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RSPB announces intention to fight planning application for 5000 homes on England’s premier nightingale site

The RSPB will be asking the Secretary of State to examine last night’s decision by Medway Council, in North Kent to approve an outline planning application for the development of 5000 homes on Lodge Hill – a nationally protected wildlife site, home to a nationally-important population of nightingales. Continue reading

Fishing fleets in Argentina agree to use devices to stop albatross deaths

A major trawl fishery in Argentina has just agreed to start trialling and test-using lines that scare birds away from the fishing equipment that has been causing the accidental death of species like the globally Near-Threatened Black-browed Albatross. Continue reading

Climate change threatens 314 North American bird species

Climate change threatens nearly half the bird species in the continental United States and Canada, including the Bald Eagle and dozens of other species like the Common Loon, Baltimore Oriole and Brown Pelican, according to a new study published by National Audubon Society (BirdLife in the U.S.A.). Continue reading

Vultures in Africa and Europe could face extinction within our lifetime warn conservationists

BirdLife International – the world’s largest conservation partnership – has announced that vultures have rapidly become one of the most threatened families of birds on the planet. Continue reading

A tale of three wagtails; familiar species in decline

The latest Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) annual report shows all three UK breeding wagtail species are in long-term decline. However, the reasons behind these trends are not clear. Continue reading

Robins take a break from gardens thanks to extremely mild weather

Last winter, the British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO) Garden Bird Feeding Survey saw very low numbers of birds using garden feeding stations because of the mild weather and abundance of natural food. What was most surprising, however, was that even our Robins seemed to abandon us. Continue reading

RSPB responds to ‘common sense’ decision to drop Thames Estuary airport

Common sense has prevailed as the Airports Commission rules out an airport in the Thames Estuary. Continue reading

Don’t let the turtle dove become the UK’s ‘passenger pigeon’, says RSPB

On the 100th anniversary of the extinction of North America’s passenger pigeon today [Monday 1 September, 2014], the RSPB is highlighting the plight of the turtle dove, which is currently halving in number every six years. Continue reading

Isle of Wight bee-eaters rewrite the record books

Bee-eaters nesting on the Isle of Wight have successfully raised eight chicks – the most successful breeding attempt on record in the UK. Three chicks have now fledged from one nest and another five chicks have fledged from a second nest. Continue reading

Critically endangered Mascarene Petrel discovered at sea and unique image captured of bird with its egg.

An expedition to find the Critically Endangered Mascarene Petrel at sea has returned with new information on one of the world’s least-known seabirds. Incredibly they have photographed a female bird where the egg is an obvious protrusion in the contour of her underbody. Continue reading