Editorials

Fish discards are big news. On average, some 8% (6.8 million tonnes) of the total catch by weight of marine organisms caught by fishing boats worldwide are discarded every year…

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In recent years it appears that there has been an increasing public interest and involvement in environmental matters, including wildlife crime, and that social media has played a pivotal role in this trend. As a plethora of internet-based sharing sites have continued to develop, websites and bloggers have taken full advantage of this communication network…

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No Way But Gentlenesse. It slowly dawned on me that the author, Richard Hines, was once the boy whose early experiences with a Kestrel inspired the character Billy Casper in the 1968 novel and later the film Kes…

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The mission for a goose conservationist in the early 1950s was clear. Economic development and post-war reconstruction was leading to widespread loss and degradation of wetlands across Europe…

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…like many birders of my age, I have built a large and eclectic library of old and contemporary bird books and, as my children do not share my interest, I am left wondering what to do with my collection when I eventually “pop my clogs”…

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Confused by constant taxonomic upheaval? BB‘s Mark Holling surveys the scene…

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By David Agombar No fewer than 15 of the 22 species of albatross in the world are threatened with extinction, yet it is estimated that over 100,000 albatrosses die every year as…

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Now that the long, dark winter nights have returned, those of us lucky enough to live around Blakeney or Cley are that much more aware of our lack of street lights, and of how, on dark starry nights, the Norfolk sky is as black and the stars twinkle as brightly as ever…

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Field guides are an essential identification tool for birders. Here, Nigel Redman reflects on the history and development of the genre, and examines how field guides can continue to serve birders in the future…

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In the early 1970s, the news of a proposal to build London’s third airport off the coast of Essex, at Foulness on Maplin Sands, was greeted with dismay by conservationists. Maplin collapsed under its own economics following the oil crisis that began in 1973 and so the Thames Estuary escaped death by airport; but it was brutally clear that saving our best places for wildlife without hard evidence was not a credible strategy…

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