What’s in the latest BB? September 2016

Sep 16 cover

  • BB eye
  • – News & comment
  • – Rare breeding birds in the UK in 2014
  • – Obituary – Hugh Boyd
  • – Notes
  • – Book reviews – Recent reports

Latest articles


    Fifteen year-old George Dunbar, from Cheshire, was named Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder of the Year, at the 2016 Spurn Migration Festival, ahead of four other young finalists and thirty young birders who entered this year’s competition…

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    Ringers have always relied on guides that provide specific biometric and ageing criteria to ensure that they correctly identify, age and sex any bird they capture. In this new guide, Laurent Demongin has brought together a wealth of information on the 301 species most frequently caught in western Europe…

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    Following on from the groundbreaking State of Nature report in 2013, leading professionals from 53 wildlife organisations have pooled expertise and knowledge to present the clearest picture to date of the status of our native species across land and sea. The report reveals that over half (56%) of UK species studied have declined since 1970…

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    The Critically Endangered White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis (photographed here in
Rajasthan, India, in January 1981) was abundant in India a quarter of a century ago, but diclofenac
poisoning has wiped out all but a fraction of the population. Eric Hosking/FLPA

    The fact that vultures are in serious decline over most of Asia and Africa is attracting increasing international attention. Asian vulture populations are thought to stand now at less than 1% of their numbers only 25 years ago, and African populations have collapsed over the past decade or more. In every case, this is due primarily or entirely to increased poisoning…

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    The British Eastern Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus are the most rampant and professional stronghold of illegal songbird trapping in Europe…

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