For many people, their first encounter with birds is through feeding them – probably ducks or pigeons in a local park as a child – and for that reason alone, bird feeding is an important social activity…

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The deceptively slim volume packs a mass of information about one of our most familiar birds into its pages. Martyn Stenning studied Blue Tits and Pied Flycatchers at the University of Sussex…

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A female Green-winged Teal, paired with a drake, was seen and photographed in Shetland in May 2018…

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Over the last 25 years more than 70 Bearded Vultures have been seen across northwest Europe, many far from their mountain breeding ranges in the Alps and the Pyrenees…

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Shearwaters are among the greatest travellers on earth, living their elusive lives mostly far out at sea, but constrained to breed in dense colonies on islands away from land-based predators…

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The BB Charitable Trust is again looking for applicants from young people aged 16–21 for projects in 2019. It could fund an observatory visit, a small-scale research project or perhaps habitat creation at a local patch. The aim is simply to encourage young people with their birding…

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British Birds January 2019: summary of contents

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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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