British Birds February 2020: summary of contents

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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…

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The Wash, straddling the counties of Norfolk and Lincolnshire, is the most important estuary for wildlife in the UK…

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This new photographic identification guide to the world’s pelagic birds is a comprehensive, authoritative and impressive volume…

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This article describes the circumstances surrounding a male Falcated Duck at WWT Welney, Norfolk, in December 1986…

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When considering additions to the British List, wildfowl are among the most controversial group of bird species for the British Ornithologists’ Union Records Committee to consider…

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British Birds January 2020: summary of contents

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This report documents the status of rare or scarce native birds that were recorded breeding, or showed signs of breeding, in the UK in 2017. It was a particularly memorable year for rare breeding birds…

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The subject of rewilding has received wide publicity recently, yet not too long ago this concept was familiar to just a handful of enthusiasts. It is the notion of taking large parts of the countryside and letting much of it revert back to what it looked like before either the agricultural or the industrial revolution. To many people this is just a fanciful idea that simply will not happen, because too few people really care about wildlife and because governments will always seek to please the majority and take decisions that reduce our national debt. However, within the rewilding model is an overall message that if we think only on a small scale, we will never manage to maintain habitats that support many of our currently declining bird species…

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Ospreys are, by and large, a good news story. They are recovering rapidly from past declines caused by persecution and the harmful effects of pesticides. Humans now help, rather than hinder, by putting up platforms to increase nesting opportunities and, increasingly, by translocating young birds to speed up their return to areas from which they have been lost…

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