Editorials

Most of us enjoy a bit of peace and quiet – a break from the usual barrage of artificial sounds associated with modern living. I certainly appreciate places where natural sounds are dominant. As I’ve got older and my hearing has started to deteriorate, I find it more and more desirable to find quiet places to spend time outdoors…

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Inland Hampshire does not immediately spring to mind as a prime birding location, but that’s the thing about patch birding: it doesn’t matter. For me, patch birding is the simple enjoyment of birding somewhere very familiar…

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One of the main ecological benefits derived from domestic livestock stems from their dung which, when deposited naturally on pasture, can support huge numbers of insects. These insects in turn may serve as food for birds. My aim here is to draw attention to the importance of livestock dung in the lives of birds…

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By Mike Everett I recognised the calls at once. Luckily, my bins were close at hand and in seconds I was watching two very handsome adult Mediterranean Gulls Ichthyaetus melanocephalus circling over…

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Unfortunately, a small number of defective copies of the December issue of BB have been despatched to subscribers – if you have one, please let Hazel Jenner know – send her an e-mail with your name (and address or subscriber number) and we’ll send out a fresh copy.

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Veganism is nothing new – it’s been an important part of some cultures for hundreds of years and has been gaining popularity in the UK since the middle of the last century. Recently, however, the number of vegans has grown more quickly and there are now over 500,000 in the UK compared with around 150,000 a decade ago…

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Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather: fashion, fury and feminism – women’s fight for change, by Tessa Boase, was published by Aurum Press in May 2018. If they ever make a drama out of the (Royal) Society for the Protection of Birds’ origins, based on this book, it might open like this:

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Dramatic images of seabirds, entangled in netting or with their stomach cut open to reveal ingested plastic, generate stark headlines from news outlets and on social media, and tug at our heartstrings. Yet, with 4.8–12.7 million metric tonnes of plastic estimated to enter our oceans every year it is hardly surprising that seabirds have to contend with the potential problems…

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It’s the middle Friday in July and the British Birds newsletter has arrived; I reach down to pick the envelope off the doormat…

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While some might view the successful adaptations of large gulls as a refreshing counterpoint to the general, depressing trend of species being pushed to extinction by human activities, this perspective is not dominant…

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