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  • New ideas to save the capercaillie in Scotland

    New ideas to save the capercaillie in Scotland

    29th March 2022

    Above: Scottish beauty: capercaillie is a localised breeding species of grouse that makes its home in native pinewood and commercial conifer plantations ©Shutterstock.com/godi photo   By Georgina Probert A new report warns that capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) could be lost to…

  • BS Spring show to trial staging birds by colour

    BS Spring show to trial staging birds by colour

    29th March 2022

    Above: All change – at the BS Spring Event in May, the exhibition birds will be benched by colour to reduce the need for moving birds around and hence the number of stewards   By Georgina Probert The Budgerigar Society…

  • The common crane makes a comeback

    The common crane makes a comeback

    7th February 2022

    Above: These 18-month-old cranes ‘Christine’ and ‘Gilbert’ (centre) were released by the Great Crane Project onto the Somerset Levels and Moors. Photo: Nick Upton/rspb-images.com   By Georgina Probert A new breeding survey has found that 2021 was a record year…

  • Gamekeeper found guilty of killing buzzards

    Gamekeeper found guilty of killing buzzards

    7th February 2022

    Above – Buzzard: protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 © Shutterstock.com/Erni   By Georgina Probert A GAMEKEEPER WHO was caught on camera beating two buzzards (Buteo buteo) to death has been charged with a suspended…

  • Ambitious new Scottish national show to launch

    Ambitious new Scottish national show to launch

    2nd February 2022

    Above: Scotland’s National Bird Club was co-founded by Adam Fleming (centre). He is pictured here with his brother Dougie (right) and Brent Humphries who will be judging the zebra finch section at the new Scotland’s National show   By Georgina…

  • Avian malaria devastates Humboldt penguin colony

    Avian malaria devastates Humboldt penguin colony

    2nd February 2022

    Above – Sweet smelling and a preventative measure: the nesting boxes at Penguin Bay will henceforth be treated with lavender oil once a week to help deter mosquitos   THE HUMBOLDT PENGUIN colony at Dudley Zoo (DZC) in the West…

  • Bird-singing contests put pressure on wild populations

    Bird-singing contests put pressure on wild populations

    14th January 2022

    Above – Orange-headed thrush: a popular species used in bird-singing competitions. Are they to blame for its declining population? Photo: JJ Harrison/Wikimedia Creative Commons   TWO RESEARCHERS FROM the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the US have examined the practice…

  • 2021 was a record year for barn owls

    2021 was a record year for barn owls

    14th January 2022

    Above: a total of 14 chicks have successfully fledged at Cossington Meadows in Leicestershire. Photo: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust   A RECORD NUMBER of 14 barn own chicks fledged at Cossington Meadows Nature Reserve in Leicestershire in 2021, which…

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