Heather moorland in the shadow of Carn Bingally. Ling heather Calluna vulgaris. Corrimony RSPB reserve. Scotland

Open cases

We are involved in more cases than you might think.

This is a small selection of cases we are currently working on, around the UK and internationally.


Whooper swan, adult, in snowy field

A6 dualling proposals

The site supports almost 46,000 waterbirds in the winter, including internationally important numbers of whooper swans.

Pink footed geese Anser brachyrhyncus, in flight past wind turbines, Near Diepholz, Lower Saxony, Germany,

Aberdeen offshore demonstration wind farm

An application for an 11-turbine offshore wind farm north of Aberdeen has been consented by the Scottish Government.

Dark-bellied Brent Geese | The RSPB flock over the Essex coast

Bradwell B

Plans for a nuclear power station on the Blackwater Estuary threaten internationally important species and habitats.

Construction Energy Marine
Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar Papilio machaon, perched on fennel, RSPB Strumpshaw Fen, Norfolk

Catfield Fen

We must fight to protect Catfield Fen, an important habitat in one of Europe’s most important wetland sites.

Oystercatcher flock in flight over water.

Coul Links

A proposed golf course threatens a protected area of valuable coastal dune habitat, home to many species of wildlife.

Clarkes Weaver male

Dakatcha Woodland

Fantastic news, permission for a biofuel project which could have destroyed Dakatcha Woodland has been refused.

Aerial Danube Delta

Danube Delta

The Danube Delta is well known as one of Europe's premier wetlands.

Construction Transport
Sandwell Valley RSPB reserve, panorama from visitor centre

Draft Black Country Local Plan

Draft Local Plan could put RSPB nature reserve at risk – 50 house development allocated at entrance to site.

Construction Plans

East West Rail

The wrong choices could make this much needed low carbon transport alternative worse for the Nature & Climate Emergency.

Eroded peat bog on Holme Moss with heather moors in background, South Pennines, England,

End burning on Northern England’s protected blanket bogs

The case began with our concerns over Natural England's actions in relation to an upland shooting estate, Walshaw Moor.

Site management
Black-browed albatross Thalassarche melanophrys, Bird Island, South Georgia, South Atlantic

Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands are home to spectacular wildlife including important populations of seabirds and penguins.

Aerial view of RSPB Bempton Cliffs nature reserve

Filey Bay

Filey Bay has given life to generations of seabirds, but in recent years it has also claimed many victims.

Puffin peeking out from burrow

Forth and Tay Wind Farms

Four commercial scale offshore wind farms have been consented and proposals for more wind farms are in development.

Energy Marine Firth of Forth
Hen harrier Circus cyaneus, adult female perched on heather at Loch Gruinart RSPB reserve, Islay

Glen App and Loch Ree

Initial public consultation has been undertaken by Scottish Power Renewables, who hope to construct a large wind farm.


Glendye Windfarm

We have objected to this windfarm due to the very high collision risk for golden eagle, white-tailed eagle and red kite.

Construction Energy
 Thames Gateway Futurescapes, sunset on A13 with Canary Wharf in background

High Speed 2

HS2 has become a totemic environmental issue and a test for the new government's environmental credentials.

Pied wheatear


Since 2007 more than 360 projects were proposed which will cause direct harm to feeding habitats of red-breasted geese.


Lake Natron

Three-quarters of the world population of lesser flamingos depend on Tanzania's Lake Natron as a breeding site.

 Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos, singing from a hawthorn bush, Minsmere, Suffolk

Lodge Hill, Chattenden Woods, Kent

Fighting plans to develop housing at Lodge Hill - one of the most important sites in the country for nightingales.

Construction Plans
Aerial shot over Shorne Marshes RSPB Reserve, Kent

Lower Thames Crossing

Highways England is consulting on a new road crossing of the Lower Thames to supplement the existing Dartford crossings.

Pink footed geese Anser brachyrhyncus, in flight past wind turbines, Near Diepholz, Lower Saxony, Germany,

Moray Firth wind farms

Scottish Government is considering two offshore wind farm applications which represent large-scale development.


North Uist Spaceport

A planning application for a space port at Scolpaig, North Uist has been submitted.

Aviation Construction

Oxford to Cambridge Expressway

A major new road proposal threatens some of the most important places for nature in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Lighthouse on sea cliffs at Dunnet Head RSPB reserve, Caithness, near Thurso, Scotland

Pentland Firth & Orkney Waters – Wave & Tidal Renewable Energy

Pentland Firth & Orkney Waters offer significant renewable energy resources in the form of wave and tidal activity.

Energy Marine
Ringed plover charadrius hiaticula, adult amongst razorshells. Side view. Titchwell beach, Norfolk

Rosyth International Container Terminal

We are supporting Scottish Natural Heritage's objection to a development which could cause significant harm to the SPA.

Industry Transport Firth of Forth
Blue wood texture background

Saint Helena

Construction of an airport & the development of tourism in St Helena may have a profound effect on the environment.

Aviation Construction Industry Transport

Save Swanscombe Marshes

A Disneyland proposal could lead to one of the largest ever losses of designated habitat in England.

Wild adult white-rumped vulture (Gyps bengalensis) in flight.Pinjore, Haryana, India

Serengeti highway

Serengeti National Park is one of the most famous national parks in the world but could be severed by a major highway.


Shetland Spaceport

Proposed Unst Spaceport agrees that no rockets would be launched in main bird breeding season to reduce impacts.

Aviation Construction Industry
Minsmere RSPB Reserve, pond and sand martin bank

Sizewell C new nuclear power station, Suffolk

The Sizewell C development has the potential to have a major impact on one of the UK's most wildlife-rich areas.

Construction Energy
Traffic passing Stonehenge


We are objecting to a proposal to build a tunnel that will directly impact a number of stone-curlew nesting territories.

Oil seed rape, RSPB Hope Farm, Cambridgeshire

Tana River Delta

One of the most important wetlands in Africa is in danger of drowning under a plethora of proposed developments.

Landscapes in the Thames Estuary near the site on reclaimed marshland on the Isle of Grain

Thames Estuary

We are against the construction of an airport in the Thames Estuary, including the government's latest proposals.

Redshank, Tringa totanus Brownsea Island Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve. Dorset, England

The Lyth Valley

The Environment Agency's decision to turn off pumps in the Lyth Valley could provide a chance for habitat restoration.

Whooper swans Cygnus cygnus, in flight at dusk, Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Lancashire

The Severn Estuary

The Severn Estuary and its wildlife is under threat from a proposal to build a tidal barrage to generate electricity.

Dark-bellied Brent Geese | The RSPB flock over the Essex coast

Tipner West

Plans to destroy c30ha of internationally important intertidal and roosting habitat, including mud flats

Construction Marine Plans
 Groynes on coastline in low light, Wallasea Island RSPB reserve, Essex, England

Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project

400 years ago, the Essex coast was a wild place, a wildlife haven and a source of livelihood for local communities.

Woodlark Lullula arborea back view

West Brandon road and housing

Rare and vulnerable birds are under threat from development in one of the UK's most unique and wildlife-rich landscapes.

White-fronted goose Anser flavirostris (greenland race), adult male, Loch Gruinart RSPB reserve, Islay

Willow Wind Farm

RSPB Scotland has significant concerns about plans to site turbines between feeding and roosting grounds used by geese.


Open megasites

RSPB Forsinard Flows; view from visitor trail, including snow-capped Ben Griam, Highland, Scotland.  November 10, 2010.

Strathy Windfarms

These lie near Scotland’s north coast in Flow Country, a vast expanse of peatland habitat of international importance.

 Humber estuary. Saltmarsh at Pyewipe, Grimsby.

The Humber Estuary

We are working to ensure that future development on the Humber complies with international law.