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The State of Nature 2019
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.
Global Climate Strike
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.
Research at work for nature
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.
Climate change - the year so far
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.
Calling all Puffarazzi! Two years ago the RSPB’s Project Puffin put out a call for photographs of puffins with fish in their beaks. Hundreds were received and they tell a fascinating story about the lives of these iconic birds who are on the red list of conservation concern. On this episode of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham talks to Dr Ellie Owen about why she’s asking for more photos this year. And she meets Rob Hughes one of the volunteers who identified and counted all the fish in the images you sent.
A swift update
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.
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