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.
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 […]
The UK has experienced record winter temperatures in February. While the hot spell was wonderful for people, it wasn’t great news for birds.
The RSPB has decided to leave the Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative, voicing concerns that it has not been effective due to the Moorland Association’s refusal to take any action towards reducing, nor in fact even acknowledging the unlawful killing of raptors to protect game birds. The Moorland Association was just one of the […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
Wildlife presenter and campaigner Chris Packham found himself in court recently charged with assault. The alleged incident took place in Malta where Packham and his team were filming independently for broadcast on YouTube and Facebook. They were attempting to highlight the illegal killing and trapping of rare migratory birds in Malta.
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 […]
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.