49pm

A new guide published today by the RSPB and Barratt Developments, which is currently building brand-new communities across Devon, shows how to turn balconies and small gardens into sanctuaries for wildlife.

The RSPB's ‘Welcome Wildlife into Your World' guide gives top tips and advice for bringing nature to your home, especially for people with a small amount of outdoor space such as a balcony or courtyard.

The leading housebuilder is building new homes at Tarka Ridge near Barnstaple, Embden Grange , Tavistock, Braid Park, Tiverton (from Barratt Homes and David Wilson...