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Lead poisoning – Government announces decision

The Government has rejected a stakeholder group’s recommendation that lead ammunition should be phased out on account of its risk to wildlife and human health. Continue reading

Success at Russian breeding grounds lightens grief over chick deaths

Thirty spoon-billed sandpiper chicks have been hatched by conservationists in Russia over the weekend. The good news follows the tragic death last week of the world’s first captive-bred spoon-billed sandpipers. Continue reading

Record-breaking gannet arrives home

Marathon flight highlights potential impact of proposed off-shore wind farms. Continue reading

Satellite-tracking study links population declines to Cuckoo’s choice of migration route

A study tracking the migrations of Common Cuckoos with tiny satellite tags, carried out by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) over the past five years, has made a series of stunning discoveries. The results, just published in Nature Communications, shed new light on the lives of migrating birds and point to some of the causes of the species’ dramatic population decline. Continue reading

Double first for Britain as rare chicks hatch

Two tiny chicks have made history this week when they hatched from their eggs on an RSPB Scotland nature reserve. Continue reading

RSPB in North Pennines seek cause of moorland bird decline

The RSPB has fitted whinchats at the nature conservation organisation’s Geltsdale reserve with special tracking devices in an attempt to discover why these migrant birds are in serious decline. Whinchats are small colourful birds that travel across from Africa every summer to breed in the uplands of the UK. But since the mid 1990s their numbers have halved, making them a species of serious conservation concern. Continue reading

No chicks for Hoy’s sea eagles this year

Those eagerly awaiting Orkney’s first sea eagle chicks in over a century will have to wait a little longer, it seems. Both adult birds have been seen off the nest in recent days, according to the local RSPB Scotland team – a strong sign that the young pair has not been successful in raising a family this year. Continue reading

Tagging unlocks the secret lives of St Ives’ gulls

A newly-published paper in Ringing & Migration, the journal of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Ringing Scheme, explains how state-of-the art GPS tags have unlocked the secrets of four Herring Gulls nesting on the rooftops of St Ives, Cornwall, a seaside resort where gulls can be unpopular with residents and visitors alike during the summer months. Two male and two female birds were captured and fitted with GPS backpack tags while they incubated their eggs on a cinema, supermarket and local restaurants. This allowed their movements to be tracked throughout the summer of 2014.  Continue reading

Attenborough ‘soggy summer risk to UK butterflies’

Sir David Attenborough is warning that this year’s slow spring and soggy summer could pose a risk to the UK’s common butterflies. Continue reading

Scotland’s warblers doing well

In the latest Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) report – released today – Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Whitethroat show large, long-term population increases in Scotland. However, the reasons behind these increases vary between species. Continue reading