My last formal engagement as the RSPB’s CEO was to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC) at the Birdfair last August. The BBRC archives and database of rare taxa in Britain together provide a valuable tool to help assess population changes through time…

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Globally, we have lost more than a third of wetlands since the 1970s, at a rate three times that of the loss of natural forests. A quarter of wetland species are at risk of extinction and, although waterbird species have a relatively low threat of global extinction compared with other taxonomic groups, most populations are in long-term decline…

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For me, the first edition of Moult and Ageing of European Passerines (or simply ‘Jenni & Winkler’, which it is usually referred to as) has been one of the most important ornithological references in my library…

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The migrations of Woodcocks Scolopax rusticola visiting Britain & Ireland in winter are described using ringing data and information from satellite tracking…

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This article describes the breeding Curlews of southern England, an area which supports an estimated 500 pairs of predominantly lowland-breeding birds…

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A ‘Masked Wagtail’ at Camrose, Pembrokeshire, from 29th November to 26th December 2016 becomes as the first record of this taxon for Britain…

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The potential for confusion between dark-headed examples of ‘Grey-headed Wagtail’ Motacilla flava thunbergi and ‘Black-headed Wagtail’ M. f. feldegg is highlighted by a well-photographed bird on Cabrera…

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British Birds May 2020: summary of contents

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It wasn’t too many years ago that most birdwatchers regarded the species as an entirely stable unit of classification, something approaching a fixed state of being. In the past two decades, however, a steadily increasing number of studies in taxonomy…

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Records of White-billed Diver in the UK have increased since the 1990s. Most of this increase has occurred in Scotland…

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