British Birds April 2017

Published on 04 April 2017 in Latest issues

BB eye Why it is in the driven grouse industry’s interest to clean up its own act, by Martin Harper

The Sacred Ibis in Europe: ecology and management The adaptability of the Sacred Ibis means that it thrives in landscapes modified by human activity. In recent decades, non-native populations have become established in several areas of Europe. Such populations have the potential to establish and increase quickly, and thus to have a significant impact on native species.

‘Dark-breasted Barn Owl’ breeding in Cheshire & Wirral in 2014 A female ‘Dark-breasted Barn Owl’ was found breeding with a male of the nominate subspecies at a site in Cheshire & Wirral in May 2014. Three eggs were laid, from which two chicks hatched and fledged. This is only the second record of Dark-breasted Barn Owl breeding in Britain.

Phenotypic characteristics of Common Buzzards on Fuerteventura The Common Buzzards from Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands, are distinctive, resembling both Long-legged and Common Buzzard in some aspects. This paper describes the plumage of the Fuerteventura Buzzard, and highlights features that separate it from Common Buzzards in the western Canary Islands and from North African Long-legged Buzzard.

Thriving Willow Tits in a post-industrial landscape The decline of the Willow Tit in the UK has made it a conservation priority species. Evidence is presented that in some areas of the UK, including a study area in the Dearne Valley catchment in Barnsley, Yorkshire, there has been an increase and colonisation over the past 25 years.

Obituaries Frank Gribble, Eric Meek

Letters Driven grouse shooting – an alternative view

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