British Birds January 2020

Published on 01 January 2020 in Latest issues

The RSPB Centre for Conservation Science: developing evidence-based solutions to address the biodiversity crisis Against the backcloth of biodiversity in crisis, the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science was established in 2014. Its aim is to identify, provide and interpret the scientific evidence needed to help the RSPB and others to make informed decisions on biodiversity conservation and the environment. This paper highlights the work of the Centre and introduces its adopted model of conservation.

Important Bird Areas: The Wash The Wash, straddling the counties of Norfolk and Lincolnshire, is the most important estuary for wildlife in the UK. It supports a peak count of over 350,000 non-breeding waterbirds, including internationally important numbers of 17 species.

Falcated Duck in Norfolk: new to Britain This article describes the circumstances surrounding a male Falcated Duck at WWT Welney, Norfolk, in December 1986, and which reappeared there from August to October 1987. This individual has now been added it to Category A of the British List.

The Falcated Duck in Britain When considering additions to the British List, wildfowl are among the most controversial group of bird species for the BOURC to consider and this paper provides an account of BOURC’s treatment of this challenging file.

Letters  The sad exile of the UK’s leading ornithological library

Notes  Red Kite attempting to snatch fishing discards at sea;

Unusual hunting method of Short-eared Owl; Carrion Crows dropping freshwater mussels

BB eye  The Delta Birding Festival

News & comment, Book reviews, and Recent reports complete the January issue.

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