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The State of Nature Report 2019 shows the decline in the UK’s biodiversity is continuing unabated. In this edition of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham talks to Dr Mark Eaton, RSPB Principal Conservation Scientist, about the report which has been collated from data produced in partnerships with more than 70 conservation NGOs, research institutes and UK and national governments. She also meets the RSPB’s new Chief Executive Becky Speight who talks about her first five weeks and post.
The youth movement behind this year’s school strikes is joining other grass roots organisations around the world to call for a Global Climate Strike on September 20th. The RSPB is standing alongside the UK Student Climate Network and is encouraging members and staff to take part. On this edition of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham talks to the RSPB’s youth development manager Emily Lomax and campaigns officer Natasha Yorke Edgell about striking for action on climate change.
More and more science projects by conservation charities show that wildlife and nature are in trouble. On this edition of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham speaks to BTO research ecologist Dr Kate Plummer about their latest garden birds research and to senior reserve ecologist Kelly Thomas about the RSPB's Reserve report - vital information in the fight to help nature in the face of habitat loss and climate change.
2019 has seen global warming rise up the political agenda - much of it driven by a young people demanding change. At the end of June around 12,000 people joined The Time is Now mass lobby in Westminster. On this edition of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham talks to Dan Rouse, a young ornithologist and campaigner who took over the RSPB Twitter feed for the day to report on the event. And she meets the RSPB’s Ruth Davis, deputy director of policy and advocacy in the global conservation team.
As May arrives swifts are returning to their UK nesting sites - heralding the start of summer. But their populations plummeted by 53 per cent between 1995 and 2015. It’s a subject that Nature’s Voice has visited before and on this episode Jane Markham meets one of the country’s leading swift experts Edward Mayer, the founder of Swift Conservation, and to Jos Ashpole from the RSPB’s migrant programme about why people love these birds and what is being done to help reverse the decline.
With political uncertainty over Brexit continuing there are still many questions about new UK legislation that will be needed to protect the environment once we've left the EU. On this edition of Nature's Voice Jane Markham talks to the RSPB's Global Conservation Director, Martin Harper about what needs to be done when it comes to getting strong laws in place. She also meets A level student Annie Magowan about her work to make sure bees are part of the government's conservation plans.
Out of the 22 Albatross species, 15 are in danger of extinction and that’s despite the remarkable success of the Albatross Task Force – set up by the RSPB and Birdlife International more than a decade ago. On this edition of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham talks to marine biologists from Namibia and Chile about success in reducing the number of Albatrosses killed as a ‘bycatch’ of the fishing industry and to the RSPB’s Nina da Rocha - Albatross Task Force Project officer about her hopes for the f
Our countryside could fall silent if current declines in wildlife continue. That is why the RSPB has launched Let Nature Sing - a campaign urging politicians to take advantage of the historic opportunity Brexit offers to pass laws to make the UK a world leader in conservation. On this edition of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham finds out about the campaign from the RSPB's deputy director of policy Ruth Davis and talks to folk singer Sam Lee about how bird song has inspired music for generations.
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House sparrows have made their homes close to human habitation for centuries but since the 1970s their numbers have plummeted by 60 per cent and the decline is particularly noticeable in our towns and cities. Why is this happening? On this episode of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham meets Dr Will Peach, head of research delivery at the RSPB to look at the latest theories and talks to RSPB wildlife gardener Adrian Thomas to find out how to look after sparrows in our gardens.
Every autumn starling numbers in the UK are bolstered by hundreds of thousands of birds migrating here from Northern Europe, Russia and the Ukraine to escape harsh winter weather. As they come in to roost at dusk they gather in huge flocks creating spectacular ‘sky art’. On this edition of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham meets the RSPB’s Annabel Rushton and Martin Fowlie to find out more about why and how they create these breathtaking murmurations.
Climate change is already affecting the migration patterns of birds that visit the UK. Some arrive early and leave later while some don’t visit us at all anymore. On this edition of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham talks to the RSPB’s Andrew Dodd about how it’s becoming harder for species to adapt to this change. She also meets ecologist Dr Simon Pickering from the green energy provider Ecotricity to discuss the role of renewable energy in averting the worst effects of climate change.
One of the season’s great spectacles is about to begin as birds from as far north as the arctic circle head for the UK to overwinter. Pink-footed geese and whooper swans are just two of the species which will be arriving shortly at Loch Leven in central Scotland – both are on the amber list of conservation concern. On this episode of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham meets Vicky Turnbull from the RSPB’s Tayside reserves and Graham Jones site manager for the Dee Estuary to look forward to their arrival.
Long before Robin Hood lived in Sherwood Forest, its oak trees were providing homes for nature. August 2018 sees the RSPB preparing to open a brand new visitor centre and take on the management of this historic national nature reserve. On this edition of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham talks to the man running the project and RSPB ecologist Andy Skinner who has been surveying the roots of the Major Oak - as well as Robin Hood himself!