54 News and comment Maddy Hine and Russ Malin
59 Action for Birds in England: partnership working to deliver species-focused conservation Mark A. Eaton, Andy Brown, Andy Evans, David W. Gibbons, Phil Grice, Leigh Lock, Laurence Rose, Simon Wotton and Richard D. Gregory
87 Zino’s Petrel off Scilly: new to Britain Robert L. Flood
94 The American Goshawk in Britain Andy Stoddart
106 Recent reports
108 My patch
We know that all too many of our birds are in trouble and that action needs to be taken – but taking such action isn’t always easy, especially if the causes of declines are unknown or the problems are widespread. Action for Birds in England (AfBiE) is perhaps one of the most important conservation partnerships in England, yet many of us may not know much about it. The collaboration, between RSPB and Natural England, aims to research and implement action for struggling species in England, working with other groups and NGOs in the process. In our lead paper this month, an overview of everything that AfBiE is doing is given, along with a number of case studies that highlight where the initiative has succeeded – and areas where work still needs to be done.
Stephen Menzie, Editor