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Britain needs more nest boxes

Many of the UK’s birds will struggle to find a suitable nesting site for the breeding season. The 19th National Nest Box Week (NNBW), starting on Valentine’s Day, encourages people to put up a nest box in their local area. The week is organised by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and sponsored by Jacobi Jayne. People are also encouraged to sign up for Nest Box Challenge (NBC) to report what happens in their box. Continue reading

New Zealand Fairy Tern – critically endangered tiny tern faces new threat

Around half of the ten or so New Zealand Fairy Tern pairs remaining in the world breed at the beautiful Northland harbour of Mangawhai. They nest on the enormous sandspit where the Department of Conservation and NZ Fairy Tern Trust maintain a trapping programme for predators and the nests are closely monitored during the breeding season.  Continue reading

Billion people living off wetlands

February 2 was World Wetlands Day, the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands (the so-called Ramsar Convention). This year the focus is on Wetlands for our future: sustainable livelihoods. Continue reading

Rock Partridge hunting in Montenegro banned for three years

Thanks to increasing pressure and a campaign from the Centre for the Protection and Research of Birds of Montenegro (CZIP, BirdLife Partner) and the Montenegrin Customs Authority, a three-year moratorium has been issued against the illegal hunting, killing and smuggling of Rock Partridge in Montenegro. Continue reading

Failure to ban toxic ammunition putting bird lives at risk

Birds in Europe will continue to be put at risk from lead poisoning, as the European Commission today announces it will continue allowing the chemical’s use in ammunition. Continue reading

An area the size of Scotland lost from the world’s most important sites for nature

Conservationis scientists from the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK), BirdLife International, and colleagues in Italy assessed satellite data to measure forest loss in 7,000 key sites for nature from 2000-2012. Continue reading

Largest ever survey of Scottish wildcats commences

The largest-ever survey of Scottish wildcats is now underway with more than 300 trail cameras live as from today. Continue reading

Fresh moves to manage Lewis and Harris greylag population

A fresh drive to reduce the Lewis and Harris greylag goose population starts on 1 February with shooting taking place where previously agreed with the landowner and occupier. Continue reading

South Africa stabilizes rhino poaching as threat spreads across the region

South Africa has announced its first decrease in rhino poaching since 2007, but this slight improvement was offset by an alarming increase in the number of rhinos still being killed and also the significant increase seen across neighbouring countries.
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Sudden freezing weather drove birds into gardens

The unusually warm end to 2015 has resulted in quiet bird tables this winter, according to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).  As soon as the January cold snap arrived, however, BTO Garden BirdWatchers started reporting more Wrens, Goldcrests and Long-tailed Tits in their gardens. Continue reading