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Restoring islands by removing damaging, invasive mammals such as rats, cats, goats and pigs could help prevent a disproportionate number of future extinctions according to new research…

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A new study reveals that young Hen Harriers in England suffer abnormally high mortality compared with populations in Orkney and mainland Scotland; and the study provides compelling evidence that the most likely cause is illegal killing in areas associated with grouse moor management…

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Thanks to the readers of BB and the generosity of individual donors, the British Birds Charitable Trust (BBCT) was able to donate over £21,000 to bird-related projects in 2018. The funding will support a broad range of topics, including assistance to young birders, ornithological studies and conservation and environmental projects…

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The BB Charitable Trust is again looking for applicants from young people aged 16–21 for projects in 2019. It could fund an observatory visit, a small-scale research project or perhaps habitat creation at a local patch. The aim is simply to encourage young people with their birding…

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A European Storm-petrel chick has been recorded calling on the Shiant Isles for the very first time. This is an important step for the Shiant Isles Recovery Project as it’s the first known breeding of this species on the islands….

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RSPB Scotland is appealing for information following the suspicious disappearance of four satellite tagged Hen Harriers over the last 10 weeks…

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The latest population model predicts that there could be as many as 275 breeding pairs of Common Cranes in the UK within 50 years…

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The dramatic decline of UK Common Nightingale populations – we have lost over 90% in the last 50 years – has led to the species being placed on the Birds of Conservation Concern Red List. A new survey gives new insight into this iconic bird…

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A White-tailed Eagle chick has successfully hatched in Orkney for the first time in over 140 years, RSPB Scotland has announced. One chick has been seen, but local RSPB Scotland staff believe that there may be two…

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As this year’s annual Corn Crake survey gets underway RSPB Scotland is concerned that the future of the species is far from assured. 2017’s survey revealed a drop in numbers with only 866 calling males recorded in Scotland…

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