The Truth About Peacock Feathers


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Since Charles Darwin recorded his thoughts about the birds, it has been presumed that peacocks’ extravagant feathers exist primarily to attract potential mates. But new research has cast doubt on that theory and suggests that peahens do not compare the plumage of their suitors when they make their choice.

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Have You Ever Seen a Baby Pigeon?


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What came first, the chicken or the egg? How do migrating birds navigate? How exactly did life on Earth begin? These are some of the questions about the natural world which you might have asked yourself. But there is another conundrum that you may or may not have contemplated. Given the huge number of pigeons […]

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

More British Birds Now Endangered


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The latest State of the UK’s Birds report lists 67 species as being on the “red list”. This means that no less than 15 species have been added to the list since the last report of its kind in 2009. Conservationists are now calling for urgent action to save these birds.

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

An Unusual Nesting Box


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Many of our most treasured species are struggling and so it is important that we all do everything that we can to help our wild birds to prosper. This includes the provision of food, water and nesting boxes in our gardens. The best bird houses are simple, wooden structures rather than ornate styles or plastic […]

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Egg Collectors Face New Crackdown


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They say that it takes all sorts but it is difficult to understand why anyone would want to collect birds’ eggs. Quite apart from the fact that the practice distresses the birds, the removal of eggs seriously threatens the survival of our native species. But there are still collectors out there, despite the practice being […]

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Big Garden Birdwatch Results Revealed!


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This year more than half a million people across the UK took part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. This survey gives an indication of how each species of bird is faring and so the results are always eagerly anticipated by nature lovers. The RSPB have now published this year’s results and they deliver good […]

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Project Puffin


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I will never forget the first time that I saw a puffin. I had travelled to Alaska, primarily to see Grizzly bears. My holiday would not have been complete without an excursion to the glaciers and so I booked an 8 hour cruise in Glacier Bay National Park. I was keen to see more bears […]

Friday, April 7th, 2017