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The annual challenge of ‘abandoned baby birds’

You might have experienced it yourself. Coming home after walking the dog, you find a confused-looking baby house sparrow in the drive way. Or whilst playing football in the park, you come across a seemingly abandoned freshly-fledged wood pigeon, whilst fetching the ball from under a bush. Sounds familiar?   Continue reading

Unusual number of birds in gardens during April cold snap

At this time of year most birds are starting to think about raising young, and many head out of gardens for that purpose. During the unusually cold start to April, however, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Garden BirdWatch had more reports of some species than normal. Will this change as the weather warms or is something else at play? Your help is needed to find out. Continue reading

African leaders step up fight against Illegal Wildlife Trade and Poaching

African governments have made a commitment towards addressing illegal wildlife trade in Africa by agreeing on an implementation road map for the African Strategy on Combating Illegal Exploitation and Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora in Africa. Continue reading

Calling all young birders

As part of the Spurn Bird Observatory Trust (SBOT) 2016 Migration Festival, SBOT, the Next Generation Birders (NGB) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) are running a competition to find the Observatory’s Young Birder of The Year. Continue reading

The future of Caño Tiburones hangs on a thread

The wind in your hair, the sound of birds, you’re paddling down 30km of estuarine channels in Puerto Rico’s largest wetland. A unique mix of freshwater and saltwater producing a full variety of natural aromas from native plants. Trying to spot all 190 resident bird species, lost in the moment, you might not realise that this small paradise is under attack. Farmers want to reclaim some of the land and a water-thirsty incinerator might be built here. Suddenly, you start to notice a slight smell of pollution, which also threatens the wetland. Continue reading

Say ‘no’ to extinction: saving Bristly and his fourteen companions

Stresemann’s Bristlefront Merulaxis stresemanni: a long-tailed bird with distinctive forehead bristles, a rufous rump, a musical whistle song, seen perhaps eating frogs and insects, and with a tennis-ball-sized tunnel for its nest. Spotted a handful of times since its rediscovery in Brazil’s Atlantic forest in 1995, that’s about all we know of this unique bird. Apart from one scary fact: there are fewer than fifteen individual birds left of the entire species. Continue reading

Climate Change Agreement rooted by historic signing on Earth Day

Think of trees and you may think of fresh air to breathe. You may think of trapping carbon and combating climate change, or of food, a livelihood, or of forest habitat for the wildlife you love. You may think of the inspiration you found whilst climbing in nature as a child, or you might think of a robust trunk and long-lived roots that extend beyond our own lives. However you think of trees, they are a great symbol for Earth Day this year, which marks a special ceremony. Continue reading

Veterinary drug could cause major drop in vulture numbers in Spain, new study confirms

According to a new study, published in the Journal of Applied Ecology on Monday and analysing the potential effects of the use of veterinary diclofenac in Spain, the approval in that country of the use of these two new veterinary drugs containing diclofenac – Diclovet and Dolofenac – could jeopardise the viability of Europe’s most important breeding population of Griffon Vultures. Continue reading

Sustainable Bird Tourism Scales Up to Support Tropical Conservation

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and its partners are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Latin American Bird Reserve Network. A successful model for sustainable bird tourism designed to prevent the extinction of some of the Americas’ rarest bird species, the network now includes more than 70 tropical reserves spanning close to one million acres. Continue reading

New Resource Will Help Fisheries Managers Avoid Seabird Bycatch

Seabird bycatch is an enormous problem for sustainability of fisheries and conservation of seabirds, with at least 720,000 seabirds killed annually in longline and gillnet fisheries. Continue reading