Dr David Gibbons

Former Head of Conservation Science
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)


For the last fifteen years, David was responsible for overseeing the RSPB’s scientific programme, both in the UK and internationally. His role was to develop the strategic direction for RSPB’s science, ensuring that its policies and practices are evidence-based. He undertook his PhD in the Zoology Department of Cambridge University, and a post doc at the Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat in the Camargue, and at the Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford. Subsequently David worked for the British Trust for Ornithology for seven years before joining the RSPB. He is a former Chairman of the European Birds Census Council, a former member of the CCI Council, and Vice-Chairman of the Bat Conservation Trust, UK’s leading bat conservation organisation.

“CCI is already making a difference: RSPB is using the Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA) – initiated by a CCI project – to help value nature”