You may have included nesting boxes in your garden and you might be lucky enough to have birds nesting in your trees and bushes. But you probably haven’t considered eating the nests! It might be a different story if you lived in the Far East and your property was hosting swiftlets.
It isn’t difficult to understand why it is farmland birds which have suffered the greatest decline in number over recent decades. Intensive farming practices have meant that a huge proportion of these birds’ natural habitat has simply disappeared. Hedgerows have been removed to enable farmers to plant crops right up to the margins of the […]
Peregrine Falcons are the world’s fastest birds. Able to dive at speeds of over 200 mph when pursuing their prey, the falcons are an amazing sight. Unfortunately, their impressive speed does not prevent them from being shot. Numbers declined during the 19th and 20th centuries due to illegal killing by humans. Numbers have since increased, […]
All birds of prey are protected in the UK. It is a criminal offence to harm or kill any species. But the law is very difficult to enforce. So difficult, in fact, that several prosecutions have been abandoned recently in Scotland, leaving wildlife campaigners furious.
It is a criminal offence to harm or kill birds of prey in the UK. Unfortunately, it is very hard to identify the culprits even when it is clear that a crime has been committed. Birds of prey are being killed across the country and there have been a series of incidents at Sandringham, the […]
Sometimes dedicated birdwatchers who feed the birds in their garden get the reward they deserve! A very rare rose-coloured starling has been spotted in an Ipswich garden by keen twitcher Rosie Forest. So, Rosie spotted a rosy! Birdwatchers have been flocking to Rosie’s garden in the hope of seeing the unusual visitor.
It is vital that the right measures are put in place to protect wildlife and the environment. But sometimes our efforts to address one problem can have an adverse effect on another. There is no better example of this than the planned new wind farms for Scotland. These installations have pitted two lobbies against each […]
City life can be stressful for people but what about urban Wildlife? Studies are showing that the creatures who make our cities their home are being deeply affected by the lighting and traffic noise.
Dogs have a habit of eating any food which they can sniff out but what about birds? It turns out that wild birds will adapt their diet to include whatever happens to be available and that could mean that they end up eating some rather weird and wonderful meals. But an adapted diet isn’t always […]
It’s one of those questions that you can’t help asking yourself when you see flamingos isn’t it? These colourful birds spend a great deal of time perching on one leg and can even sleep in this position. It looks so uncomfortable! But we shouldn’t view other species from the perspective of our own anatomy.