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Spend £25 for Free Delivery at RSPB Shop – Offer ends 05-07-13

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Jun 21 2013
Free Delivery with RSPB

Great news emanating from our friends at the RSPB shop, where you can now receive free delivery on all your goods when you spend £25 or more. Simply order online before midnight on Monday 5th July 2013 to enjoy this great offer –

  • Add voucher code - T13ITH0036
  • Free delivery on £25 plus spend
  • Offer ends 05/07/13

They are also offering loads of different gifts with up to 50% off, including rucksacks, bird feeders, kitchenware, notebooks, toys, and loads of other amazing goodies. 150 Suet balls are only £19.99 instead of £25.50, whilst a 5.5kg of table is is now available at half price when you spend over £35.

So why not save yourself some serious cash and help the RSPB with every purchase you make. Your purchase provide much needed funds to help the RSPB to protect the amazing birds and countryside of Great Britain.

> > Click here to order online

Another way help the RSPB is to purchase a membership, meaning you can gain entry to over 100 different nature reserves across the country. They make the perfect charity gift for nature enthusiasts.

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RSPB Interest in Night Time Songbirds

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Jan 31 2013
Robin the Secret Evening Singer

Have any of you heard any mystery bird songs during the evening? The RSPB has been receiving a lot of calls from homeowners who suspect that Nightingales may be out singing their winter songs. But the RSPB wildlife team seem to be pretty sure it’s actually our good friend the Robin redbreast that is having a good old sing song.

Robins are usually one of the first birds that are ‘up and at ‘em’ first thing in the morning. This means they are used to singing in low light conditions, so the evening is also the perfect time to for them to clear their throats for a good old sing song.

Birds mainly sing to attract a mate, or to defend their territory. The Robin is one of the few birds who protect their own ‘patch’ during the winter, and this is also one of the reasons why they continue to sing when most other birds have stopped.

RSPB wildlife advisor, Richard James, said –

We’ve had lots of calls from people sharing what they’d spotted during their Big Garden Birdwatch, but many also called rather excitedly to say they’d heard nightingales singing in the evenings. They were a little disappointed when we told them the birds were almost certainly robins, although they were still surprised to find out these birds sing at night. Before the cold weather took hold, we had a number of reports of night-singing birds, but that stopped when the snow arrived. Since it melted across most of the country this weekend, the birds have started up again and as we head towards the breeding season, this should increase.

It’s strange to thing of a Robin having it’s own territory. I mean, it doesn’t exactly look tough! So if you hear an evening song, just know it’s a gang of Robins protecting their patch from some other hoodlums who are trying to step up, just to get a rep!

If you would like to learn more about the work of the RSPB, or would even like to purchase a membership, check out our dedicated charity page for more information.

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Help Birds During the Cold Weather with RSPB

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Jan 15 2013
Protect Birds in the Snow with RSPB

RSPB charity officials are sending out a warning to all the UK’s bird lovers, as the cold weather grips the nation’s gardens. This of course will cause major issues for our fine feathered friends, as water sources freeze over and food becomes scarce.

Now is the time for all of us to really step-up our bird feeding to provide birds with the nutrients and water they need to drink and wash. RSPB are suggesting that you leave a few more calorie-rich foods outside, including –

  • Mixed seed
  • Fatballs
  • Suet sprinkles
  • Sunflower seed
  • Mild grated cheese
  • Rice
  • Porridge oats

to provide birds with some serious energy laden snacks during these sub zero temperatures. A fresh supply of water every morning will also be really helpful, and if you are finding that the water is freezing, try floating a ping pong ball in the bowl. This helps to keep the water moving thanks to the ball moving in the breeze.

RSPB’s wildlife advisors, Richard James, said –

The sudden drop in temperatures across the UK will have been a big shock to birds’ systems after spending the past couple of months with few worries in terms of food availability. Thanks to the recent mild weather, many natural food sources have been readily available and water has been easy to come by. Now the snow and ice are here birds will need all the help they can get to survive the winter. With the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch coming up on the weekend of 26 and 27 January, keeping your feeders, tables and bird baths topped-up will not only make sure your garden visitors are well fed and looked after, it’ll also encourage them into your garden just in time for you to take part in the world’s biggest wildlife survey.

Don’t forget that the RSPB Garden Birdwatch is just around the corner, so let’s hope the weather clears up by then! This will take place on the weekend of Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January 2013, and is the world’s biggest wildlife survey! For more information on the Big Garden Birdwatch, checkout their page to find out how you can get involved this year.

If you would like to find out more about the work of the RSPB, check out our dedicated charity page for more information on how you can help by purchasing a membership card to provide funds.

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Win £500 for Your Favourite Charity with Udopt

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Sep 21 2012
Win £500 for you Favourite Charity with Udopt

Here’s a chance for you to win £500 for your favourite charity, and all you need to do is ROAR about it the loudest! Udopt is a brand new charity donations website that allows you to adopt a whole host of interesting animals. Some cuddly, like a Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy, some fierce, like a WWF Snow Leopard, and some just downright crazy, like the Aspinall Foundation’s Honey Badger!

To celebrate the launch of their awesome new website, they are giving YOU the chance to grab £500 for your favourite charity simply by signing up telling your friends about it. It’s really simple to do, and an amazing way to raise extra funds for the charity you hold closest to your heart. All you need to do is –

  • Enter your email address
  • Verify you subscription
  • Then choose which social networks to share on

You can choose from Facebook, Twitter, Google +, tumblr and inshore, or you can email a link to your friends so they can join in too. For each person that registers you receive one point, and the person with the most friends registered will win the £500 donation to their favourite charity.

You can even check how you are getting by revisiting the Udopt website and adding your registered email address to the box for your stats. I just tried this function out and it definitely works as I currently have no people signed up. Not for long, as I just sent the link out to all my friends via Facebook and Twitter at the touch of a button, hitting over 1000 friends in an instant. Let’s see how popular I really am!

Pretty simple eh? So what are you waiting for?! Let everyone see how big your roar is for Udopt, and a £500 donation could be winging its way to your favourite charity, absolutely free! Definitely something to shout about!

> > Click here to enter with Udopt

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RSPB Feed the Birds Day – 29-10-11

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Oct 25 2011
RSPB Feed the Birds Day

RSPB UK are celebrating their ‘Feed the Birds Day 2011′ on Saturday 29th October 2011, and are asking you to round up your leftovers and join them this weekend. With the clocks going back, Autumn will soon be truly upon us, and now is the perfect time to leave extra food and water for our fine feathered friends as the cold snap returns.

Birds really will appreciate the extra help at this time of year, and you don’t need to be a wildlife expert to provide them with provide them a nutritious meal with basic items found in most kitchens. Though birds are of course always partial to seeds and peanuts, they also like –

  • mild grated cheese
  • cooked rice
  • cooked pasta
  • unsalted bacon
  • cooked potatoes

Perfect for providing birds with extra energy in the cold winter months. In fact, I wouldn’t mind a selection of some of the above myself! Also remember, a fresh supply of water is great for birds to keep their feathers in good condition, and of course to drink and wash in.

Feed the Birds Day Manager, Elaine Holderness, said –

You don’t need to spend lots of time and money to provide a slap up meal for garden birds – in fact, providing them with tasty, beneficial food couldn’t be easier. A mixture of seeds, some leftover kitchen scraps and some water is our equivalent to a three course meal and it’s a lifeline when the seasons change and food becomes scarce. And you could attract all sorts of dinner guests – in addition to the more common species you could see things like fieldfares, redwings and blackcaps as they leave their usual countryside feeding areas to come to gardens with good supplies of natural and supplementary food.

There will be over 100 RSPB events kicking off nationwide to mark this annual celebration, you could even host one yourself for your friends, family and neighbours. By helping out you see the number of birds visiting your garden rise rapidly, offering you the chance to enjoy your own show for free!

Help Raise Funds for RSPB with a Membership

Don’t forget, if you sign up today to an RSPB membership you will also receive –

  • Free entry to over 100 beautiful nature reserves
  • Free Handbook of British Birds
  • Free quarterly Magazine
  • Free welcome pack

For every £1 that you provide with your membership fee, 90p of it will go towards current and future conservation projects. Plus with the Big Garden Birdwatch just around the corner, now is the perfect time to ‘join up and join in’ with all the fun!

> > Click here to join RSPB today

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RSPB Against Lydd Airport Expansion

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Sep 6 2011
RSPB Against Lydd Airport Expansion

RSPB charity officials will be giving more evidence today to support their claim that the proposed expansion of Lydd Airport in Kent will be putting one of the UK’s most important wildlife habitats under threat. The public enquiry will be reconvening today, Tuesday 6th September 2011, after a break in proceedings during the summer. RSPB representatives will offering new ornithological evidence to the panel which will hopefully put a halt to the unnecessary expansion.

RSPB’s south east conservation manager, Sam Dawes, said –

This Public Inquiry is the culmination of five years campaigning to demonstrate that any expansion of Lydd Airport is wholly inappropriate. We have seen the strength of opposition from local people both prior to and during the Inquiry through letter writing and attendance at the public meetings in July. They, along with the RSPB, know what a special place Dungeness is and how important it is to protect it both for wildlife and for people.

The Dungeness RSPB nature reserve is one of the most popular in the UK, with thousands of visitors each year enjoying the local birds and taking part in activities such as pond dipping and bug hunting. The area is also one of the most important wildlife habitats in the UK, meaning any airport plans of expansion must prove that they will not so with damaging the surrounding area.

Closing statements will then be heard on 14th-16th September, so please check back to the Donation4Charity blog for further developments on this enquiry.

Help Raise Funds for RSPB with a Membership

Don’t forget, if you sign up today to an RSPB membership you will also receive –

  • Free entry to over 100 beautiful nature reserves
  • Free Handbook of British Birds
  • Free quarterly Magazine
  • Free welcome pack

For every £1 that you provide with your membership fee, 90p of it will go towards current and future conservation projects. Plus with the Big Garden Birdwatch just around the corner, now is the perfect time to ‘join up and join in’ with all the fun!

> > Click here to join RSPB today

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RSPB Shock as Gamekeeper Found Guilty Trapping

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Jun 14 2011

RSPB UK are dumbfounded by the shock news that a gamekeeper has been found guilty of the illegal trapping and killing of birds of prey at the Upper Derwent Valley estate in Derbyshire. Glenn Brown has now been convicted of seven offences under the Countryside and Wildlife Act 1981, and has been sentenced to 100 hours community service and pay £10,000 in costs.

RSPB Investigations officer, Mark Thomas, said –

We welcome this conviction as it sends a clear message that bird of prey persecution remains a serious and orchestrated crime, which continues to steal from society at large. Glenn Brown’s illegal actions have damaged the reputations of both his employer and of the game shooting industry in general. If they are serious about eradicating wildlife crime, both individual employers and the industry’s representative bodies need to do more to ensure that such people have no future in the game shooting business. Bird of prey persecution is a UK Wildlife Crime Priority, and it is vital that Government and the police lead a renewed and concerted effort to afford birds of prey the protection they are due. As part of this, the UK Government should introduce a vicarious liability offence to make managers and employers responsible for the actions of their gamekeepers, as is the case in Scotland.

The Derbyshire gamekeeper was found to be using a cage trap (pictured) on the grouse shooting estate in an attempt to illegally trap and kill birds of prey. Brown was originally arrested in May 2010 thanks to a surveillance operation by an RSPB. The undercover team caught Mr. Brown using a pigeon as bait to capture larger birds of prey, acts that are against the Countryside and Wildlife Act 1981.

Derbyshire has been named as the third worst county in the UK for crimes against birds of prey. Hopefully the message will be sent to other people who poach and kill, that the British judicial system will not tolerate the harming of birds any more.

Help Raise Funds for RSPB with a Membership

Don’t forget, if you sign up today to an RSPB membership you will also receive –

  • Free entry to over 100 beautiful nature reserves
  • Free Handbook of British Birds
  • Free quarterly Magazine
  • Free welcome pack

For every £1 that you provide with your membership fee, 90p of it will go towards current and future conservation projects. Plus with the Big Garden Birdwatch just around the corner, now is the perfect time to ‘join up and join in’ with all the fun!

> > Click here to join RSPB today

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RSPB Survey Shows Bats Abound in the UK

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Jun 10 2011

The RSPB UK‘s ‘Make Your Nature Count’ wildlife survey has shown a number of unexpected results since it kicked off. This nationwide stock take allows the RSPB to tap in to the British public’s findings about the creatures that visit their gardens across the UK at this time of year. The most surprising statistic of all is that more than half of the people who have participated have seen bats in their garden, which is a new occurrence.

Also high in numbers this year were frogs, who were spotted in a massive 54% of participants gardens, and 30% off all those surveyed saw toads. Thankfully I didn’t as I would have run a mile! I have no fear of spiders like a lot of people, yet if I see a frog or a toad, I’m off. Work that one out if you can!

Richard Bashford, RSPB Make Your Nature Count Manager, said –

Many people probably don’t even realise how much wildlife they have in their gardens – and now is a great time of year to sit back and discover who’s visiting your patch. Of course we know that lots of people regularly see frogs and bats, but it’s great that more than half of those taking part in the survey get to enjoy them and we didn’t anticipate the numbers being that high. It just goes to show how vital gardens are for our wildlife, and that you never know what you might get in your own backyard.

This study come off the back of the Big Garden Birdwatch in January, which saw some 500,000 people take part across the UK to monitor the action their garden provides for our feathered friends. This year’s Make Nature Count has thrown up some pretty astounding figures, and with the survey continuing until Sunday, check back on the blog for some final figures once they are tallied. Let’s just hope there’s not too many frogs, for my sake!

Help Raise Funds for RSPB with a Membership

Don’t forget, if you sign up today to an RSPB membership you will also receive –

  • Free entry to over 100 beautiful nature reserves
  • Free Handbook of British Birds
  • Free quarterly Magazine
  • Free welcome pack

For every £1 that you provide with your membership fee, 90p of it will go towards current and future conservation projects. Plus with the Big Garden Birdwatch just around the corner, now is the perfect time to ‘join up and join in’ with all the fun!

> > Click here to join RSPB today

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RSPB Concern as Albatross Numbers Decline

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Jun 8 2011

RSPB UK scientists are estimating that over 300,000 sea birds are dying per year due to the global impact of longline fisheries. The study, which was carried out alongside scientists from BirdLife International and will be published in the Endangered Species Research journal is a huge warning sign that there is still a long way to go to ensure responsible fishing globally.

Since the early eighties, the decline in albatross and other seabirds has been due to their accidental entrapment in longline fisheries. With lines that can be over a hundred kilometres long, sea birds are continually dragged underwater and killed, but the numbers that this is happening to is quite staggering.

Though there has been a reduction in bycatch numbers due to enforced regulations, the numbers still continue to grow due to fleet fishing, who’s data is not as forthcoming. Countries such as South Africa have managed to achieve a drop of 85% since 2008, thanks to a cap being placed on the number of bycatch deaths permitted. But more needs to be done by other countries around the world to put a stop to this staggering amount of innocent bird per year, as if this carries on, many of them could face extinction.

Senior policy officer for the Global Seabird Programme, Dr. Cleo Small, said –

Using simple bird-scaring lines and weighting of hooks as they enter the water could dramatically reduce the number of seabirds being killed. With the UK’s Overseas Territories in the South Atlantic holding a third of the world’s breeding albatrosses, the UK has a major responsibility to ensure seabird-friendly fisheries. As for the EU, the findings of this review place a heavy onus on the forthcoming EU Plan of Action for Seabirds to deliver a robust set of remedial measures capable of reducing the impact of longline and other fisheries on seabird populations in EU waters and beyond.

Help Raise Funds for RSPB with a Membership

Don’t forget, if you sign up today to an RSPB membership you will also receive –

  • Free entry to over 100 beautiful nature reserves
  • Free Handbook of British Birds
  • Free quarterly Magazine
  • Free welcome pack

For every £1 that you provide with your membership fee, 90p of it will go towards current and future conservation projects. Plus with the Big Garden Birdwatch just around the corner, now is the perfect time to ‘join up and join in’ with all the fun!

> > Click here to join RSPB today

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£5 off Bird Seed at RSPB Gift Shop – Offer ends 07-06-11

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alister
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May 27 2011

The RSPB gift shop are currently offering £5 off all their 12.75kg sacks of bird seed and seed mixes (excluding peanuts) when you order online before the end of Tuesday 7th June 2011. This is great news for all you budding ornithologists out there, as with the summer just round the corner, your very own garden could be hosting some of the most beautiful birds in the country.

There’s £5 off on a whole host of different feeds, including –

  • No mess sunflower mix
  • Table mix
  • Premium sunflower hearts
  • Premium ground mix
  • Feeder mix

Plus for a very limited time you can also pick up 100g of dried mealworms for only £1.99 (saving £3!) a packet of 6 suet balls for 85p (half price!), and also grab hanging bird cakes for only £1.74, that’s 50% off! Plus all orders over £75 receive free postage and packing in the UK, unbelievable value at the perfect time of the year.

RSPB bird food are carefully selected, with no filler ingredients, which means less mess and waste in the garden, as our feathered friends won’t be able to get enough of it! Plus with 100% of all RSPB profits going into their continual conservation work across the country, you can be safe in the knowledge that all your purchases are going to help the upkeep of the UK’s beautiful bird population, and their habitats.

> > Click here for RSPB Gift Shop

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