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Save Northumberland’s sea duck

The RSPB is calling for better protection for Northumberland’s emblematic bird, the eider duck, 1,300 years after St Cuthbert introduced the first laws to help the seabird.
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Sea eagle numbers predicted to climb in Scotland

A new Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) report predicts that the number of white-tailed eagles, also known as sea eagles, is likely to be around 221 pairs by 2025 with potential for a much larger population by 2040. Continue reading

Bitterns experiencing baby boom

The bittern – a bulky type of heron extinct in the UK at the turn of the 20th Century – has experienced another successful year for breeding, according to an annual national survey carried out by RSPB staff and volunteers. Continue reading

Birds of the Arabian Night

When the Sun begins to set on the Middle East, the majority of the region’s birdlife settle down to roost for the night. Yet for others, the day is just beginning. We are of course talking about owls – those nocturnal birds of prey that bewitch us with their secrets and unusual behaviours.
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Irreplaceable – Sierra de Bahoruco, Dominican Republic

At 1,100 km, Sierra de Bahoruco National Park, is the largest terrestrial protected area of the Dominican Republic and one of the most important refuges for Hispaniola island’s unique biodiversity. Continue reading

Smartbirds – understanding how gulls behave through high-tech backpacks

In a bid to understand how the amber-listed Lesser Black-backed Gull behaves around offshore wind farms, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) has partnered with DONG Energy to carry out a study of the species off the Cumbrian coast. Continue reading

New Zealand’s Department of Conservation help staff of Cook Islands’ partner save the Rarotonga Flycatcher

In August the conservation of the colourful Kakerori (Rarotonga Flycatcher) got a boost through a hands on training of local staff from visiting predator control specialists from New Zealand.   Te Ipukarea Society project officers Liam and Alanna got up close and personal with the rare and bird in the Takitumu Conservation Area (TCA) where they joined staff of New Zealand Department of Conservation (DoC) as they traversed the rat baiting tracks, which are crucially important in keeping rat populations low enough to ensure the Kakerori’s survival. The two young officers learnt valuable techniques from the New Zealanders including setting up of mist nets and learning how to catch, measure, weigh and band the birds before releasing them back into the forest. Continue reading

Irreplaceable – Lake Natron, Tanzania

Lake Natron is world famous for its breeding Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor, of which about half a million pairs regularly visit the lake for nesting and raising their young. There are also large numbers of other waterbirds, both migratory and resident.  Lake Natron is a shallow highly-saline lake in a closed basin on the floor of the Eastern Rift Valley. It is 1,540 km2, but only 50 cm deep. The IBA is also a Ramsar Site (wetland of international importance) but has no national protection status. Continue reading

Save Cumbria’s Seabirds

The RSPB is calling for better protection for the thousands of seabirds that breed on the Cumbria coast. Continue reading

Mystery of butterfly disaster summer

Common butterflies saw their numbers collapse over the summer despite the UK experiencing weather conditions that usually help them to thrive, results from the Big Butterfly Count have revealed. Continue reading