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Building new homes for swifts and communities

With swift numbers and nesting sites in decline Europe’s biggest nature conservation charity, the UK’s biggest house builder and Manthorpe Building Products Ltd have collaborated to create a new swift nest box in a brick format which can then easily be fitted in any new home. Continue reading

Wind Turbines on the Great Lakes Threaten Migratory Birds

 A radar study released last month by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) provides stark evidence that wind turbines on the Great Lakes pose an unacceptably high risk to migratory birds and other wildlife. Yet this region in New York has been targeted for enormous wind energy projects, including the proposed Lighthouse Wind facility—one of the nation’s 10 worst for birds, according to our recent report. Continue reading

New badger cull imminent: The Wildlife Trusts call for end to flawed policy

The Wildlife Trusts will oppose any decision by Natural England to grant new licences for culling badgers and will call on the Government and the newly appointed Secretary of State, Andrea Leadsom, to overrule and reverse this decision immediately. Continue reading

RSPB nature reserve another step closer to becoming largest of its kind in the UK

A recent handover of land has set an RSPB reserve on the way to becoming the UK’s largest created reedbed thanks to a ground breaking 30-year partnership project between the RSPB and construction materials company Hanson.  Continue reading

Hornsea offshore wind farm decision devastating for iconic seabirds

The RSPB is deeply concerned that the Secretary of State’s decision to approve the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm will lead to the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of globally important seabirds. Continue reading

Rare cranes fledge in view of passing commuters

Cranes are some of the UK’s rarest breeding birds – so rare in fact that to most people it would be news that these exotic-looking birds can be seen in this country at all. With just 25 pairs of cranes breeding in the UK each year – give or take – it is hardly surprising that few people will have ever seen one in the wild themselves. Continue reading

Reintroducing the Black-fronted Piping-guan in Brazil

A routine check-up in 2010 revealed that only one Black-fronted Piping-guan was left in the mountain range of Sierra do Mar, São Paulo. Wasting no time, the team of SAVE Brasil built a huge enclosure camouflaged in the Atlantic Forest to start a reintroduction programme. Six years later, the situation is being reverted: the birds are adapting and the locals are making sure their homes stay intact.  Continue reading

Houbara Bustard nest discovered in Jordan

For the first time since its release between 2014-2016 under the Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Houbara Reintroduction Project, a Houbara bustard nest has been spotted by field teams from the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature in Jordan (RSCN). The initiative is managed by the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC). Continue reading

WWT welcomes new invasive species law

A list of 37 invasive non-native plant and animal species including squirrels, a terrapin and a cabbage will be banned from being brought into the UK after this Wednesday – but only for as long as the UK remains in the EU. Continue reading

World’s biggest nature event to ‘move it, move it’ for Madagascan forest

Birdfair 2016 will bring together wildlife enthusiasts to raise funds to help save a unique forest in Southern Madagascar, home to rare birds, lemurs and frogs. Continue reading