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It’s been a year of mixed fortunes for Sparrowhawks in British gardens, with the highest recorded average counts in gardens last January, followed by the lowest-ever numbers for December, as reported by BTO Garden BirdWatch survey…

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Have you photographed a young Dunnock or Whinchat?

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Latest research, just published, shows a population of large gulls in Scotland failed to thrive as the fish catch landed by the local fishing fleet fell.

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Since disbanding its Taxonomic Subcommittee last year, the British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU) has made clear its intention to choose one of the global avian taxonomies to use going forward. Finally their decision has been made, and here is their announcement in full:

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Scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Groningen, in The Netherlands, have created a computer game style experiment which sheds new light on the reasons why Starlings flock in massive swirling groups over wintering grounds…

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BB grants to young birders: we are now looking for applications from young people aged 16–21 for projects in 2017…

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The number of Pochards migrating to the UK for winter has decreased by 60% since the 1980s, despite the number that breed here doubling over the same period. This decrease reflects the widespread declines in breeding numbers recorded elsewhere across Europe, of which little has been understood until now…

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It was sad to hear yesterday that James Ferguson-Lees passed away in early January 2017…

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The 2016 IUCN Red List for Birds update highlights conservation success for two UK Overseas Territory species: Montserrat Oriole and St Helena Plover have both been given an improved conservation status…

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Some bird species take it in turns to do the night shift of parental care, whilst others leave it to the female look after the nest after dark, says the largest study of its kind into understanding parental behaviour in shorebirds…

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