Mountain hare numbers on moorlands in the eastern Highlands have declined to less than one percent of their initial levels, according to a newly published long-term scientific study. MARIANNE BROOKER reports
A controversial plan to protect grouse bred for shooting by removing hen harrier eggs and chicks is set to start this summer. But critics say the number of hen harriers is already worryingly low and this will only put them at further risk. MARIANNE BROWN reports
The Beast of the East has dumped snow all across Britain just as we should be looking ahead to Spring. The RSPB has today warned that birds will struggle to cope with the plummeting temperatures and urges people to give them a helping hand by providing food and shelter. CATHERINE HARTE reports
Report warns many rare breeding birds are at a high risk of extinction in the UK, based on projections of how climate will become less suitable for these species. Climate change will provide opportunities for some species while others will be more vulnerable, according to the latest research. Migratory birds are arriving in the UK earlier each Spring and leaving later each Autumn. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reports.
The RSPB's annual Birdcrime report details the shocking levels of crime against birds of prey in the UK with many being deliberately and illegally killed. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reports on what might be a bleak future for the UK's birds of prey.
The Hope Farm Bird Index has more than trebled between 2000 and 2017. Butterfly numbers on the farm have also increased by 213 percent. But during the same period the Farmland Bird Index nationally has decreased. JACK ALEXANDER reports
A planning application to build thousands of new houses on Lodge Hill, one of the last strongholds for nightingales in the UK, has been withdrawn. More than 12,000 people objected to the application to build on the Site of Special Scientific Interest, leading to a Public Inquiry being scheduled for March 2018. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reports
With a new coalition government the opportunities for fresh thinking about managing the UK countryside are vast, reports Dan Box. And the Stiperstones nature reserve is providing plenty of inspiration...