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World’s oldest tagged Terek Sandpiper discovered in Belarus

It was a regular day in the field for ornithologists at the birds ringing station in the Turau Meadow, Belarus on 13 May, 2016. That is, until they caught a Terek Sandpiper. Continue reading

Spix’s Macaw reappears in Brazil

It was Grandpa Pinpin’s dream: to see his favourite bird, Spix’s Macaw, fly again over the skies of Curaçá, small town of about 20,000, in the dry Caatinga area in Bahia, Brazil, where goat herding is the main activity. Pinpin Oliveira passed away last year, age 94, his wish unfulfilled. But the baton was passed to his 16 year old grand-daughter, Damily, who not only saw the macaw, not seen in the wild since 2000, but also managed to film it with her mobile phone. Continue reading

Malta’s first marine Special Protection Areas announced

Good news for endangered Maltese seabirds! The national government has given Malta its first eight marine Special Protection Areas (SPAs) specifically for birds. Now that these sites have been designated, Malta will also be fulfilling its obligation of implementing the EU Birds Directive. Continue reading

Scotland’s butterfly population shows winners and losers

Scotland’s butterfly population continues to have winners and losers in the face of climate change and habitat loss, the latest Scottish Biodiversity Indicator has reported. Continue reading

New behaviour seen in rare wading birds

A ménage-a-trois between breeding black-tailed godwits has been witnessed for the first time ever by staff at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Norfolk. Continue reading

Eggs mean fresh hope for spoon-billed sandpipers

One of the world’s rarest birds has a new hope: it’s laid eggs in captivity for the first time. Continue reading

Rare moth in severe decline at its last English site

 Numbers of a rare species of moth – found only in York in England – have tumbled in recent years, a team including researchers from the University of York have discovered. Continue reading

Proposed Eagle Management Plan Could Have Deadly Consequences

A new eagle-management plan proposed by the federal government would give wind energy developers 30-year permits to “take” or incidentally kill protected Bald and Golden Eagles, without requiring the industry to share mortality data with the public or take into consideration such critical factors as proper siting. The so-called Eagle Take Rule, proposed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, puts many thousands of the nation’s protected Bald and Golden Eagles at unacceptable risk. Continue reading

Rare birds make a home and history at RSPB Scotland nature reserve

First breeding record for little gulls in Scotland and only sixth for Britain. Continue reading

Record number of stone-curlews nesting on Suffolk Coast

The stone-curlew stars of BBC Springwatch may have had a tough time of it at Minsmere this month, but landowners continue to secure the future of one of the UK’s rarest breeding birds as chicks successfully hatch in their UK stronghold of the Brecks and a record number of breeding pairs is recorded on the Suffolk Coast. Continue reading