June 23rd will always be a memorable date for me. No, not June 23rd 2016 and the EU Referendum. Far more significant (to me) was June 23rd 1987 and ‘my’ male Lesser Kestrel on Fair Isle. The 30th anniversary of that momentous day is later this month and I’ll be marking it with a fond smile and a raised glass because, as yet another June 23rd comes around, I have yet to find a better bird in Britain…

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25 Black-tailed Godwits were released into their new home in the Cambridgeshire Fens yesterday by conservationists from RSPB and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) as part of ‘Project Godwit’…

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Many of us will share Mark Holling’s frustration with frequent changes to the order in which bird families and species are placed in lists (Holling 2016). I agree that the changes come about because taxonomists want to use the ‘best’ list, so that the sequence is changed in the light of new opinions about the avian evolutionary tree. But the problem lies deeper than this…

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British records of Mugimaki Flycatcher and Chinese Pond Heron have presented BOURC with particular issues regarding provenance. This paper sets out the circumstances surrounding each claim…

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The Summer Meeting of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia (OSME) will be held on Saturday 1st July at the BTO, in Thetford…

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An adult Chinese Pond Heron at Eccles-on-Sea, Norfolk, on 31st October 2004, and East Dean, Hampshire, on 13th November 2004 becomes the first British record…

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Ornithologists have visited Fair Isle for over 100 years and the Bird Observatory staff have systematically counted migrants on a daily basis for more than 60 years, producing a long-term dataset comprising over one million records of more than 400 species…

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RSPB Scotland has welcomed the announcement that an independent enquiry will be set up into gamebird shoot licensing. The announcement was made by the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP…

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British Birds June 2017, summary of contents

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For the first time ever a pair of Black-winged Stilts have chosen to breed on the reserve at WWT Welney…

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