Merlins breeding in the Lammermuir Hills, in southeast Scotland, were studied from 1984 to 2014 in an area of heather moorland managed intensively for driven grouse shooting…

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British Birds March 2017, summary of contents

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A assessment published today in the journal Bird Conservation International has revealed that loss of habitat could lead to the extinction of a number of species of curlew and godwit, some of which are found in the UK…

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For most ringers, there are two guides that live near-permanently within arm’s reach: ‘Svensson’ (Identification Guide to European Passerines, 1992) and ‘Baker’ (Identification Guide to European Non-Passerines, 1993). Both guides have stood the test of time but a lot has changed since they were published…

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The biodiversity of oceanic islands has always attracted interest, especially from an evolutionary point of view. But with the exception of some flagship species, most aspects of natural history remain poorly understood, or accessible only through academic publications. This new book represents one of the best compilations of less well-known elements of the flora and fauna of the Canary Islands…

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One evening in September 1990, scientists from Cambridge University were out looking for nightjars in Ethiopia’s Nechisar National Park. In the road, they found a squashed bird, of which the wing was the only salvageable part. They packed it into a collection bag and, the following morning, had a proper look at it…

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he scope of Devon Bird Atlas 2007–2013, like so many of the current crop of county atlases, differs from the first in that it includes distribution maps for both the breeding season and the winter months. The fieldwork was carried out over six years…

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It’s been a year of mixed fortunes for Sparrowhawks in British gardens, with the highest recorded average counts in gardens last January, followed by the lowest-ever numbers for December, as reported by BTO Garden BirdWatch survey…

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This tetrad atlas is another that follows on from the publication of Bird Atlas 2007–11. It is the second atlas for the county; the Fife Bird Atlas (see Brit. Birds 97: 203), covering 1991–99, was the first atlas to record distributions in the breeding season and also year-round…

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I’ve fairly recently moved in to live with my partner. An eyebrow was raised about the number of books I brought with me. In reality, it was only about a quarter of my entire book collection but that’s enough to have turned the small spare bedroom of our London flat into something that more closely resembles a library…

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