birds

A buzzard in flight, photographed by Tambako The Jaguar. Via Flickr.com.

Buzzard 'control' licences must be refused

Martin Harper
| 2nd June 2014
An application has been made to kill ten buzzards to protect pheasant poults at a game shoot. With buzzards only slowly returning to the UK after decades of persecution, writes Martin Harper, this and all similar applications must be rejected.

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Common nightingale (luscinia megarhynchos). Photo: gynti_46 via Flickr.com.

Celebrate 'National Nightingale Night' on May 18th

Chris Rose
| 13th May 2014
Britain's nightingales are in decline - not least because of intensive farming, and our insistence on building over their last refuges. But their song is as unforgettable as ever, writes Chris Rose, and that will surely be the key to valuing them more ...

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Many of the Somerset Levels's rarest species inhabit the ditches or 'rhynes' that thread the landscape. Photo: Joe Dunckley via Flickr.com.

Somerset Levels - a vision for 2030

Somerset Levels
Moors Task Force
| 8th February 2014
As fierce public debate rages over how to manage the Somerset Levels, a Task Force of farmers, wildlife groups, official Agencies and Councils has agreed a new 'Vision 2030' for the Levels - one the mainstream media have entirely missed ...

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A British barn owl in the wild. Photo: Barn Owl Trust.

Save our Barn owls!

David Ramsden
| 6th February 2014
Britain's barn owls are in trouble, their number 70% down on historic levels. A big reason for the dramatic decline is the growing use of toxic rodenticides to kill farm rats, writes David Ramsden, who urges us to join the campaign to limit their use.

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Baby sparrow in child's hands. Photo: Firma V / shutterstock.com.

The fallen, the risen

Chaia Heller
| 19th November 2013
A dinner on the deck is interrupted by the fall of a baby sparrow. The event triggers a flood of thoughts and powerful emotions - and a renewed faith in our children's ability to grasp an uncertain future.

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The Peregrine

The Peregrine

Mark Newton
| 26th April 2012
A masterpiece of nature writing, J.A. Baker’s ‘The Peregrine’ is well worth revisiting, says Mark Newton, not just for the prose but also to help us re-engage with the natural world

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Bolgs and Comments

Who Was Killed By Cock Robin?

Malcolm Tait
| 25th November 2008
Across, the pond, the news that one of the US's most iconic birds might be helping to spread the West Nile virus is about as welcome as suggesting Jesus was a communist

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