Editorials

It’s a question we’ve all got used to hearing over the years: ‘Where have all the young birders gone?’ Well, I’ve got news for you – they’re back!

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Straddling the border between Poland and Belarus, the Białowieża Forest is all that remains of the primeval lowland forests that once covered almost the whole of Europe. At present, it is the only place in Europe where patches of primeval forest still survive…

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Andy Clements is Director of the BTO, and has worked in conservation for more than 30 years. Here he gives a personal reflection on his own experience of how Europe can shape our achievements, and thus what he suggests we might bear in mind when contemplating how to vote in the imminent referendum…

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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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