The British Antarctic Territory is a UK Overseas Territory that includes the Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea, extending from 60ºS to the South Pole. It has 19 species of regularly breeding birds, among them Emperor, Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adélie Penguins…

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Since the 1990s the status of the Pallid Harrier in western Europe has changed beyond all recognition. Once an extremely rare vagrant, it now appears increasingly regularly…

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We are blessed with a large literature on bird names, much of it quite recent. It is easy, for example, to discover the meanings behind the Latin or Latinised nomenclature, to investigate eponyms and to find long and fascinating lists of obsolete or dialect names. What, then, is the point of this new book?

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Unfortunately, a small number of defective copies of the December issue of BB have been despatched to subscribers – if you have one, please let Hazel Jenner know – send her an e-mail with your name (and address or subscriber number) and we’ll send out a fresh copy.

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British Birds December 2018: summary of contents

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A European Storm-petrel chick has been recorded calling on the Shiant Isles for the very first time. This is an important step for the Shiant Isles Recovery Project as it’s the first known breeding of this species on the islands….

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RSPB Scotland is appealing for information following the suspicious disappearance of four satellite tagged Hen Harriers over the last 10 weeks…

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Many North American waders are recorded in Europe each year as transatlantic vagrants, but such vagrancy is much harder to identify in species that are common on both continents…

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This is the 43rd report published by the Rare Breeding Birds Panel (RBBP), and includes details of 86 rare or scarce native taxa that bred, or showed signs of breeding, in the UK in 2016…

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A Yellow Wagtail of the subspecies M. f. iberiae found at East Lea, Filey, Yorkshire, on 22nd April 2015 has been accepted as the first record of this taxon for Britain…

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