As BB went to press, the UK was experiencing the most severe winter weather for 30 years. Reacting to the conditions, the RSPB took the lead with emergency feeding of threat- ened species, including Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris and Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus, and wild- fowling bans were imposed in Scot- land and Northern Ireland. England and Wales awaited a ban from January 16th. Despi...

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