Breeding birds remain in serious decline


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The results of the 2018 Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) have been published and they are far from encouraging. In addition to the steady decline in bird numbers over recent decades, the memorable Beast from the East appears to have taken its toll on both resident and migrant birds.

Sunday, May 26th, 2019

Migrating birds encounter barrier to nesting sites


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Every year, sand martins undertake a huge journey from Africa to the UK in order to return to their nesting sites. But this year, thousands of the birds are being stopped in their tracks by netting. Norfolk District Council has come under fire for erecting the nets to keep returning birds away from a sandscaping […]

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Could Grouse Moors Actually Help Wild Birds?


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Conservationist Chris Packham has called for an end to grouse shooting and has blamed game keepers for killing endangered hen harriers. He has dubbed grouse shooting “moorland vandalism” and appears to waging war on those who maintain moorland specifically for sport shooting. The RSPB have also spoken out against grouse shooting. They claim that intensive […]

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

An Ill Wind for Birds


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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 […]

Thursday, June 15th, 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

RSPB Embroiled in Feud with Landowners and Grouse Shooters


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A rare hen harrier which went missing in County Durham sparked an unpleasant feud between landowners, grouse shooters and conservationists last year. The bird in question, Highlander, had been fitted with a tracking device but this stopped transmitting in April. It was feared that the harrier had been deliberately killed to protect lucrative grouse moors.

Friday, February 10th, 2017