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Tense times for ornithologists as famous Cuckoo goes missing

A satellite-tagged Cuckoo, named Chris after wildlife presenter Chris Packham, is giving scientists at the British Trust for Ornithology sleepless nights. Continue reading

Government needs to keep fracking promise, says RSPB

The RSPB has called on the Government to introduce new measures that rule out fracking within all protected areas, including Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), before handing out any new fracking licences offers. Continue reading

New report reveals 25 million birds illegally killed in the Mediterranean every year

Unlawfully shot, trapped or poisoned: tens of millions of birds are being illegally killed each year around the Mediterranean, according to a pioneering scientific review. Continue reading

Hardest hit wildlife shows signs of recovery on RSPB reserve

Wardens at the RSPB’s Havergate Island nature reserve, Suffolk, have rediscovered several species they feared had disappeared from the island after the 2013 tidal storm surge. Continue reading

New National Nature Reserve will be UK’s largest

The UK’s newest and largest National Nature Reserve (NNR) – The Great Trossachs Forest – took a step closer to reality today (13 August), after it was approved by the Board of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). Continue reading

Feel invited to go bird watching in charming Polesie

Year after year bird watching, that is ornithological tourism, wins the hearts of thousands of tourists who want to relax from the hustle-bustle of the city and seek silence in natural environment. Continue reading

Saving the Egyptian Vulture: Mission still possible

Vultures may not be the prettiest of birds: They are often reviled for their looks, and are prone to illegal killing and poisoning, but it’s hard to argue against their usefulness. Continue reading

Brave efforts pay off in doubly-successful project to restore colonies of Chinese Crested Tern

The Chinese Crested Tern Thalasseus bernsteini is one of the rarest birds in the world. Only rediscovered 15 years ago, after its assumed extinction for six decades, this Critically Endangered seabird has a very small population size and only three breeding sites are known. Continue reading

Calling all photographers – Bird Photographer of the Year

Introducing a brand new photography competition. A collaboration between the British Trust for Ornithology and Nature Photographers Ltd supporting conservation and celebrating the artistry of bird photography. Continue reading

First flight of wild young cranes in West Country for 400 years

Wildlife conservationists are celebrating this week after young wild cranes took to the air in the West Country for the first time in four centuries. And it’s a double celebration, with successful crane families in both Somerset and Gloucestershire. Continue reading