RSPB Annual Birdcrime Report


There’s an old saying that there are lies, damn lies and statistics. It is true that facts and figures can often be deceptive and can be interpreted in different ways. The recently published Annual Birdcrime report from the RSPB is a case in point. The Royal society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) prefaced their […]

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

New Haven for Seabirds in Cornwall


The latest IUCN red list brought bad news for the world’s seabirds. Several species joined the list as climate change and commercial fishing continue to impact the birds. The black-legged Kittiwake and Cape Gannet have moved closer to extinction and many of our treasured birds are now endangered. But amidst the worrying headlines in 2017, […]

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

The EU Ban on Trade in Wild Birds


Before 2005, European countries were the biggest importers of wild birds. The various species mainly emanated from West Africa. Many of the birds later escaped into the wild and threatened local species. But in 2005 the EU introduced a temporary ban on the import of these birds in response to the threat of an avian […]

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

The Wandering Albatross


The BBC’s Blue Planet series never ceases to amaze and is always an attention grabber. A recent episode highlighted the wonderful wandering albatross. But these beautiful birds have experienced a serious decline in numbers over the last thirty years. New research has revealed that there are only half as many breeding pairs as were found […]

Friday, December 8th, 2017