The corncrake - the only globally threatened bird to breed regularly in the UK - started to disappear from the English countryside more than a century ago.
Helping Red Kites
The red kite is a beautiful bird with a five-foot wingspan. It is easily identified by its russet, black and grey plumage and deeply forked tail. In Britain this spectacular bird of prey was once a common sight, but it was nearly wiped out by human persecution in the nineteenth century. Thanks to changing attitudes and intensive conservation efforts, red kites are once again a familiar sight in many parts of the UK.
Puffins are one of the most abundant UK seabirds, but its populations have been in decline recently. ZSL conservationists are carrying out work with geolocator tags and camera traps to get some insight into how puffin populations are faring and what might be causing these declines. Find out more
Garden bird conservation
ZSL scientists are studying the effects of supplementary feeding on garden bird health through the Garden Wildlife Health project.
House Sparrow Decline
Sparrows have been taken for granted as our cheery neighbours for centuries. But if you still have house sparrows near you today, you are lucky.
We desperately need your support now to help our work at 75 research sites across Greater London looking into their seriously declining numbers.