Stepping off the Orient Express in Istanbul in April 1966, I wasn’t aware of what the next 50 years would open my eyes to in the world of Islam. The haunting voice of the Muezzin calling the faithful to prayer from the Blue Mosque rang over the city and, as I look back, may have been saying: ‘Young man, the Middle East is now your ornithological playground.’

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This year marks the 90th anniversary for BTO’s longest running survey, which has been carried out annually since 1928, and represents, as far as anyone is aware, the longest running dataset for any breeding bird in the world…

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This lavish, large-format regional atlas compares the results of three tetrad-based surveys of breeding birds carried out in the London Natural History Society (LNHS) recording area…

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Excluding accounts that appeared as parts of more general works (such as the Victoria County History series), around 40 county avifaunas appeared in book form from the midpoint of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1866 to the end of the Edwardian era in 1910. That Shropshire was not among this great wave of local avifaunas was due to the untimely death, from cirrhosis of the liver on 1st July 1892, of William Beckwith…

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I am pleased to say that Hetty Saunders’ book does not disappoint, and is required reading for anyone interested in Baker, his book, and story-telling around nature themes…

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British Birds and the British Trust for Ornithology announce the winner of the award for Best Local Bird Atlas 2007–17. All local atlases and avifaunas published since November 2007 were eligible for consideration for this award…

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A first-calendar-year male Chestnut Bunting rutila was discovered on Papa Westray, Orkney, on 19th October 2015…

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The latest full survey of breeding Cirl Buntings Emberiza cirlus in the UK, in 2016, recorded an estimated 1,079 territories in 186 occupied tetrads. The UK population is still largely confined to south Devon but there is now a self-sustaining population of 65 pairs in south Cornwall…

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Adult Northern Gannets from Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire, were fitted with satellite tags to investigate their ranging behaviour during chick-rearing and early post-breeding periods…

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British Birds March 2018: summary of contents

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