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The latest Breeding Bird Survey results show that Spotted Flycatchers and Willow Warblers are thriving north of the Scottish border, whilst struggling south of it. The latest report shows a 66% increase for Spotted Flycatcher during 2011–2016 and a 21% upturn for Willow Warbler in Scotland over the last 23 years. In England, both of these birds are in trouble…

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The Iberian Lynx – the rarest species of cat in the world – is now also one of European conservation’s greatest success stories, with numbers in the wild up more than five-fold in just 15 years…

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This year marks the 90th anniversary for BTO’s longest running survey, which has been carried out annually since 1928, and represents, as far as anyone is aware, the longest running dataset for any breeding bird in the world…

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The British Birds Charitable Trust is again looking for applications from young people aged 16–21 for projects in 2018. Grants would be up to a maximum of £250 and in the first instance all that we need is an e-mail to…

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Greenland White-fronted Geese make a 6,000-km round trip each year to overwinter in Scotland but not every bird finds it a breeze, according to new research from Wildflowl & Wetlands Trust…

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The 20th annual BirdTrends report, just published by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), gives the latest information on the winners and losers in the British countryside…

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The Kittiwake has been added to the list of birds considered to be facing the risk of global extinction. Globally, the species is thought to have declined by around 40% since the 1970s, justifying its uplisting from Least Concern to Vulnerable…

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The State of the UK’s Birds 2017 (SUKB) – the one-stop shop for all the latest results from bird surveys and monitoring studies – this year highlights how many of the UK’s species are already being affected by climate change, responding to UK average summer temperatures having increased by nearly 1ºC since the 1980s.

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Global Puffin numbers have plummeted in recent years with scientists predicting that without help more than half of the population could disappear within the next generation…

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Police and the RSPB are appealing for information following the disappearance of a satellite-tagged Hen Harrier near Carlisle.

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