Editorials

Very occasionally, BB has offered to publicise a one-off product review on its website, and this is another of those situations. When ZEISS offered up a pair of its new SF 8×42 binoculars, I was sufficiently intrigued to say yes. Given that I have used one of the new model’s predecessors – the ZEISS FL 8×42 – since 2008, I was keen to inspect the development of the company’s flagship binocular, and whether significant improvements had been made…

Read More »

I began my study of House Sparrows Passer domesticus in 1947. I have now watched them in more than 70 countries, from sea level in Tierra del Fuego to over 2,000 m in the Himalayas; from a dentist’s chair in Newbury to 340 m below ground in Frickley Colliery in Yorkshire, where a pair successfully reared three young. They still surprise and fascinate me…

Read More »

The fact that vultures are in serious decline over most of Asia and Africa is attracting increasing international attention. Asian vulture populations are thought to stand now at less than 1% of their numbers only 25 years ago, and African populations have collapsed over the past decade or more. In every case, this is due primarily or entirely to increased poisoning…

Read More »

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!

Read More »

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…

Read More »

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…

Read More »

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…

Read More »

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…

Read More »

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…

Read More »

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…

Read More »