The RSPB in Northern Ireland

Established in Northern Ireland in 1966, the RSPB works to protect local birdlife

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds was established in Northern Ireland in 1966 and has its headquarters in Belfast. More than 20 staff are employed throughout Northern Ireland, working to protect birds and their natural habitats.

The RSPB own and manage nature reserves, run educational programmes, carry out scientific research, provide advice to a wide variety of people and organisations, and aim to influence policy and legislation by working with politicians and other decision-makers.

Although the issues dealt with by the RSPB are of global significance, they believe the best way to tackle them is by acting locally. Working in partnership with local people including schoolchildren, farmers, community groups and government officials, the RSPB carry out educational activities, hold talks and give advice on a wide range of issues.

The RSPB have over 10,000 members in Northern Ireland, while volunteers, both members and non-members, provide vital financial and practical support, from staffing the West Lighthouse on Rathlin Island, to office work.

To find out more about opportunities to support the RSPB in your local area, call +44 (0) 28 9049 1547 or log on to