Rare breeding birds in the UK in 2017 This report documents the status of rare or scarce native birds that were recorded breeding, or showed signs of breeding, in the UK in 2017. It was a particularly memorable year for rare breeding birds. A pair of Night Herons in Somerset was the first ever confirmed breeding in the UK; Cattle Egrets nested at four sites; and there were record totals of Black-winged Stilts, Spoonbills, Bitterns and Little Egrets.
Letters A new focus for Birdfair; Common Pheasants and Avian Influenza; What brought about the influx of Siberian Accentors to Europe in autumn 2016? A contribution to the debate
BB eye The changing nature of bird conservation
News & comment, Book reviews, Recent reports and My patch complete the December issue.
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